Authorities in Westmoreland County charged a man this week for his role in a large-scale gambling operation after they recovered $1.68 million worth of bookmaking evidence, contraband, luxury cars and cash at his home, business and banks.
John Caccamese, of Greensburg, has been charged with a felony count of money laundering, numerous gambling law violations and related misdemeanors, according to Pennsylvania State Police investigators.
Police executed more than 20 search warrants in two states and four Pennsylvania counties as part of their investigation into bookmaking operations in Hempfield and Youngwood, which started in 2010, according to a state police news release.
In 2011, authorities searched Mr. Caccamese's residence and his Youngwood restaurant, Delaney's Pub, before executing four more search warrants at bank safety deposit boxes.
More search warrants followed on banks, financial institutions, accountants and others seeking financial records. A forensic audit revealed "significant evidence as it related to the laundering of illicit proceeds of the bookmaking operation," according to the release.
The investigation, which is ongoing, was initiated by the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the district attorneys' offices in Fayette and Westmoreland counties.
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