Albany correction officers plead not guilty to running gambling ring
? Timothy Robillard led out of the Albany County Sheriff's Office (NEWS CENTER)
? James Cerniglia led out of the Albany County Sheriff's Office (NEWS CENTER)
ALBANY, N.Y. - Two local officers with the Department of Corrections were arrested at the Albany County Jail on Wednesday morning by FBI investigators after being accused of taking part in an illegal gambling operation.
Investigators say correction officers, 44-year-old Timothy Robillard and 47-year-old James Cerniglia, both of Clifton Park, are accused of running a large, multi-state betting ring operated out of the Albany County Jail, in which the men were allegedly taking bets and making payoffs while on the job.
The men were led out of the county jail, where they work, in handcuffs on Wednesday morning.
Both pleaded not guilty at their arraignment at Colonie Town Court Wednesday night. They have been remanded to Albany County Jail on $25,000 bail.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says their investigation began back in 2009.
"It started as a Sheriff's Office investigation and then it just started spreading out," Apple said. "Eventually we got the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office involved and they were very resourceful, and we've been able to coordinate what is a nationwide search warrant."
Investigators say more arrests are pending. Sheriff Apple says three more local arrests will happen in addition to the two officers, and additional search warrants are being executed nationwide.
Apple declined to offer more specifics on the case; whether it was online or otherwise, due to search warrants still being executed in other states.