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Member of Gambino Crime Family Receives 11-Year Prison Term

Friday, October 29, 2010

A New Jersey man that police identify as a top member of the Gambino crime family has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, after pleading guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy charge.

U.S. District Attorney Paul Fishman says Andrew Merola, also known as Andrew Knapik, admitted to several illegal activities, including running a gambling operation, conspiring to commit wire fraud and taking bribes. The activities took place between 2002 and 2008.

Merola must also forfeit $100,000, and pay more than $161,000 in restitution. He will serve three years of supervised release after his prison term. Fourteen others have already been charged in connection with Merola's activities.

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