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November 23, 2014

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State seeks to ban alleged mobsters from casinos

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATLANTIC CITY -- The state Division of Gaming Enforcement has asked that two reputed mobsters be placed on the so-called "exclusion list," banning them from all Atlantic City casinos and casino-hotels.

State officials filed petitions on Friday asking to add Vincent Basciano and Taylor W. Breton to the list, which includes the names of 173 alleged organized crime figures and suspected cheats.

The petition filed with the Casino Control Commission says Basciano, of New York City, is associated with the Bonnano crime family. Breton, of Greenwich, Conn., is described as an associate of the Gambino crime family.

According to the petition, both men have previous illegal gambling arrests or convictions, in addition to their alleged mob ties.

J.P Suarez, director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Breton was a "significant player" in Atlantic City casinos. He said Basciano also was a regular customer.

The men have 30 days to challenge the request and seek a hearing before the commission.

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