posted on February 24, 2012 07:43
Two Batavia city firemen have been arrested on felony gambling charges for allegedly taking bets on sporting events. Some of the suspected book making allegedly occurred at the city fire station.
39-year-old Gregory Phillips of Belvedere Lane and 43-year-old Brian Bordinaro of Prospect Avenue – both city-employed firemen – have been arrested for possession of gambling records.
A third suspect was identified as 41-year-old Lance Engel of Wade Avenue.
Sheriff Gary Maha tells WBTA News all three were involved in suspected sports betting.
"The two firemen, Phillips and Bordinaro, were accepting cell phone calls where bets would be placed through them, while they were at the fire department," Maha says.
Phillips was arrested last night while on-duty at the fire station. His fire station locker was searched.
Maha also tells WBTA News, the list of clients for the sports booking operation is extensive.
"We seized a number of gambling records, cell phones and computers," says Maha. "Those will all be analyzed, and then we'll know the true extent of this operation."
In a statement, Batavia City Manager Jason Molino confirmed both firemen have been suspended with pay pending further investigation.
Police said the arrests capped a six-month long investigation.
Photos: (top right) Gregory Phillips; (middle) Brian Bordinaro; (lower) Lance Engel