Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/17/13
In a racket as old as gambling itself, a Brooklyn thug hired two burly fighters to help him collect a debt from a deadbeat poker player for a $100 million gambling operation linked to Russian mobsters.The only difference is these leg-breakers came from the cage and not a ring.Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Kiril Rapoport acted as a "collector" and used threats of violence to force light-pocketed losers to pay up, according to the New York Daily News.He has pleaded guilty to running high-stakes poker games in Manhattan after being one of more than 30 people charged in April over the illegal gambling operation. When he was arrested, Rapoport was found with brass knuckles in his chest of drawers and an inoperable gun in his apartment."These weapons are the tools of the trade for an 'enforcer' who threatens the use of force to collect debts," prosecutors said in the presenting letter for his sentencing on Thursday.He is expected to face at least six months behind bars.Prosecutors c...
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