Pennsylvania The connection with the gambling ring awaits sentencing

July 14, 2015: Pennsylvania state REP. Marc Gergely discuss education funding with other legislators.


Former Pennsylvania state Rep. Marc Gergely – resigned last month – expected sentencing next week on corruption charges in connection with an illegal gambling machine ring.

Gergely, 48, a Democrat from Allegheny County, served in the state House for seven terms, is set to appear Monday in court for his conviction on charges of conspiracy and violating the state’s campaign-Finance laws on the cash contributions.

He was forced to step down from his state House seat in November as a condition of an agreement he entered in August for the two misdemeanor charges.

Gergely was accused of working in tandem with a liquor attorney, Louis Caputo, and to enrich its position and to “protect” Ronald “Porky” Melocchi – the former owner of the video gaming machines.

He was, allegedly, to convince his influence, entrepreneurs, skeptical, to play, to install the machines in the possession of Melocchi.

“While other providers may, at times, more lucrative conditions, in an effort to new ‘holds’ Melocchi would leave on the character and business properties that he owned, as well as his connections, in competition with these other providers,” the state “grand jury,” wrote, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

He added: “whereas Melocchi may not be able or willing to offer large amounts of money to the owner/operator of the future ‘holds’ it, you could imagine Gergely and Caputo as a Demonstration of strength in relation to the people with whom he had a connection.”

State attorney Mark Serge said in April that both Gergely and Caputo gave the appearance of Melocchi with “friends in high places”.

In addition to conspiracy charges, Gergely was also accused of the reported along a contribution of Melocchi to another Person – in violation of state campaign-Finance laws on anonymous or third-party contributions, the Post-Gazette.

Caputo was found guilty of criminal solicitation in the last summer and sentenced to five years of probation. Melocchi pleaded guilty, in the year 2015, strains with corrupt organizations and gambling equipment. He was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Before Gergely resigned last month, he also particularly for a gambling-expansion bill, which would allow the placement of slot machines are stations on car in Pennsylvania. To pass the bill in October and has since signed by democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

To select the special option s Gergely ‘ successor, instead of Jan. 23, the Pittsburgh Post reported the Gazette.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.

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