Queens Residents Cuffed For Gambling Ring

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

A family-operated gambling ring has been busted.

Last week, six people were indicted for running an illegal gambling operation in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island. Five of the six named in the indictment have been arrested.

The people named in the indictment are Saul Montalvo, his sister Veronica, both of whom live in Ozone Park, his son Daniel, who lives in Corona, Benny Maldonado, a Ridgewood resident, Rosa Rincon, who lives in Woodhaven, and Juan Arias from the Bronx. Daniel Montalvo is the lone member of the ring who has not been arrested and police are currently looking for him.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office, the group annually took about $1 million in numbers bets. The Queens narcotics division started their investigation of the ring run by Saul Montalvo and Arias in February of this year.

According to the criminal charges, the group operated a central wire room in Brooklyn where all the money would be located. The room allegedly maintained several fax machines that received betting slips from more than 30 betting parlors in Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County.

Rincon allegedly managed the second wire room out of a house in Woodhaven. Daniel Montalvo and Maldonando were allegedly in charge of collecting and distributing the money to the betting parlors.

“A six-month investigation that utilized both court-authorized wiretaps and physical surveillance has dismantled this family-operated gambling ring that allegedly ran an old-fashioned numbers racket complete with betting parlors, wire rooms and runners and collectors that handled approximately $3,000 a day in bets, or $1 million a year,” DA Brown said in the release.

The five who were arrested face various charges, including crimes of enterprise corruption and first-degree promoting gambling and face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.