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September 30, 1992

Man draws 3-year jail term in Bingo World scheme

An organized crime figure tied to a Brooklyn Park bingo hall was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on federal money-laundering charges.

Dominic "Large" Cortina, 67, of Chicago pleaded guilty in April to charges that he and other mob figures conspired to acquire a secret 42 percent interest in Bingo World in 1986.

One of his co-defendants, Donald John Angelini, known as the "Wizard of Odds," pleaded guilty to conspiring to run almost $2 million in ill-gotten money through the hall. He is awaiting sentencing.

Cortina was identified by the Chicago Crime Commission as the head of the Chicago organized crime family's West Side crew.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Cortina supplied Stephen B. Paskind, a Florida bingo operator who was in the process of buying Bingo World, with hundreds of thousands of dollars for renovations.

The money was deposited in various bank accounts. Other funds were then laundered when large amounts of cash were given to "front" persons, who in turn wrote checks that were carried as loans or investments on Bingo World's books, federal officials said.

Angelo "Gus" King of Miami is the last defendant awaiting trial in the case.

Woman's body found in Patapsco state park

County police were trying to identify last night the body of a woman discovered earlier in the day in the woods off Ridge Road in Patapsco Valley State Park.

Police said yesterday that county road crews trimming grass along the side of the road at 10:18 a.m. found the body, a white woman in her late 20s or early 30s, fully clothed, lying face down in the woods about 35 feet off the road.

Late yesterday, police said they would try to match the woman's fingerprints with those in a computer file in hopes of identifying her.

They called her death "suspicious" but would not say whether any wounds were visible. They had not moved the body by early evening.

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