Police make more arrests in illegal gambling probe
Police officers raided a north Toronto bar on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 as part of their investigation into Platinum Sports Book. (Tamara Cherry/CTV)
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:22PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:03PM EDT
Police have made more arrests as they continue to dismantle an alleged gambling ring that they say is tied to the Hells Angeles and traditional organized crime groups.
During a series of raids Wednesday, members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit searched a north Toronto bar and at least one property outside of the city.
Police said two men were arrested and three other people are being sought in the latest phase of their investigation into Platinum Sports Book, a gambling website that was pulling in more than $1 million at its peak, according to investigators.
Police said Michael Kriaris, 39, and Augustino Valenzisi, 43, are charged with engaging in bookmaking and committing an offence to benefit a criminal organization.
Warrants have been issued for Abraham Diles, 47, Jeffrey Fuchs, 35, and Hiesam Kadri, 41, police said.
The north Toronto bar is alleged to be associated to Hells Angels member Bill Miller.
The 49-year-old biker is the former head of the outlaw motorcycle gang’s London chapter and was previously arrested in the sting.
Miller and five others were arrested when police raided an invitation-only Super Bowl party at Le Parc banquet hall in Markham and searched a number of homes Feb. 3.
Police claim the party was organized by Platinum Sports Book and that the banquet hall was being used as an illegal gaming house.
Investigators dubbed the Markham raid “Super Bust” because it occurred on Super Bowl Sunday.
As the investigation continued, police arrested 18 people on March 5.
So far, police say they have seized more than $2.5 million in cash, luxury vehicles, handguns, a Taser, computers, betting lists and banking statements.
Charges against the suspects include participating or engaging in a criminal organization, bookmaking and conspiracy to commit a criminal offence.
With files from CTV Toronto police and crime reporter Tamara Cherry.
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