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Pier Superintendant Arrested and Charged with Managing an Illegal Bookmaking Operation.

December 9, 2011

            Maher Terminal Pier Superintendant Joseph Joel DiCosta was arrested this morning by Waterfront Commission detectives and agents from the US Department of Labor on a federal complaint charging him with managing an illegal gambling business in violation of Title 18 USC Section 1955. The complaint charges that DiCosta ran the illegal bookmaking operation from January 2003 to January 2011 utilizing both internet sites and 1-800 telephone numbers.

            The criminal case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

            DiCosta's license as a Pier Superintendant was suspended by the Commission this afternoon pending an Administrative Hearing on the charges.

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