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Final Co-Defendant Sentenced in Gambling Ring

The final man caught up in a local gambling ring detected a year ago was sentenced on Tuesday, April 15, according to Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares.

Judge Joseph Teresi sentenced Timothy Robillard, 44, of Clifton Park, to one year of a Conditional Discharge and ordered to forfeit $25,000 in illegal gambling profits. Back on February 18, Robillard pled guilty to one count of Promoting Gambling (1st Degree, Class E Felony). Robillard was an Albany County corrections officer.

On July 7, 2011 Robillard, along with Joseph Carucci, 68, of Albany, James Cerniglia, 47, of Clifton Park, also a corrections officer, Craig Hayner, 44, of Clifton Park, and Christopher Socola, 42, of Clifton Park, got together to form a bookmaking operation, authorities said. On June 25, 2013, Carucci, Cerniglia and Socola each pleaded guilty for their roles in the gambling ring.

Carucci and Cerniglia both pleaded guilty to one count of Promoting Gambling (2nd Degree, Class A Misdemeanor); Socola pleaded guilty to one count of Promoting Gambling (1st Degree, Class E Felony) after admitting engaging in a bookmaking for profit scheme, including a July 2011 incident in Albany County. Carucci and Cerniglia pleaded guilty to knowingly advancing or profiting from unlawful gambling activity, authorities said.

On August 27, 2013, Socola, Carucci and Cerniglia were each sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge. Carucci forfeited $15,000 and Cerniglia gave up $5,000 in illegal gambling profits, the DA’s office said.

On July 23, 2013, Hayner pleaded guilty to one count of Promoting Gambling (1st Degree, Class E Felony). He admitted to engaging in a bookmaking for profit scheme, including a July 2011 incident in Albany County. Hayner also forfeited $250,000 in illegal gambling profits at the time of sentencing.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Steven Sharp and Assistant District Attorney Brett Knowles.

 

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