Company, 6 people charged in gambling, money-laundering scheme


BOSTON (WPRI) — A Swansea company and a number of people are facing charges in what prosecutors call a “major” illegal gambling and money-laundering operation.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced grand jury indictments Monday against Televend, Inc. and six individuals accused of being the leaders of the operation. The people charged are:

  • Clifford Wilson, 56, of Dighton
  • Deodato Faria, 68, of Fall River
  • John Camara, 59, of Somerset
  • Antone Oliveira, 75, of Fall River
  • Natercia Teixeira, 44, of Fall River
  • Mario Teixeira, 52, of Fall River

According to the AG’s Office, the scheme involved gambling devices that worked like casino slot machines. Investigators said the machines were sent to dozens of establishments across southeastern Massachusetts. 

The AG’s office said parts of Televend’s business were almost entirely cash-based, which made it easier to launder the illegal gambling proceeds.

State police seized several dozen of the gambling machines in a series of raids in late May and early June, the AG’s office said. Police also seized more than $140,000 in cash.

The AG’s office said the defendants would be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court at a later date.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Download Mobile Apps from WPRI 12
DOWNLOAD APPS NOW: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

12 on 12 - Cold Case Cards: All In

More Cold Case Cards All In

Dan Yorke State of Mind: Dan's Daily Update

DYSOM 1/7/21: Joe Cammarano, Political Science Professor, Providence College

More Dan Yorke State of Mind

Don't Miss

Viewer Pa on


More Live Cams

Community Events & Happenings

More Community