Bold face names like Bella Thorne and Scott Disick lost a little muscle Wednesday when a Brooklyn man who provided security to the celebs was sentenced for unrelated crimes.
Igor Krugly, the owner of Pitbull Security, was smacked with a nearly four-year sentence in Brooklyn Federal Court for helping run a crime ring’s gambling operations.
Pitbull Security’s Twitter feed shows Krugly and other guards escorting Thorne, Disick, Kendall Jenner and Sophia Riche to exclusive locales.
Now Krugly, 38, has a 46-month reservation in prison, courtesy of Judge Brian Cogan.
Prosecutors said Krugly was part of a Coney Island and Brighton Beach crew tied to Eastern European mafiosos who called themselves “thieves in law.” Seven of the 10 defendants have put in guilty pleas.
Krugly helped launch a Coney Island gambling den in early 2016 and he was “deeply involved” in all parts of the illegal business, they said.
He helped recruit players, collect debts, pay winners and hire “massage girls.” In related cases, prosecutors showed pictures of women giving rub downs to bare chested players.
Krugly displayed a security poster on the street-facing windows of the gambling den, they said.
Krugly’s lawyer argued Wednesday he wasn’t a big player in the ring because he was unaware of more serious incidents, like the arson of a rival gambling spot. Andrew Rendeiro said his client was a family man with a successful business who didn’t live large. Krugly escorted security clients in his Chevrolet Tahoe, Rendeiro noted.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Jacobs said Krugly was “front and center” in a scheme to recoup a $ 200,000 gambling debt. It resulted in a tough guy showing up at the Russian home of the deadbeat’s father.
Krugly apologized and told Cogan he’s been battling a gambling addiction since he was a high schooler. The addiction, he said, has taken “my money, my pride and now my freedom.”
But he wasn’t mixed up in drugs or violence, Krugly emphasized.
Cogan said a message had to be sent. Krugly’s actions — like his role in the international extortion plot — were bad things. “Those are the actions of an organized criminal.”
“As a member of an Eastern European organized crime syndicate, Krugly engaged in traditional and pernicious rackets, operating illegal high stakes poker games and perpetuating a related, international extortion conspiracy,” Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said.
Outside court, Rendeiro said the sentence was “a bit excessive” but Krugly admitted his guilt and was looking forward to getting out as soon as he could to run his business again.
Krugly is schedule to surrender to prison in February.