Three men indicted on gambling, money laundering charges

Updated: 06/25/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 06/25/2014 4:49 PM WHEC.com

Three men have been indicted on 23 charges for conducting an illegal gambling business.

A federal grand jury returned charges against 66-year-old Paul Borrelli and 32-year-old Joseph Ruff, both of Rochester, and 40-year-old Mark Ruff of Connecticut.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola tells News10NBC that since January 2012, Borrelli, Joseph Ruff and Mark Ruff have conducted an illegal gambling business involving sports betting. Investigators say that betting utilized multiple offshore internet gambling websites. We’re told the three men provided betters with an account and password that allowed them to place wagers on various events over the websites. Marangola said the websites provide the "line" and tallied the total won or lost by the bettors. According to authorities, cash payments to settle bets took place at face-to-face meetings, drop-offs at residences or The Marina Bar, which is owned and managed by Borrelli and Joseph Ruff, FedEx deliveries and bank deposits.

Authorities seized more than $80,000 in gambling proceeds at various locations as a result of today’s raids.

If convicted of the illegal gambling offense, the three men face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of the money laundering charges, Paul Borrelli and Joseph Ruff face a maximum sentence up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Additionally, Marangola says the men would be required to forfeit $76-million. Prosecutors say that’s the sum of money equal to the total amount of gross wagers involved in the illegal gambling business, six bank accounts, three real properties and a vehicle.  

Borrelli and Joseph Ruff were arraigned Wednesday afternoon and released. They are due back in court on July 1. We’re told an arrest warrant has been issued for Mark Ruff.

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