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Albany, Clifton Park men sentenced for gambling ring

ALBANY -- Two Clifton Park men and one Albany man were sentenced for their roles in a gambling ring on Tuesday.
The Albany County District Attorney say all three men pleaded guilty for illegal bookkeeping and/or participating in illegal gambling activities in July 2011.
42-year-old Christopher Socola of Clifton Park pleaded guilty to felony promoting gambling. The D.A.'s Office says Socola was a bookie.
Joseph Carucci, 68, of Albany and James Cerniglia, 47, of Clifton Park pleaded guilty to misdemeanor promoting gambling. Both men each had to forfeit $15,000 and $5,000 in illegal earnings.
42-year-old Craig Hayner of Clifton Park was recently arrested in July 2013 for his hand in the gambling ring. He pleaded guilty to felony promoting gambling and was ordered to forfeit $250,000 in illegal earnings. He'll be sentenced later this month pending the completion of the conditions of his guilty plea.
The case against a possible fifth person involved in the ring, Timothy Robillard, remains open.
The terms of the men's guilty pleas are unknown.

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