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Gambling ring suspects arrested in past

Rochester, N.Y. --- Two men stood before a judge on Tuesday facing gambling and related criminal charges; repeating a scene that unfolded years ago when the same men stood before a different judge accused of gambling.

This week Joseph Ruff, 32, and Paul Borrelli, 66, were in a federal courtroom answering to gambling and money laundering charges that carry the potential of decades in prison for each if convicted. While in court, lawyers and the judge discussed a 2006 guilty plea each entered in Rochester City Court that was part of a plea deal following their arrest on gambling charges.

A prosecutor for the U.S. Attorneys Office stated that he would look into whether this current investigation dates back and includes any alleged acts that were part of that prior case.

The plea deal both Ruff and Borrelli agreed to allowed them to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and the records were subsequently sealed.

"I don't know anything about the facts of that case, I know it was disposed of with a non-criminal disposition but exactly the facts of that case I don't know," said Matt Parrinello, Joseph Ruffs current lawyer.

The reason the matter was raised in court is because Borrellis current lawyer, Vincent Merante, represented both men in 2006.

"That would really be up to the judge to make a decision on that I wouldn't comment on any conflict, I just wanted to bring up the issue, explained Merante when asked if he felt there could be potential conflict.

Ruff and Borrelli and a third man, Joseph Ruffs brother Mark, were all named in the federal indictment unsealed last week following law enforcement raids of homes and properties across Monroe County. The men are accused of operating an online gambling website that took wagers on sporting events dating back to at least 2012. The total amount of those wagers is believed to be $76 million according to federal authorities.

"It's always overstated when they go into gross bets, it doesn't accurately reflect what actually went on within the gambling site, said Parrinello of the claims laid out in the indictment. In addition to that, obviously with wagers being placed on an internet site, no individuals faces there so who is at the back end of that? We don't know.

 
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