|A high-profile, multi-million dollar gambling bust three years ago has sent one man to jail and two more to trial, but allowed the former head of the London Ontario Hells Angels to keep his clean record intact.|
The too quiet withdrawal of charges against Robert Barletta last fall, the same day his trial began, adds to his reputation as the 'Teflon Biker' that nothing ever sticks to, but raises questions.
It is highly suspect that such a high profile and expensive case would result in the crown withdrawing charges.
|Neither Barletta or his lawyer Richard Posner are talking. About 400 police officers raided a Markham Super Bowl party in February 2013, busting up a multimillion-dollar online gaming site ... Platinum Sports book. Initial arrests were followed by raids a month later in 10 locations.|
The trial for Barletta and HA Andrew Bielli began September 12, 2016, in Toronto. Both pleaded not guilty to bookmaking for the benefit of a criminal organization and possessing proceeds of crime. They then walked to another court to see Gordon Baird, 59, admit he was administrator of the illegal sports book that grossed more than $103 million in 2009-13. Charges against Barletta were withdrawn the same day.
|On January 5, Bielli pleaded guilty to possessing property obtained by crime over $5,000 and was sentenced to 15 months in custody. Two other London men, David Hair and Christopher Rutledge, have trial dates set for January 2018. |
There are no records for two other men charged in 2013, Jeffrey Fuchs and Hiesam Kadri. Still facing trial is William (Billy) Miller, former president of the London chapter of the Hells Angels, now living in Toronto.