Bayonne man pleads guilty to conspiring with the Genovese crime family in internet gambling

A Bayonne man pleaded guilty today to being an associate of and conspiring with the Genovese crime family in connection to a federal online betting ring probe, and two others were sentenced after pleading guilty to the same offense, officials said.
Eric Patten, 37, of Bayonne, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act) and will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when sentenced on Dec. 3, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
The organized crime crew and the criminal enterprise joined forces to allow organized crime members and associates to use the Internet to engaging in and profiting from illegal sports betting through the Beteagle website, according to court statements and documents.
Of the 14 people originally charged in the probe in May of 2012, seven have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Charges against the others are still pending, officials said.
John Breheney, 49, of Little Egg Harbor, was sentenced to 38 months in prison today in connection to for conspiracy to violate the Rico Act by participating in the activities of the Genovese Crime Family through a pattern of racketeering activity and through the collection of unlawful debt. He also pleaded guilty to tax evasion, officials said.
Patsy Pirozzi, 75, of Suffern, New York, was sentenced to 22 months in prison today in connection to the website after having pleaded guilty to violating the RICO Act, officials said.
Last week, Bayonne residents Mark A. Sanzo, 56; Robert J. Scerbo, 56, and William A. Bruder, 44, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in connection to the probe, officials said.
Associates of the crew were given access to Beteagle and were considered “agents.” Before computerized betting, they would have known as “bookmakers” or “bookies.” Agents or sub-agents maintained a group of bettors and to place bets, the agent or sub-agent issued the bettor a username and password for the website, according to court statements and documents.
No money or credits were made or transferred through the website. Associates of the crew paid out winnings or collected losses in person. If a bettor failed to pay his gambling losses, the crew used their organized crime status and threats of violence to collect on these debts, according to court statements and documents.