Nassau County judge arrested in mob bust
A Nassau County judge has been arrested along with reputed members of the Genovese crime family.
Federal agents have charged Judge David Gross with money laundering and conspiracy to sell stolen merchandise at his arraignment. Thirteen other men, most linked to organized crime, also face a host of charges. Gross is a sitting district judge who is seeking re-election on the Independence Party line.
The FBI says Gross used his election campaign to launder money from associates of the reputed Genevose crime family. Investigators say Gross offered an undercover agent ways to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, stolen diamonds and watches.
The arrests are the result of a two-year investigation that included wiretaps and video surveillance. Gross was freed on $500,000 bail.