Reputed Chicago mobster sentenced in conspiracy Local Bingo World was his target NORTH COUNTY--Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

June 09, 1993|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Staff Writer

A reputed Chicago-area mobster was sentenced yesterday to 24 months in prison for conspiring with other organized crime figures to acquire unlawfully a large share of Bingo World in Brooklyn Park.

U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin levied the sentence against Donald J. Angelini, 65, of Elmhurst, Ill., for the conspiracy conviction.

The penalty will run concurrent with a 37-month term he received in U.S. District Court in San Diego for a gambling-conspiracy conviction.

Angelini pleaded guilty before Judge Smalkin in April.

He refused to make a statement yesterday before his sentence was imposed.

He and Dominic Cortina, also convicted in the conspiracy, were named by the Chicago Crime Commission in 1990 as major organized crime figures. Cortina headed a west-side Chicago group, and Angelini was "the financial brains of the Chicago mob," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jefferson M. Gray.

The other three convicted in the Bingo World conspiracy also were associated with organized crime, the prosecutor said. They are Sam Frank Urbana and Izaak Martin Silber, both of Hollywood, Fla., and Angelo "Gus" King of Miami. All pleaded guilty to either conspiracy or money laundering charges. Ettore Coco of New York died in 1991 while awaiting trial.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Anne Arundel County police and Maryland State Police.

Federal authorities say the conspirators acquired a 42 percent interest in Bingo World, and then used the bingo hall to launder at least $1 million in illegal proceeds from loan sharking, robbery, gambling and other criminal activity.

They used a front man to acquire Bingo World, Mr. Gray said.

The front man, Stephen B. Paskind of Davie, Fla., told investors that he owned an 84 percent interest in Bingo World, although he owned only 42 percent. The other 42 percent continued to be owned by the crime figures.

Mr. Paskind was not indicted, but he is being sued in federal court by minority investors in Bingo World who claim fraud, conspiracy, racketeering and other civil violations.

The minority investors say they were not told of the illegal activity.

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