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'The things you can't beat are the tapes': Jersey Shore Mafia drug ring busted

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has broken up a drug pipeline that ran nearly the entire length of the Garden State Parkway, the culmination of an almost two-year investigation. The suspects have ties to La Cosa Nostra - the Mafia - in Philadelphia, Boston and South Jersey, according to court documents. In complaints unsealed March 14, federal agents charged 79-year-old Carl Chianese of Point Pleasant, 49-year-old Michael Gallicchio of Garfield and 58-year-old Joseph Servidio of Upper Towsnhip with possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, *spam filter* and marijuana, according to the complaints.

Read more: https://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2018/03/19/la-cosa-nostra-drug-arrests/438618002/

 

Mobster who ratted on cousin in ‘Goodfellas’ heist gets probation

Aging Bonanno capo Vinny Asaro got a walk for his role in the infamous 1978 Lufthansa air cargo heist when a Brooklyn jury acquitted him in 2015 — and Monday the turncoat cousin who ratted him out for the feds strolled out of court with just three years probation for the same robbery. Gaspare Valenti, who’d faced up to 20 years behind bars on racketeering charges, got the sweetheart deal after agreeing to turn government witness against Asaro and a steady stream of others since the trial for the iconic airport heist that would go on to be immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/03/19/mobster-who-ratted-on-cousin-in-goodfellas-heist-gets-probation/

 

Film News Roundup: John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Mob Biopic Sets June Release

Kevin Connolly, director of John Travolta’s “Gotti,” has announced that the delayed mob biopic will be out on June 15. Connolly made the announcement Monday on his Instagram account. He did not say which distributor would be handling the release. Producers of “Gotti” decided in December to buy the movie back from Lionsgate, which had planned a release through its Lionsgate Premiere specialty division in hopes of getting “Gotti” a wide theatrical release.

Read more: http://variety.com/2018/film/news/john-travolta-gotti-set-for-june-release-1202724928/

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Alleged Genovese soldier charged in bid-rigging scheme, authorities say

An alleged Staten Island mobster and another man are accused of colluding to fix construction bids for a luxury apartment building in Brooklyn, authorities said. Christopher Chierchio, 49, a reputed soldier in the Genovese organized crime family, and Anthony Milohnic, 43, of Long Island, have been charged with felony agreement, arrangement, or combination in restraint of trade or competition, the attorney general announced Thursday. Chierchio also is charged with criminal tax fraud for allegedly evading $94,094 in personal income tax, officials said.

Read more: http://www.silive.com/news/2018/03/alleged_staten_island_mobster.html

 

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Ailing mobster, 90, wants to die in Italy as feds fight to keep him on supervised release

Can’t an old gangster just die in peace? Brooklyn federal prosecutors have an answer: Not a chance. There’s a brewing courtroom clash over the last days of a reputed Lucchese soldier, the Daily News has learned. Frank (Frankie Pearl) Federico, 90 and ailing, wants to end his supervised release early so he can die in Italy among family and friends. But prosecutors have no interest in letting the Bronx nonagenarian live out la dolce vita in the country where he was born. Now the dispute is up to a judge who once called Federico a “cold-blooded murderer” and hoped he’d never leave a prison cell.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/mobster-die-italy-da-fights-locked-article-1.3882981

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Do you have to show up for a $500K job at the port? Maybe not...

Longshoreman Paul Moe Sr. was hardly ever at work. The 66-year-old Port Elizabeth dockworker, who made $493,029 a year, was paid 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year--getting straight time, overtime and extra pay for holidays and weekends, authorities said. However, investigators from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor said he couldn't be found on the waterfront many days, and frequently was out on his boat in Atlantic Highlands, at the movies, at home or on vacation in Aruba.

Read more: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/03/do_you_have_to_show_up_when_you_have_a_500k_job_at.html

 

Largest Investigated Loan Shark Operation in New York Leads to Multiple Arrests

Ten people were arrested for allegedly running loan sharking and gambling operations connected to the Lucchese organized crime family. The loan sharking operation is the largest operation ever investigated by the New York Attorney General, with interest payouts exceeding a million dollars just during the approximately one-year investigation, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Known as “Operation The Vig Is Up," the long-term investigation involved the alleged loan sharking and bookmaking activities of Lucchese “made member” Dominick Capelli, 61, of New Rochelle, New York, and alleged Lucchese “associates” or “non-made” crew members in Westchester and the Bronx, New York State’s Eric Schneiderman announced in a statement.

Read more: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Largest-Investigated-Loan-Shark-Operation-New-York-Multiple-Arrests-Lucchese-Crime-Family-Mob-Gambling-NY-478073403.html

 

Mobster behind major 2000s fraud scheme now scams immigrant businesses with fire inspector act

Looks like Big Mike is settling for a smaller piece of the action. A Brooklyn mobster who once ran a million-dollar wire fraud scheme is now scamming immigrant-run businesses in Long Island out of $20 by posing as a fire extinguisher inspector, law enforcement sources said. Michael (Big Mike) Castellano, 51, ran his alleged low-rent swindle on at least 30 businesses across Suffolk County, ultimately scoring a little more than $1,000 total, prosecutors said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mobster-behind-2000s-fraud-scheme-scams-immigrant-businesses-article-1.3900895

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Mob Talk 15 is out:

 

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Boston nightclub owner killed in a 1993 Mafia hit wrote a terrified note to his son before his death that will be shown to a jury when former mob boss charged with killing him goes on trial

A nightclub owner who was allegedly killed in a Mafia slaying 25 years ago had left a 'distraught' note for his son saying it would be a while before they would see each other after he was called away to meet with a Boston mob boss. Steven DiSarro, who ran the popular Boston nightclub The Channel, was allegedly strangled to death on May 10, 1993 at a home in Sharon, Massachusetts when he was 43. His remains were found buried behind a mill in Providence, Rhode Island in 2016. Former New England Mafia boss Francis 'Cadillac Frank' Salemme, now 84, and Paul Weadick, 62, are both charged in DiSarro's murder.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5572147/Boston-nightclub-owner-murdered-Mafia-wrote-terrified-note-son.html

 

Threat from alleged Mafia boss ended mobster’s work as police informant, cocaine trial hears

 A well-connected Toronto mobster who had secretly been working with police to penetrate the city’s powerful Mafia clans knew his time as a double agent was running out when a man he considers one of the most powerful mob bosses threatened him. Carmine Guido had been a working as a police agent for nearly two years; 227 times he had been wired up by a special anti-Mafia police taskforce, recording audio and video of his meetings with alleged mobsters and drug traffickers as the centrepiece witness of a large probe into the city’s Mafia clans.

Read more: http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/threat-from-alleged-mafia-boss-ended-mobsters-work-as-police-informant-cocaine-trial-hears

 

Mob threatened doctor to write scripts for 230K Oxycodone pills: feds

A Brooklyn doctor was strong-armed by a couple of wiseguys into writing prescriptions for more than 230,000 Oxycodone pills that were then trafficked by members of the Lucchese crime family, according to the Brooklyn US Attorney’s office. Anthony Grado, 54, a solider for the family, was recorded telling the hapless doctor that he would feed him “to the [expletive] lions” if he wrote prescriptions without the mob’s permission, US Attorney Richard Donoghue’s office said Thursday.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/04/05/mob-threatened-doctor-to-write-scripts-for-230k-oxycodone-pills-feds/

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Acting Captain and Two Soldiers in The Bonanno Crime Family Plead Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy, Agree to Pay $2.25 Million in Forfeiture

Defendant Ronald Giallanzo Agrees to Sell His Mansion in Howard Beach, Queens, Which Was Constructed Using the Illicit Proceeds of Loansharking Business Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Ronald Giallanzo, also known as “Ronnie G,” an acting captain in the Bonanno organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the “Bonanno family”), and Michael Palmaccio, also known as “Mike,” a soldier in the Bonanno family, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, admitting their involvement in multiple acts of loansharking over 10 years.  

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/acting-captain-and-two-soldiers-bonanno-crime-family-plead-guilty-racketeering

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Beach club owner — and convicted mob killer — to be featured in TV documentary

Discovery’s cable TV offshoot channel Investigation Discovery is banking on Miami Beach nostalgia to lure viewers on a slow night — the good old days when real celebs hung out in nightclubs occupied by mobsters and locals with too much money. The station is set to premiere a new episode at 8 p.m. Monday of its well-documented true-crime series “Vanity Fair Confidential,” this show detailing the saga of convicted mob killer and nightclub owner Chris Paciello.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/jose-lambiet/article207463119.html

 

‘Respect’ came up at least 33 times in secret tapes, drug trafficking trial told

Murder, arson, illegal gambling, fraud and even criminal uses of Vaseline are being discussed in an ongoing ‘Ndrangheta organized crime trial underway at the University Ave. courthouse. There’s also plenty of talk about respect. The word “respect” came up at least 33 times in the dozens of secretly taped conversations between paid police agent Carmine Guido, 47, and men accused of involvement in the local ‘Ndrangheta network.

Read more: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/12/respect-came-up-at-least-33-times-in-secret-tapes-drug-trafficking-trial-told.html

 

DeLuca to implicate former New England mob boss in unsolved murder

Federal prosecutors in Boston say mobster-turned-government witness Robert "Bobby" DeLuca will testify that former mob boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio played a key role in a 1992 gangland slaying. According to court documents filed in a separate upcoming mob murder trial, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said DeLuca is expected to testify that former mob boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme ordered the murder of enforcer Kevin Hanrahan in 1992 because "Hanrahan was suspected of a plot to kill Salemme."

Read more: http://www.wwlp.com/news/crime/feds-deluca-to-implicate-former-new-england-mob-boss-in-unsolved-murder/1111343645

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Mob Talk 16 is out:

 

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 America will stop (The American Mafia ) using the drugs of power, by all the stopping of using  the drugs,  the drugs of the wall Trump is building along Mexico :rolleyes:  did you know there are six billionaires drug dealers  living in Calf could be some are  Mafia, but is stop the war on drugs.  A war on drugs that have been fighting for decades 

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'Mom' Boucher used code, hand gestures to plan jailhouse killing

Boucher, 64, pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill Raynald Desjardins, a well known leader in the Montreal Mafia who played a leading role in a conspiracy to kill Mafioso Salvatore Montagna back in 2011. Boucher — who was behind bars when the plot was hatched in 2015 and is still serving life sentences for issuing orders that led to the deaths of two provincial prison guards and the attempted murder of another in 1997 — planned to kill Desjardins after Desjardins admitted to plotting to kill Montagna. 

Read more: http://montrealgazette.com/news/ex-hells-leader-mom-boucher-pleads-guilty-to-jailhouse-plot-to-kill-raynald-desjardins

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Ponzi schemer may have scammed mobster out of $60K

Prison might be the safest place for Ponzi schemer Hamlet Peralta. Peralta, whose $12 million fraud helped crack the NYPD corruption scandal, shortchanged a reputed mobster from whom he borrowed $100,000, according to an FBI affidavit. Wiretaps of Peralta’s cellphone caught him twice calling the Park Side Restaurant in Corona, Queens, on March 7, 2015, and asking for “Tony,” who the feds identified as eatery owner and reputed Genovese crime-family captain Anthony “Tough Tony” Federici, Special Agent Joseph Downs wrote the following month.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/04/23/ponzi-schemer-may-have-scammed-mobster-out-of-100k/

 

Frank Salemme co-defendant: Alleged mob ties irrelevant

A co-defendant facing murder charges with former mob boss Frank Salemme for the 1993 strangulation of a would-be snitch wants to muzzle prosecutors as they present the case against him, according to court filings. Paul M. Weadick’s past association with organized crime figures, as well as his alleged roles within La Cosa Nostra, are not relevant, his lawyers William Crowe and Mark Shea wrote. “Nothing in the evidence the Government seeks to introduce against Mr. Weadick has any relevance whatsoever to the charged crime,” his lawyers argued.

Read more: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/04/frank_salemme_co_defendant_alleged_mob_ties_irrelevant

 

Son of mob boss 'Chin' Gigante free on costly $9.8M bond backed largely by mom's Upper East Side townhouse

A taste of freedom was hardly free for the son of late mob boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante. The former Genovese family leader's namesake love child was released last week on a $9.8 million bond backed by $1 million cash and his mom's Upper East Side townhouse, the Daily News has learned. Vincent Esposito, 50, was jailed immediately after his January arrest on charges linked to a long-running Mafia shakedown of local unions. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Read more: http://beta.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/son-mob-boss-chin-gigante-free-costly-9-8m-bond-article-1.3943261

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On 4/21/2018 at 7:55 PM, docyabut2 said:

 America will stop (The American Mafia ) using the drugs of power, by all the stopping of using  the drugs,  the drugs of the wall Trump is building along Mexico :rolleyes:  did you know there are six billionaires drug dealers  living in Calf could be some are  Mafia, but is stop the war on drugs.  A war on drugs that have been fighting for decades 

Great points docyabut2, they have not had much success with the war on drugs and I don't suspect they will as long as there is a demand for them and a huge supply. And you are absolutely right docyabut2, the Mafia has been involved in narcotics trafficking for decades and continue to this day.

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Mobster Vinny Asaro whines judge slapped him with stiff sentence because he beat another case

An aging gangster says he's getting shafted with a stiff sentence for a car arson — all because he managed to beat a bigger case years earlier. Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro, 83, says eight years in prison is over the top for a conviction on ordering the 2012 torching of a car that cut him off. Asaro said the reason the prison term is so out of whack is that Judge Allyne Ross wrongly weighed his 2015 acquittal in a trial where the feds tried linking him to a 1969 murder and the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/mobster-whines-judge-punished-beating-previous-case-article-1.3950452

 

Reputed mob boss Rocco Zito was called a ‘snitch’ before he was shot dead, court hears

Zito’s daughter told the courtroom that her former husband, Domenic Scopelliti, and her father Zito had an ugly verbal exchange on Jan. 29, 2016, the last day of Zito’s life. Alleged mob boss Rocco Zito was called a “snitch” and a “rat” in Italian moments before he was shot to death in his family home by his son-in-law after a dispute over Zito’s will, court heard Wednesday. Zito’s daughter Laura Scopelliti told a University Ave. courtroom that her then-husband, Domenic Scopelliti, 54, and her 87-year-old father had an ugly verbal exchange on Jan. 29, 2016, the last day of Zito’s life. 

Read more: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/25/reputed-mob-boss-rocco-zito-was-called-a-snitch-before-he-was-shot-dead-court-hears.html

 

Convicted Queens mobster’s posh pad hits market for $2.9M

This is some loanshark luxury living. A month after Bonanno crime family big Ronald (Ronnie G) Giallanzo pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, the Daily News has learned his mobbed up mansion — with a wine cellar, gym and pool — is on the market for almost $2.9 million. Giallanzo must sell his palatial, five-bedroom, three-bathroom and two half-bathroom Howard Beach pad. That's according to his deal with Brooklyn federal prosecutors, who said the acting capo was at the top of a long-running loansharking operation, which lent millions at sky-high interest rates.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/convicted-queens-mobster-posh-pad-hits-market-2-9m-article-1.3942275

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New Mob Talk is Out:

 

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Mob boss pleads guilty to illegal gambling to avoid retrial

Reputed wiseguy Joey “Skinny Joey” Merlino got the OK to remove his ankle bracelet Friday after he pleaded guilty to a single count of illegal gambling that will allow him to avoid retrial — and everybody was happy but the judge. Merlino, the reputed head of the Philadelphia mob, had his initial case dismissed in January after a Manhattan federal jury was unable to reach a verdicton allegations that he engaged in illegal gambling, loansharking, health care fraud and racketeering.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/04/27/mob-boss-pleads-guilty-to-illegal-gambling-to-avoid-retrial/

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Alleged plot to kill New England mob boss included explosives-laden plane

New court filings are revealing a plot to execute a former New England mafia boss using a remote control plane rigged with explosives during the 1990s. WPRI-TV reports that documents filed ahead of the May 9 murder trial of Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme include a 2016 FBI report detailing the alleged scheme. The report says mob enforcer Kevin Hanrahan planned to fly an explosives-laden plane into Salemme's home in Sharon, Massachusetts. He also wanted to detonate a suitcase with explosives at a restaurant in Providence frequented by Rhode Island mobster Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio.

Read more: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/alleged_plot_to_kill_new_engla.html

 

WHEN COPS CAN'T CONVICT A 'TOP MAFIA BOSS,' THEY TURN TO DESPERATE MEASURES

Vincenzo “Jimmy” DeMaria sauntered into a rare quiet room at Collins Bay prison. He draped an orange prison jacket over the back of a chair, sat, and arranged and then rearranged papers in front of him as he waited for his army of lawyers to start his war. His calm face soon puckered. It was not from the salvo of allegations — that he is the “top guy in Toronto” of a powerful global Mafia; the stoic centre of a swirling underworld of corruption, murder, gambling and hundreds of millions of dollars whizzing from Canada; a leading figure on the board of control running the mob in Ontario; and more and more and more.

Read more: http://nationalpost.com/feature/when-cops-cant-convict-a-top-mafia-boss-they-turn-to-desperate-measures

 

 

Hull fire probed as mob boss heads to trial

State fire officials are investigating an out-of-control car blaze earlier this month outside a Hull restaurant owned by the brother of a man set to testify in the ongoing trial of Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, an admitted killer who was once the head of the New England Mafia. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the April 17 fire outside the Pizza Box restaurant and have not said whether it could have been aimed at the owner, Peter Booras, who was once pushed out of his ownership of The Channel – in the 1980s, a renowned Boston music club – by Salemme and his associates. Booras’ brother, Harry Booras, is scheduled to testify in Salemme’s federal murder trial, which started with jury selection on Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.patriotledger.com/news/20180427/hull-fire-probed-as-mob-boss-heads-to-trial

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Man pegged as Toronto’s ‘top guy’ in powerful global Mafia starts new court battle against deportation to Italy

The man named the “the top guy in Toronto” for one of the world’s most powerful crime groups is asking a Canadian court to stop Ottawa’s plan to deport him. Vincenzo (Jimmy) DeMaria, 63, has lived in Canada since he was an infant but never became a Canadian citizen; after a recent declaration he is a senior member of the Mafia and involved in transnational crime, he was ordered back to Italy. The Immigration and Refugee Board issued a deportation order against him late last month after lengthy hearings. The IRB accepted police evidence that DeMaria was a senior boss in Canada of the ’Ndrangheta — the proper name of the Mafia formed in Italy’s region of Calabra — who engaged in money laundering or other proceeds of crime violations.

Read more: http://nationalpost.com/news/man-pegged-as-torontos-top-guy-in-powerful-global-mafia-starts-new-court-battle-against-deportation-to-italy

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40-year mystery: Where were the police when mobster 'Sammy G' Gingello was murdered?

On the early April morning 40 years ago when "Sammy G" Gingello was killed — murdered by a bomb detonated beneath his Buick Park Avenue sedan — the downtown streets were eerily empty. Typically, Rochester Police Investigator Gus D'Aprile would have been nearby, shadowing Gingello as he and his partner, Jerry Luciano, had done for weeks and weeks. But D'Aprile was instead home in bed; he and Luciano had finally been given the time off that they'd long — and previously unsuccessfully — requested from their supervisors. For years thereafter, and until his death in December, D'Aprile would wonder whether it was pure coincidence that he and Luciano finally got the night off, or if, instead, there was knowledge in police circles that a hit was planned on Gingello. 

Read more: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/05/11/sammy-g-gingello-rochester-mob-team-b-team-1978-car-bombing-where-were-cops/525451002/

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Legendary mob boss Al Capone’s Miami Beach mansion up for sale for $15 million

Don’t you just wish you could get away from all the madness and enjoy some peace and quiet? Al Capone also had that wish, so he got himself a luxurious waterfront villa in Miami Beach. At 93 Palm Drive, he was far removed from the violent gang wars in the Chicago underworld. Now, his place of refuge could be all yours! Located on a 30-thousand square foot lot, the mansion is hidden away from the public behind century-old palm trees and perfectly manicured greens. It was a perfect fit for the infamous Chicago mob boss.

Read more: http://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/legendary-mob-boss-al-capone-s-miami-beach-mansion-up-for-sale-fo#.WvRGLz3lGMs.reddit

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Witness: Killed Canada Mafia Boss was at Odds with Son-in-Law

The granddaughter of Italian mafia boss Rocco Zito told a Toronto court on Monday that one week before he was killed, Zito, 87, was no longer on speaking terms with his son-in-law, who has been accused of the murder, the Star reported. Zito was shot three times around five in the evening on January 29, 2016 in the front hallway of his brick bungalow. A fourth bullet was found near his body. His son-in-law was living in a basement apartment of the family home.

Read more: https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/7996-witness-killed-canada-mafia-boss-was-at-odds-with-son-in-law

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City gave $37M in contracts to road-repair business whose owner was once tied to Mafia

A contractor whose former company was suspected of mob ties won $37 million in taxpayer-funded city contracts last year — despite his history of blocking investigations into his prior company. Richard Persico owns PCI Industries, a Mount Vernon firm that won three huge city contracts in 2017 to resurface New York City streets and install wheelchair-accessible sidewalk ramps in all five boroughs. He got the lucrative deals even though city investigators say in 2006 he blocked their efforts to look into mob involvement in an affiliated firm he co-owned 50/50 with his brother, Robert.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/city-gave-37m-contracts-road-repair-business-tied-mafia-article-1.3987072

 

MOB INFORMANT: INCARCERATED N.E. MAFIA CHIEF PATRIARCA, JR. PAID TO HAVE SALEMME & MANOCCHIO EXECUTED

An informant told the FBI that deposed New England mob don Raymond Patriarca, Jr. backed and financed Kevin Hanrahan’s unsuccessful plot to assassinate a pair of Patriarca Jr.’s successors from behind bars two and a half decades ago, according to a court filing last week related to an upcoming federal murder trial involving one of the intended victims. In a 2016 phone conversation with his FBI handler the informant stated that Patriarca, Jr. sent $100,000 in cash to Hanrahan through an intermediary with instructions to kill then-New England mafia boss Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme and his then-underboss Luigi (Baby Shacks) Manocchio, who would go on to replace Cadillac Frank atop the mafia in the Northeast in the years to come.

Read more: http://gangsterreport.com/mob-informant-incarcerated-fmr-n-e-mafia-chief-patriarca-jr-paid-to-have-salemme-manocchio-executed/

 

NY Mafia boss on Springfield gangsters: 'I don't like dealing with them. They're like girls.'

Federal prosecutors are seeking five-year sentences for the last of five local mobsters teed up for sentencing in an extortion and conspiracy case. Francesco "Frank" Depergola, 60, of Springfield, and Richard Valentini, 52, of East Longmeadow, will be the last of five organized crime members to be sentenced for mob-related offenses charged in a 2016 indictment. Two sentencing hearings are scheduled for May 11 in U.S. District Court in Worcester. Prosecutors did not bring RICO charges -- typically the goal for federal mob cases -- but they got far enough. They ensnared Depergola and Valentini, plus alleged Springfield Crew leader Ralph Santaniello and underlings Giovanni "Johnny Cal" Calabrese and Gerald Daniele.

Read more: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/ny_mob_boss_on_springfield_gan.html

 

 

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SEE IT: John Travolta dances his way through Cannes with 50 Cent while promoting 'Gotti'

John Travolta first came to Cannes 40 years ago while promoting "Grease," and he's still dancing along the Croisette. The 64-year-old actor returned to the Cannes Film Festival to promote his new mafia boss John Gotti biopic "Gotti," celebrate the anniversary of "Grease" with a screening on the beach, and, at a soiree on Tuesday night, share a few dance moves alongside rapper 50 Cent. Travolta loves Cannes; it's where Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" debuted two decades ago and won the festival's top award, the Palme d'Or. This year's trip is more of a victory lap (Travolta was also to give a Masterclass talk on Wednesday) while premiering "Gotti."

 

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Mobsters will lose ‘core business’ thanks to legal sports betting: experts

The mob’s gambling racket is about to sleep with the fishes. The US Supreme Court’s sports-betting ruling dealt a losing hand to organized crime in the New York area, legal experts said Monday. Gambling and loan-sharking have traditionally been the mob’s “bread and butter,” and the decision will “significantly reduce” its clientele, former federal prosecutor Thomas Seigel said. “They will definitely lose a regular source of predictable income,” said Seigel, who ran the Organized Crime and Gangs Section of the Brooklyn US Attorney’ s Office.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/05/14/mobsters-will-lose-core-business-thanks-to-legal-sports-betting-experts/

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