Owners of alleged Dartmouth-based gambling ring indicted

By Douglas McCulloch | Jun 28, 2018

The owners of a Dartmouth-based company at the center of an investigation into an alleged gambling ring, which helped bring an end to the saga of wanted fugitive Donald Eugene Webb, have been indicted on criminal charges.

According to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, four people connected to Nutel Communications were indicted by a grand jury on gambling-related charges on June 28.

Stanley Webb, 62, of Westport, is alleged to be the leader behind the scheme, which involved operating 130 illegal gambling machines bearing the Nutel name in social clubs, sports bars, convenience stores, and gas stations throughout eastern Massachusetts.

It is alleged the machines operated like casino slot machines and were being run in direct competition to the Massachusetts State Lottery. The machines were designed to make it impossible to win, according to the Attorney General's Office.

The machines were confiscated in June 2017 during a raid led by Massachusetts State Police. Money was allegedly laundered through various front companies and bank accounts before being split with Nutel and the host establishments. During a search of Webb's home, police allegedly recovered more than $450,000 in cash. A total of $2.1 million was seized in connection with the case.

Also indicted was Webb’s daughter Jaqueline Webb, 35, her husband Brian Pinheiro, 35, the company, and their associate Romie Jones, 47.

They are all charged with one count of registering bets, organizing and promoting gambling, unlawful operation of a gaming device, conspiracy to keep a place for registering bets, and conspiracy to operate an illegal gaming device.

The Webbs, Nutel, and Pinheiro were also indicted on money laundering-related charges. Stanley Webb was indicted on improper storage of a firearm charges and he and Pinheiro were indicted for allegedly failing to file income taxes in 2016.

They will be arraigned on the charges in Suffolk Superior Court at a later date.

Stanley Webb is the stepson of Donald Eugene Webb, a career criminal who disappeared after murdering Saxonburg, Pennsylvania police chief Gregory Adams during a traffic stop in 1980. The case went cold for nearly three decades, until Webb’s body was discovered buried in the backyard of his wife Lillian Webb’s Dartmouth home on Maplecrest Drive.

It was the investigation into his stepson’s alleged gambling operation which helped bring an end to the case. Information obtained during the investigation was what led to a search warrant being obtained to dig at Lillian Webb’s home, resulting in the recovery of Donald Webb’s body.

It was determined he had died in 1999, and had likely been hiding out in the Dartmouth-New Bedford area before his death. A secret room was discovered inside the home.

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