NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal authorities said 15 people, including a police detective and two firefighters, have been arrested in connection with a New York City gambling ring.

The suspects were taken into custody Thursday morning. They’re accused of running illegal card games on Staten Island.

According to an indictment, the floating poker game operated in various locations, including Hylan and Victory Boulevards and Arthur Kill Road.

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New York Police Department Detective Richard Palase, firefighters Michael Bergen and Gerald Parsons and the other defendants, including a retired police sergeant and a retired firefighter, were to make an initial appearance later in the day in federal court in Brooklyn.

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At least $2,000 was made and or bet in the games.

Sometimes text messages were used to contact the participants and inform them of the game’s latest location, officials said.

Other defendants include a retired police sergeant and a retired firefighter.

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Comments (8)
  1. Marc Lefebvre says:

    I dont think you guys are reading this article at all. NYPD didnt waste time busting this game, NYPD **WAS** busted at the game BY the Feds. This game was protected by the NYPD.

    That being said, I think its a joke that the Feds are wasting their time and our resources trying to bust poker games, live and online.

  2. derek says:

    the city is much safer now that some people can’t play poker in the privacy of their own home. hopefully, no one got robbed, raped, or murdered in the entire city of new york while this “sting” was going down.

  3. The Facts says:

    Why waste law enforcement resources on victimless “crimes”? The focus needs to be on violent crime and terrorism.

  4. Chaim says:

    All this for a ” CARD GAME@???? are you f****ng kidding me? And for that you use the FBI and an army of law enforcement? What the hell is country turning into!

  5. RichieT says:

    It’s not as stupid as giving speeding tickets to bike riders in Central Park.

    1. KPMc says:

      Speeding/reckless bikes in CP are dangerous and deserve tickets. Pedestrians use the park too. Floating poker games seem fairly victimless except for those avoiding taxes.

      Nice try but you obnoxious bike riders don’t equate to this story.

  6. sean says:

    This arrest makes the news. A card game. Come on NYPD: you could do better than this.

  7. Brooklyn McDirtyshoes says:

    Good thing the NYPD spend time and resources to bust this ring up and make our society safer. You feel safer, right? Now that they can’t play poker any more? Whew.

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