Vincent F. Civella, the son of Kansas City Crime Family boss Anthony "Tony Ripe" Civella, pleaded guilty in federal court today to running an illegal gambling operation on the Internet.
Civella, 53, is the sixth man to plead guilty in the probe.
His family has long ties to gambling. Tony Ripe, his father, was sentenced
to five years in prison for skimming casino profits. While locked up,
Tony Ripe allegedly kept the business running through William "Willie the Rat" Cammisano.
As part of his guilty plea, Vincent Civella agreed to give up his share
of the profits from the operation -- $40,000 -- to the feds and copped
to running the sports bookmaking operation over a three year span
(March 2006 to the end of March 2009).
In the course of the operation, Civella was in charge of bettors who dropped more than $300,000.
faces up to five years in federal prison without parole and a fine of
up to $250,000. His sentencing has yet to be scheduled.
Others who have pleaded guilty included William D. Cammisano Jr., the 60-year-old son of noted mobster William "Willie the Rat" Cammisano; brothers Michael and Anthony Sansone, Tony Ripe's grandsons; 24-year-old Charles J. Simone; and 26-year-old Michael V.