Ex-NYPD (New York Police Department) detective Richard Palase, 50, of Tottenville, who did undercover narcotics work, has been sentenced to probation for running illegal poker games out of his home. In New York home games are legal only if no rake is taken by the house; but if some money is taken as rake from the pot or tournament buy-in, then the poker home-game it is not llegal anymore. Based on an undercover investigator infiltrated in Palase’ home-games, prosecutors say Richard Palase took thousands of dollars as taxes for the games hosted by himself.
In his plea, former NYPD Detective Richard Palase told U.S. District Judge Sandra L. Townes that he had made a “grave mistake” that destroyed his life and career. In defense, lawyer Joyce London ask the judge to show mercy – the former detective already paid a severe price by losing career and his health insurance.
The lawyer added also that Detective Richard Palase suffered from a gambling addiction, who caused his “unstoppable” wish to host these poker games.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 15 to 21 months in prison for Richard Palase, but Federal Judge Sandra Townes sentenced him to probation who includes eight months of home confinement. The Judge also ordered Richard Palase to forfeit $10,000 and perform 200 hours of community service.