Suspended Longshoreman Pleads Guilty to Promoting Gambling
March 20, 2014
Today, longshoreman Joseph Favuzza pleaded guilty to one count of Promoting Gambling in the Second Degree, in violation of New York State Penal Law section 225.05, in front of Judge Leonard Rienzi in Richmond County Supreme Court. Favuzza was previously indicted by a Richmond County Grand Jury, and arrested on December 17, 2013, as a part of “Operation Shore Thing”. “Operation Shore Thing” was a joint investigation by the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, New York City Police Department’s Organized Crime Investigations Division, and Waterfront Commission into illegal gambling, insurance fraud, and oxycodone distribution on the docks and elsewhere.
As a condition of his plea, Favuzza has agreed to surrender of his registration as a longshoreman with prejudice. He will be sentenced on May 18, 2014. Favuzza has been suspended by the Commission since June 25, 2012 after his arrests on separate felony assaults in New York and New Jersey.