Former State Representative Sentenced in Gambling Case

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former state representative from White Oak who pleaded guilty to his role in a video poker ring has been sentenced to 18 months of electronic monitoring.

Marc J. Gergely, 48, also was sentenced Monday to two years' probation after pleading guilty before Allegheny County Judge Ed Borkowski to violating state election laws and conspiracy to violate state gambling laws, court officials said.

Both charges are misdemeanors.

Gergely was caught up in a widespread investigation of illegal gambling by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and Pennsylvania State Police.

In September 2013, a grand jury indicted 16 people, including a retired police officer, a former McKeesport city councilman and a former McKeesport Area school director, with running an illegal gambling ring in three counties.

Gergely and Washington County attorney Louis Caputo were accused of using their positions to encourage reluctant business owners to accept video poker machines from the man accused of running the gambling operation, Ronald "Porky" Melocchi of West Newton.

Melocchi pleaded guilty and is currently serving 10 years' probation.

Gergely represented the 35th Legislative District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and part of West Mifflin, from 2003 until he resigned in November.

A special election will be held Jan. 23 to fill the remaining 11 months of Gergely's term. McKeesport City Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery, a Republican, and Austin Davis, a Democrat, are running to replace Gergely.

Originally published December 11, 2017.

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