The Queens District Attorney's Office this afternoon announced the indictment of 17 individuals on charges of running a $30 million-a-year illegal sports betting operation.
The operation, based primarily out of a Long Island City strip club and a Jackson Heights restaurant, was allegedly headed by former New York Police Department officer John Kinahan.
A 16-count Enterprise Corruption indictment was unsealed by the Queens County Supreme Court today, which charges that the gambling ring "promoted illegal sports betting in Queens County and elsewhere," and that the defendants were involved with an offshore gambling wire room, which they accessed through an "800" toll-free phone number or online through the Web site, www.50ksports.com.
"When it comes to Internet sports gambling rings operating in Queens County all bets are off," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The defendants are expected to be arraigned later today before Queens County Supreme Court Justice Robert Kohm.
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