A grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday charges two San Diego-area card rooms and 25 people with illegal gambling, money laundering and prostitution-related crimes.
A contingent of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, including a SWAT team, served search warrants at Palomar Card Club on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park and Seven Mile Casino on Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista early this morning, arresting suspects and gathering evidence, authorities said.
The raids culminated a “multi-year” investigation into the businesses, FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth said.
According to the indictment, the defendants ran illicit gambling operations, including illegal bookmaking, poker and blackjack, from at least 2013 until last month.
Those facing federal charges in the case were identified as Kyle Allen; Alfredo Barba; Stephen “Stevie T.” Bednar; Jaime Behar; Jeffrey Broadt; Ricardo Castellanos-Velasquez; Arturo Diaz-Ramirez; Matthew Greenwood; Michael Hipple; Joshua Jones; Alexandra Kane; Craig Kolk; Ali “Alex” Lareybi; Thomas “Tommy Ty” Mallozzi; Jeffrey Mohr; Joseph Palermo; Christopher Parsons; Jean Paul Rojo; Bryan Sibbach; Harvey Souza; Jeffrey Stoff; David “Fat Dave” Stroj; Robert Stroj; and Duy Trang.
— City News Service