FBI, NYPD bust international sports gambling rings - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

FBI, NYPD bust international sports gambling rings

Posted: Updated:
The FBI is asking for the public's assistance locating Abraham Mosseri, Donald McCalmont, and William Edler. The FBI is asking for the public's assistance locating Abraham Mosseri, Donald McCalmont, and William Edler.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Dozens of people were busted for their roles in at least two international sportsbooks that catered to wealthy customers in the United States, Russia and the Ukraine. Several alleged members of the illegal sports gambling ring remain on the loose, according to the FBI.

One of the organizations laundered tens of millions of dollars into the U.S. and the other was financed by a prestigious art gallery in New York City, said the FBI.

Hillel Nahmad, 34, the owner of the Helly Nahmad Gallery at the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, was among those arrested.

"As alleged, these criminal enterprises were vast and many-tentacled, with one of them reaching across the Atlantic to launder tens of millions of dollars from Russia to the U.S. via Cyprus and, in some cases, back again. International money laundering is a serious offense, and we will do everything within our power to inhibit those who seek to sanitize the proceeds of crime through legitimate investment vehicles in this country from doing so," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

Thirty-four people were busted on Tuesday. At least three alleged members of the rings remain at large.

The FBI is asking for the public's assistance locating Abraham Mosseri, Donald McCalmont, and William Edler.

Mosseri, 40, is wanted for his role in operating an illegal sports bookmaking operation.

McCalmont, 45, is wanted for laundering money through Titan Plumbing, a Bronx company taken over to repay a gambling debt.

Edler, 49, is wanted for his role in operating an illegal sports bookmaking operation.

"The subjects in this case ran high-stakes illegal poker games and online gambling, proceeds from which are alleged to have been funneled to organized crime overseas. The one thing they didn't bet on was the New York City police and federal investigators' attention," said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:45:43 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:54:31 GMT
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
  • Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:30:48 GMT
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices