Stamford man gets prison time for gambling operation

A 53-year-old Stamford man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for his part in an illicit gambling business that was linked to the Gambino crime family in New York.

Federal prosecutors said earlier this week that Silverio Califano’s time behind bars will be followed by three years of supervised release. He will also have to pay a $4,000 fine and forfeit $40,000 he raked in from the scheme.

Authorities said Califano worked with Dean “Little Baldy” DePreta and Thomas “Little T” Uva, both of Stamford, and 17 other people to run an illegal online sports betting operation and illegal card gambling clubs.

Califano was involved with the gambling websites, which the FBI said grossed nearly $1.7 million between October 2010 and June 2011. He also ran a card club at 859 East Main Street in Stamford, where the house took a certain percentage on every hand played.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly said Califano pleaded guilty to two counts of operating an illegal gambling business on May 6.

DePreta and Uva pleaded guilty to charges in October and were sentenced to 71 months and 46 months in prison, respectively.

Wes Duplantier