Current Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:53:13 -0400
NEW YORK (MCT) — In a major sweep against organized crime figures Thursday, the FBI arrested more than 100 accused mobsters and conspirators on Long Island and in New York, New Jersey and New England, including a former police officer, officials said in court documents.
Former Suffolk County, N.Y., police Emergency Services Unit officer Robert Dito was assigned to investigate illegal gambling — but instead allegedly conspired to protect a gambling operation at a Long Island club by tipping off owners to police raids, authorities said.
Dito, who also was supposed to investigate Gambino and Colombo crime family soldiers and associates, was charged with obstructing a state investigation.
Some of those arrested were indicted on charges of involvement in illegal gambling at clubs in Westbury and Bohemia, N.Y., while others were charged with extortion involving club owners.