NEW YORK – Authorities in New York say that a member of an eastern European organized crime syndicate will spend nearly four years in prison for a high-stakes gambling operation linked to violence, which extended to Russia and Israel.
Acting Prosecutor of the V. S. Bridget M. Rohde and the other federal officials say that Igor Krugly was sentenced on Wednesday to an extortion conviction.
Eleven other members of the syndicate have been charged in the case. Seven have pleaded guilty to extortion and related crimes.
Court filings say that in addition to illegal gambling, they have committed arson, assault, drug trafficking, extortion and loansharking.
A man who fled because of Krugly tens of thousands of dollars in Brooklyn gambling debts was detected in Israel. Less than an hour after his encounter with the syndicate, and he arranged the loan repayment.