Westmoreland County, state AG to get funds from illegal lottery |

Westmoreland County, state AG to get funds from illegal lottery

Westmoreland County and the state attorney general’s office will reap the benefits of an illegal lottery operation that was dismantled last year.

Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro said about $34,000 that was seized by police from Daniel Gerard Petrella, 62, of Hempfield will be split between the county’s general fund and the state attorney general.

Petrella pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor counts of maintaining an illegal lottery.

He was sentenced by Judge Rita Hathaway to one year of probation with the possibility of supervision ending in six months.

Petrella admitted guilt during the proceedings, but he declined to comment. Attorney Kenneth Burkley told Hathaway that Petrella doesn’t have a record.

State police were alerted Nov. 22, 2013, to a possible illegal lottery operation in Petrella’s home, according to court documents.

Petrella outlined the operation in detail during a recorded telephone conversation with a confidential informant, Trooper Teko Angelicchio wrote in an affidavit.

Police served a search warrant on Petrella’s home on Dec. 18, 2013, and found “numerous” illegal lottery tickets, ticket stubs, owe sheets and $34,000, the affidavit said.

“There were illegal lottery ticket stubs in nearly every room of the residence,” Angelicchio wrote in the affidavit. “Hundreds of illegal lottery tickets and stubs were seized from the house.”

Any property seized that is not gambling related, including $24,000 in savings bonds, will be returned to Petrella, Ciaramitaro said.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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