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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Another guilty plea in online gambling case


William D. Cammisano Jr., 60, of Harrisonville, has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he participated in an online gambling operation. He's the fifth person here in the Kansas City area to plead. The feds say that Cammisano and others would give a 1-800 number and a Web site address based in Costa Rica to potential bettors, who would place bets online. Then Cammisano and others would collect debts or pay out in person.

Mark Morris has more background:

In 1988, the FBI identified Cammisano as a lieutenant in Kansas City’s outfit. At the time, the bureau also identified his father, known as “Willie the Rat,” as the city’s top mob leader at the time.

In 1989, a federal jury convicted Cammisano of obstruction of justice, and he was sentenced to five years in prison. A judge later trimmed two years off that sentence after an appeals court ruled that prosecutors had not presented enough evidence of his alleged organized crime activities to justify the higher sentence.

In September 1994, his federal conviction prompted the Missouri Gaming Commission to ban Cammisano from the state’s casinos.

Fighting that exclusion, Cammisano denied any connection to organized crime and praised his father as “a great man.”


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