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.