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Albany County Corrections Officer charged in alleged gambling ring

Albany County Corrections Officer charged in alleged gambling ring


Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says two county corrections officers were included in a massive illegal gambling investigation. Officers Timothy Robillard, 44, and James Cernigilia, 47, were taken from the Sheriff's Office in handcuffs Wednesday morning.

Some of that alleged activity, Apple says took place at the jail.

"We are comfortable stating there was inappropriate conduct being conducted at that facility and I can't really get into more details than that," he said.

Three other local men were charged Wednesday. They include 44-year-old Craig Hayner, 42-year-old Christopher Socola and 68-year-old Joseph Carucci, who also faced separate gambling charges in Albany back in 2008.

Robillard's lawyer, Stephen Coffey, says the Enterprise Corruption charges his client and the four others face can be tricky to work with in court.

"They claim they have search warrants, which I know they do and they say they have eavesdrop warrants, so where this all shakes out, who is to say. This is not an easy statute. They say it is a B felony but this is a very difficult statute to prove," said Coffey.

A judge set their bail at a $25,000 each.

For the two corrections officers, Robillard and Cerniglia, Sheriff Apple says he just wants to make a point that they are not trying to hide or push to the side problems with jail staff.

"We are trying to clean it up and we will continue to do that until we feel all the issues have rid themselves from that facility."

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