Indictment charges 46 in East Coast organized crime case

(AP) - New York federal prosecutors have unveiled an indictment charging nearly four dozen suspects with organized crime-related counts, saying they operated a massive East Coast syndicate.



Prosecutors said Thursday the 46 defendants committed crimes ranging from extortion to illegal gambling throughout the East Coast, including in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Florida. It was not immediately clear how many of those charged were in custody.



An indictment in Manhattan federal court said the crime activities were mostly based in New York.



Authorities say the suspects were involved in loansharking, casino-style gambling, sports gambling, credit card fraud and health care fraud.



Other crimes alleged in the indictment included firearms trafficking, arson, extortion and assault.


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