It was the agents that actually collected losses from or paid winnings to the actual bettors.The wagers were placed via toll free telephone numbers or the internet.
Conforti and De Froscia reportedly had a large network of operatives or "agents" that ran gambling "packages" for them, who in turn were paid a "commission" or percentage of the profits being earned by those above them.
Mid-level organization members were responsible for numerous gambling packages and would meet with the individual agents or package holders and then pass the proceeds to De Froscia and Conforti, authorities say.
The investigation determined that hundreds of bettors utilized a system of code names and passwords to place wagers on various sporting events each week.
The sports betting ring investigation began in September 2008, and also included alleged money laundering activities.
According to authorities, undercover detectives infiltrated a bookmaking operation being run by Thomas Conforti and John "Blue" De Froscia.
Authorities state that De Froscia is a documented "made" member (soldier) of the Genovese organized crime family, and Conforti is a high-level associate of the same crime family.
Each reportedly ran separate bookmaking and money laundering enterprises.
34 individuals have been arrested in Northern New Jersey and Westchester County, and approximately .3 million in cash has been seized, in connection with a large-scale illegal sports gambling enterprise.
The eight-month-long investigation, dubbed "Operation Strikeout", focused on what authorities termed "traditional organized crime activities" occurring in and around Bergen County.