Gambino Crime Family Implicated in Missouri Phone Scam

JANUARY 10, 2006 - Posted at 8:14 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, MO - A federal judge sentences a New York man to four years and nine months in prison for helping his brother bilk the government out of $9 million.

Richard T. Martino, 46, of Tuckahoe, New York, also has paid $5.5 million of the almost $6 million he must forfeit to the government.

Marino and his brother, Daniel T. Martino, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.  Richard Martino, a reputed member of the Gambino crime family, also pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.

Prosecutors say the men used their controlling interest in Cass Telephone Company to inflate the company's expenses.  That qualified the company to receive extra subsidies from federal funds aimed at helping rural carriers.

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