13 suspects in gambling ring set for arraignment in North Huntingdon
Thirteen people are expected to surrender Thursday morning on charges that they were involved in illegal sports bookmaking and lotteries.
Charges were filed last week by agents with the state attorney general’s office against the suspects, including residents of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.
The suspects are set for arraignment in North Huntingdon.
Based on a grand jury investigation launched in March 2015, Robert Elia Iannelli, 88, of Wexford and his son, Rodney Elia Iannelli, 58, of Pittsburgh are accused of heading the ring.
They are charged with two counts each of corrupt organizations and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. They also are each charged with additional counts of illegal lotteries, bookmaking, criminal use of a communication facility and conspiracy.
The others are accused of varying involvement in the ring.
Charged with corrupt organizations, illegal lotteries, criminal use of a communication facility and conspiracy are: James Roger Martorella, 69, of Pittsburgh, Victor Marchitello, 70, of Harrison City, Vincent M. Rapneth, 61, of Verona, Levi Wilson Helsel, 26, of Pittsburgh, Frank Joseph Pasquino, 74, of Irwin, Kathryn Venturini, 72, of North Huntingdon, and John James Harkins, 70, of Pittsburgh.
Kathryn Ayers, 43, of East Pittsburgh is charged with illegal lotteries and conspiracy. Harry Ronald Stetson, 71, of Sharpsburg, is charged with corrupt organizations, bookmaking, criminal use of a communication facility and conspiracy.
Arden Keith Metcalfe, 62, of Monongahela and Floyd A. Panella, 67, of Beaver are charged with engaging in poolselling/bookmaking.
Renatta Signorini and Paul Peirce are Tribune-Review staff writers. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.