Gambling Crackdown Leads To Four Rockland Arrests

Four Rockland residents have been arrested following the county’s pressure on sports betting under the 10-month investigation called “Operation Rock Bottom.” The release by The Office of the District Attorney outlined the gambling operation which was carried out on a website where individuals would place bets online under a username and get paid out weekly based on wages placed on various sports events. The pool of money was collected and paid up to organized crime groups. Ronald Ayes, of South Nyack, Nicholas Farese, of Nanuet, Anthony Moschella of Valley Cottage, and John Reyes of Monsey were charged with promoting gambling in the first degree, possession of gambling records in the first degree, and a host of class “E” felonies. They were arraigned by Judge Scott Ugell at Clarkstown Justice Court and released, assigned a future court date. District Attorney Thomas Zugibe noted the participation of the Clarkstown, and Ramapo Police Departments as well as the South Nyack-Grandview Police Departments and New York State Special Investigative Unit, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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