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REVERE MEN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ILLEGAL POKER BUSINESS

 BOSTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The owner of Revere Amusement Company and his son were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for operating an illegal video poker business in the city of Revere.
 United States Attorney A. John Pappalardo announced that Arthur M. Marder, age 63, formerly of Palm Springs, Calif. and Swampscott, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Mark L. Wolf to serve 11 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of racketeering, money laundering, tax evasion and other federal crimes, arising out of his ten year ownership and control of a video poker business in the city of Revere. Marder's son and co-defendant, STteven M. Marder, age 39, also formerly of Palm Springs, CA and Swampscott, was sentenced to serve 6 1/2 years on similar charges. Under federal law, neither man is eligible for parole.
 Arthur Marder was convicted on November 18, 1992, on all seventeen counts of the indictment, following a six-week trial in federal court. Steven Marder pled guilty to all counts in which he was named on Oct. 5, 1992, the first day of trial.
 Pappalardo stated that evidence presented at the trial established that from 1980 through June 15, 1989, Arthur Marder owned and operated Revere Amusement Company, a vendor of video draw poker machines. The video poker machines were placed in various bars and social clubs in the city of Revere, where they were unlawfully used as gambling devices. In each location, Revere Amusement Company paid the owner of the establishment fifty percent of the profits from the machines, after first reimbursing the establishment for the winnings, or "hits," won by patrons on the previous night. Employees of Revere Amusement Company collected money from the bars and social clubs 364 days each year, excluding only Christmas.
 In 1984, Marder left Massachusetts for California, where he leased an elegant home in the hills of Palm Springs. Despite his distance from Massachusetts, Marder maintained daily control over the operations of Revere Amusement Company by making numerous telephone calls to his employees, bar owners, and others in the City of Revere. Cash proceeds from the video poker business were shipped to Marder in Express Mail boxes prepared by Revere Amusement employees. Through these proceeds, Marder was able to maintain a lavish lifestyle, including multiple trips to Europe and the Orient, expensive cars, and shopping sprees on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. For the nine years in which Revere Amusement Company was in operation, neither Arthur Marder nor Steven Marder filed a federal income tax return or paid any federal or state income taxes.
 The evidence further established that Marder directed his employees to make monthly payoffs to Revere police officers.
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 /CONTACT: Press Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, 617-223-9445/


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