Four plea, nine indicted for gambling ring North Smithfield, Woonsocket

Four plea, nine indicted for gambling ring North Smithfield, Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET – The Providence County Grand Jury has indicted nine of the 13 suspects arrested in February in connection with an alleged gambling ring in Woonsocket and North Smithfield. Four other individuals pled out on charges including criminal gambling, bookmaking and conspiracy.

The arrests were made as a result of a state police investigation that included the use of wiretaps of the suspects' phones between Dec. 31, 2013 and Feb. 4 of this year. Search warrants were executed in four places in connection with the arrests, including Gold Loan Advance, the pawn shop owned by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's brother, Daniel Baldelli. More than $100,000 was reportedly seized during the raid but no charges were filed against Baldelli.

Among those indicted this week was David P. Ayotte, 53, of 634 Old Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, the alleged ring leader of the operation. Ayotte, a 20-year employee of the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Department, was reported to have conducted his illicit business during work hours. He has been indicted for organized criminal gambling, bookmaking and conspiracy.

Pleading no contest, Roger Berube, 60, of 75 Arnold St. was sentenced to five years suspended sentence with five years probation on the count of organized criminal gambling; five years suspended sentence with five years probation on the count of conspiracy; and one year suspended sentence with one year probation on the count of bookmaking, with all sentences to run concurrent.

Also pleading no contest on the charge of bookmaking were Douglas Plante, 45, of 130 Summer St. Woonsocket; Roger Roy, 68 of 291 Bailey St. Woonsocket; and Thomas Ruo, 58 of 191 Carnation St. Woonsocket.

The matter was reportedly presented to a Providence County Grand Jury on July 28 and July 29.

According to an interim report issued Aug.1, after deliberating, the Grand Jury returned Ayotte's indictment, along with the following individuals, also accused of organized criminal gambling, bookmaking and conspiracy: Jason Faford, 40, of 80 Capwell Ave. Woonsocket; Wade Briggs, 30, of 129 Rustic Dr. Woonsocket; Gregory Vartanian, 57, of 3935 Diamond Hill Road Cumberland; Dennis Gentile, 66, of 23 Hemlock Road Glocester; Robert Ledoux, 51, of 4 Colerick St. North Smithfield; and Michael Massa, 60, of 220 Crossing Drive Cumberland.

Indicted on only the dual charges of organized criminal gambling and conspiracy were Karl Allaire, 51, of 11 Old Pound Hill Road North Smithfield and Cheryl Ayotte, 49, of 634 Old Smithfield Road North Smithfield.

All are scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Aug. 20.