White Oak man pleads guilty to gambling charge

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A White Oak man who had video poker machines seized from his business during an investigation of a Mon Valley gambling ring pleaded guilty Monday to allowing gambling.

Mark Novakovich, 56, was ordered to pay a $300 fine and Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Williams imposed no further penalty.

Mr. Novakovich was among those who appeared before a grand jury investigating the gambling ring in a probe that ensnared a McKeesport councilman, the Forward police chief and a Frank Sinatra impersonator.

The accused ringleader in the operation, Ronald “Porky” Melocchi, 55, of McKeesport, is scheduled to appear in court in September.

Mr. Novakovich’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

First Published July 29, 2014 12:00 AM

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