Money-laundering trial is delayed Bingo World defendants face Florida cases first

November 23, 1990|By Kelly Gilbert | Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff

A federal judge in Baltimore has delayed for more than 11 months the trial of six defendants in a money-laundering case tied to the Bingo World parlor in Brooklyn Park.

Judge Frederick N. Smalkin agreed to the delay at a hearing this week after defense attorneys said two of the defendants must prepare for trial in a massive racketeering case next March in Miami, Fla.

Smalkin scheduled the trial here for Oct. 28, 1991.

Defense attorney William Moran, who represents Sam Frank Urbana in both cases, said the Florida trial, which involves eight defendants, could last until June.

Smalkin said that would make it difficult to impanel a jury in the case here because a summer trial would impose on prospective jurors' vacation plans.

"The main reason for the delay is the government's prosecution of some of the defendants in other districts," the judge said.

Under terms of the Speedy Trial Act, criminal defendants are entitled to go to trial within 70 days of their arraignments. But defendants in the Bingo World case, all of whom are from other states, quickly agreed to the trial delay on questioning by the judge.

Urbana, 60, of Miami, and Dominic Peter "Large" Cortina, 65, of Chicago, face trial in Florida as the result of a 25-count indictment that alleges racketeering, wire fraud, loan sharking, stolen-goods disposal, importation of European cars for "gray market" sales, gambling and obstruction of justice offenses.

Urbana, alias Sam Vincent, is charged in all 25 counts of that indictment.

Cortina is charged in eight of those counts with offenses tied to the gray-market car importations, in which the defendants allegedly used forged ownership documents to sidestep federal emissions control requirements. He was sentenced to federal prison last March in a Chicago gambling and conspiracy case, but is free on bond awaiting trial in the Miami case.

Other defendants in the Baltimore case include Ettore "Eddie" Coco, 83, of Bronx, N.Y., a reputed boss in the Lucchese crime family; Donald John Angelini, 64, of Chicago, who is serving a 21-month prison term in the Chicago case; and Angelo "Gus" King, 67, and Izaak M. "Red" Silber, 68, both of Hollywood, Fla.

The Baltimore indictment alleges that the defendants laundered more than $1 million in proceeds from illegal activities in New York, Chicago and Florida through Bingo World here, and that some of them participated in arranging an arson fire at a competing bingo parlor in Gambrills.

Stephen B. Paskind, 50, of Hollywood, Fla., owner of Bingo World on Belle Grove Road and two other bingo halls in Brooklyn Park and Glen Burnie, is named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Baltimore indictment.

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