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ISLANDWIDE/38 indicted in gambling rings

Three Long Island men were among 38 people indicted in a sports gambling ring that stretched from Queens to Costa Rica, authorities said Wednesday.

Ralph Bauer, 63, of Miller Place, George Beglin Jr., 61, of Glen Cove, and John Campbell, 59, of Floral Park, are implicated in a ring that Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said booked $178 million in bets since July 2007.

Brown said the group operated at least five illegal online gambling sites that served as "computerized wire rooms" in which the gambling was conducted.

Bauer and Beglin, according to Bauer, were money collectors and distributors for the operation while Campbell was a "super agent."

Bauer's wife, Joan, said yesterday that she was unaware of any gambling ring.

"I don't know anything, anything, anything," she said. "I'm afraid it's going to ruin my son's life."

Beglin and Campbell could not be reached.

- REID J. EPSTEIN


NASSAU COUNTY/Ex-fiancee must return ring

A Nassau County Supreme Court judge denied a woman's attempt to keep a $19,000 engagement ring from her former fiance.

John Gunther and Danielle Cavalieri were engaged in March 2008 before breaking their engagement that October, according to court documents. Gunther said the decision was mutual, while Cavalieri claimed that Gunther "announced that he would not marry her" and he was engaged in "an intimate relationship with another woman" that he kept secret, court papers show.

After the engagement was broken, Gunther filed a claim in September of 2009 seeking the return of the ring or its value in money, and Cavalieri filed a counterclaim in December for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

She "insists the ring was an outright gift" and that Gunther "did not intend to marry her at the time he gave her the ring" because of his affair, according to court papers.

Supreme Court Judge F. Dana Winslow ruled March 30 that state law allows someone to reclaim "property given in contemplation of a marriage which has not occurred" and that the cause of a breakup is irrelevant.

Neither Gunther nor Cavalieri could be reached for comment. Gunther's lawyer declined to comment, and Cavalieri's lawyer could not be reached for comment Wednesday. - SOPHIA CHANG

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