Leader of illegal gambling business pleads guilty

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 3:16 p.m. CDT; updated 10:32 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City leader of an illegal gambling operation has pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in the enterprise.

Gerlarmo Cammisano admitted Wednesday that he ran an illegal bookmaking business for three years beginning in March 2006. Federal prosecutors say bettors — primarily in the Kansas City area — wagered more than $3.5 million on sporting events through the operation.

In his plea, the 56-year-old Cammisano said he oversaw six bookmakers — a person who takes bets, calculates odds and pays out winnings — who were paid a percentage of the winnings at the end of each sports season.

His brother, 60-year-old William Cammisano Jr., and five others also have pleaded guilty to crimes related to the operation.

The Cammisanos are the sons of Kansas City organized crime figure William "Willie the Rat" Cammisano, who died in 1995.

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