Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Project Hobart on the rocks - et c'est fini

Central figures involved in Project Hobart will walk. “All of the charges on both indictments are withdrawn” the judge said. With 28 arrests in Dec 2019, cops crowed about their awesomeness in disrupting a $131m illegal gambling network with links to GTA mobsters. One of the group’s enforcers, HA Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, was being watched by cops when he was executed. Walking are Hells Angels Craig 'Truck' McIlquham, 49 at the time, Robert Barletta, then 49, and Eugenio 'Gino' Reda, then 55. The case would take 41 months and seven days to wind through the courts — 11 months beyond the constitutional ceiling for the reasonable time for a trial, as laid out in the landmark 2016 Supreme Court ruling R. v. Jordan.
OPP charged Robert Barletta, Craig 'Truck' McIlquham, and Eugenio 'Gino' Reda for running a gambling ring. The network was pulling in revenues of more than $131m over five years and included scores of betting sites; Ultimate SB, Titan SB, PlaytoWin WB, Privada SB and Players SB. The operation was linked to the Figliomeni crime family. On Jan. 27, 2021 prosecutors stayed charges against the mafia, including boss Angelo Figliomeni. The cop investigation was tainted by "unlawful and illegal conduct." One dirty oinker stole a high end watch.
Gordon Baird Accounts with more than $1.2m was seized, 18 vehicles, three Harleys, $1.7m in cash, gold bars valued at $320k and luxury watches and jewelry valued at $303k.
Dejan Markovic
See ----->Robert Barletta bail hearing Monday