NY authorities deal Russian mob a losing hand

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By TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A new federal case in New York is offering fresh insight into the Russian mob, gambling and money-laundering around the globe.

The sprawling case has its roots in Russia, where prosecutors say a reputed mob boss was paid to settle disputes over an international sports betting ring. And an alleged ringleader in the United States has been accused of overseeing a bookmaking operation from his multimillion-dollar apartment in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

Prosecutors say the ring relied on shell companies in Cyprus and the U.S. to launder at least $100 million in illegal proceeds.

Among the dozens of defendants are a Manhattan art gallery owner and a woman known for hosting poker games that have attracted movie-star players. Both pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in Manhattan.

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