posted on April 17, 2012 17:26
More charges for the two Batavia firefighters and another man accused of running an illegal gambling ring. The three were back in Batavia city court Tuesday afternoon.
39-year old Gregory Philips, 43-year old Brian Bordinaro and 41-year old Lance Engel were originally charged with possessing gambling records in the first degree.
The men plead not guilty to two additional charges, Tuesday. The first a class D felony of Promoting gambling in the first degree and the second a higher charge, a class B felony of Criminal Enterprise Corruption.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Sergeant Steven Mullen said the men were dealing with a lot of money in order to be charged under the State’s organized crime statute.
“That involves criminal activities revolved around gambling with bets accepted in excess of $1 million and profits in excess of $70,000,” said Mullen.
Text messages and some phone records were already seized. Mullen said they are still waiting for additional cell phone records, but it’s possible that Phillips and Bodinaro could have accepted bets while on duty.
Engel’s Attorney Joseph LaTona said he has a lot of discovery materials to go through following Tuesday's court appearence.
“I know enough about the case to know that we plead not guilty and I stand by that. There will be further proceedings down the road when we’re in a position to have analyzed this case a little more then we have thus far.
A grand jury has until October 23rd to indict the men or take another course of action.