Several indicted in alleged gambling ring

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A state grand jury has returned indictments in connection with an alleged gambling ring in northern Rhode Island that authorities have said was controlled by a former Woonsocket municipal employee.           

David Ayotte of North Smithfield, a long-time Woonsocket parks department employee, was indicted on charges of organized criminal gambling, bookmaking and conspiracy.

Eight others were also indicted. The indictments were reported out Friday.

The Rhode Island State Police and attorney general’s office conducted the investigation into the alleged sports-betting ring.

State police conducted wiretaps and did other surveillance and arrested multiple suspects in February.

Arraignments are scheduled in Providence Superior Court for Aug. 20.

A working number for Ayotte couldn’t immediately be found.

Several others arrested as part of the probe and charged with bookmaking previously pleaded no contest.

© The Associated Press/WLNE-TV 2014