posted on March 20, 2012 15:28
A pair of City of Batavia firefighters accused of running an illegal gambling ring appeared for a routine court date Tuesday, but ran away from reporters who attempted to question and photograph them.
39-year-old Gregory Phillips and 43-year-old Brian Bordinaro appeared in Batavia City Court at about 2:00pm, with attorneys Lawrence Andolina and Thomas Keane, respectively. Judge Robert Balbick continued their case until April 17th, as well as the case of their co-defendant, 41-year-old Lance Engel, also of Batavia.
Outside the courtroom, Andolina spoke to reporters and only repeated that little had happened in court. Meanwhile, Phillips and Bordinaro slipped past the group of reporters, and began running across Elicott Street when pursued.
Both men are accused of operating an illegal sports book and making a profit. The Genesee County Sheriff's Department even accuses the men of taking bets via cell phone, while on-duty as city firefighters.
PHOTOS, inset: Gregory Phillips (top); Brian Bordinaro (bottom)