Anne Arundel County's Amusement License Commission ought to be alarmed by the criminal sentences linked to Bingo World, the county's largest bingo parlor.
Dominic P. Cortina and Sam Frank Urbana, two reputed mobsters, are facing time for their part in a money-laundering scheme allegedly masterminded by Bingo World owner Stephen B. Paskind. According to court documents, Urbana arranged for Chicago gangsters to buy a 42 percent stake in the business which, as far as county officials knew, was 84 percent owned by Mr. Paskind.
From March 1986 to September 1987, they and others, banking on an expected 16 percent profit, pumped $2 million in ill-gotten gains into the business. Two years later, prosecutors say, some investers moved to protect their money by setting fire to a rival hall. And in a third development, a Glen Burnie woman has been ordered to repay more than $100,000 she embezzled while working as a bookkeeper for Bingo World.