By Maria Rocha-Buschel
William Mendola, also known as DJ Billy Mendola, was arrested for allegedly running an illegal poker game inside a Flatiron building earlier this month.
Mendola, 51, was charged with running an unlicensed bottle club at 147 West 25th Street on Saturday, May 11 at 2:45 a.m. Police said that Mendola was working as the manager inside the location, where alcohol was being warehoused and allegedly sold illegally. Police said that the space did not have a valid liquor license and Mendola allegedly possessed gambling devices, including poker tables, playing cards and poker chips, which were reportedly used for unlawful gambling activity.
Mendola was indicted in 2003 on federal drug charges in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics law. He pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2005 and was sentenced to almost 12 years in prison, and was ordered to be designated to a facility as close as possible to Las Vegas.
It is not clear how much of his prison sentence he served, but in 2013, Mendola wrote a letter to a judge to request early termination of the three-year supervised release that a judge mandated upon his release from prison. The court denied the request because he reportedly had not shown “exceptionally good behavior,” had not completed two-thirds of the period of supervision and his offense was large in scale.
A self-written bio on a talent agency website explains the period after he relocated to Las Vegas and was serving time for drug charges as “an almost 10-year hiatus” from the nightlife and music industry. Mendola is credited on IMDb in two films in the 1990s, as well as an episode of Spin City.
Mendola was also charged with unlicensed liquor storage, possession of an unauthorized gaming machine, promoting gambling and criminal nuisance during the arrest this month. He was issued a desk appearance ticket.
Neither Mendola nor his attorney could not be reached for comment on the recent charges.