For Immediate Release - May 18, 2012

Petrillo Sentenced to 2-2.5 for Gaming

A gaming agent and loan collector in Joseph Giallanella’s alleged large-scale bookmaking operation has been sentenced to serve two to two and half years in state prison for his role in the scheme by Judge John Lu today in Salem Superior Court. 

Michael Petrillo, 57, of Peabody pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, accessory after the fact of larceny, conspiracy for larceny, use of a telephone for gaming and conspiracy for gaming charges on April 25, 2012. 

The Essex District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police Special Services, launched an investigation into Giallanella’s North Andover-based gaming and loan sharking activities in 2009.  Using electronic surveillance, investigators uncovered a larger operation that included heroin and marijuana trafficking allegedly run by Mark Rossetti.  Because of multi-jurisdictional issues, the Essex District Attorney’s Office partnered with the Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau in pursuing the investigation.  

On October 21, 2010, District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett announced that the statewide Grand Jury sitting in Suffolk County had handed down a total of 103 indictments against 31 people on charges ranging from gaming, usury, narcotics trafficking, violence, theft, extortion, witness intimidation and perjury.

Giallanella’s trial is scheduled to begin on September 12, 2012 in Salem Superior Court.  He is charged with organizing and promoting gambling services, use of a telephone for gaming, conspiracy for gaming, accessory after fact of larceny, criminal usury, and procuring perjury.  He faces additional usury charges in Middlesex County.  Essex First Assistant District Attorney John Dawley prosecuted these cases and was appointed a special Assistant Attorney General to prosecute the cases outside of Essex County.

Petrillo was represented by Attorney Robert George.