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Friday, December 19, 2014

Gambino associate busted for coke and gun distribution

A reputed Gambino associate from New Jersey whose ex-wife starred on “I Married a Mobster” was busted in a cocaine and gun distribution ring, authorities and sources said.

Fiore "Phil" Caruso, 59, personally met with an undercover cop on six occasions and sold two weapons and drugs, according to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.

He reportedly did prison time in the past for racketeering and drug dealing — which blindsided his former wife Cheryl Caruso, the reality TV star once said.

She said in 2011 that her life was a  “fairy tale” until her husband was sentenced to 15-to-life in a previous racketeering and drug-dealing case.

“Everything was picture-perfect … I didn’t have to do anything,” the platinum-haired beauty said in Daily News story on the show.

Caruso, of Weehawken, N.J., is expected to be arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, on charges including conspiracy, criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal sale of a firearm.

John Ennis, 28, Berenice Albarran, 25, and John Contreras, 39, are also charged.

They allegedly sold more than a pound of cocaine worth $23,000 between Aug. 27 and Dec. 1.

Caruso allegedly sold nine firearms including semi-automatic pistols and revolvers for $16,800.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/gambino-associate-arrested-coke-gun-smuggling-ring-article-1.2051099

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gambino soldier uses contacts to bring historic Catholic texts to Brooklyn

(From l.) Antonella Villa, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Brother William Boslet and Marco Polo Ristorante owner Joe Chirico announce on Wednesday a rare exhibition of St. Francis of Assisi manuscripts and artifacts will come to Borough Hall. 
(From l.) Antonella Villa, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Brother William Boslet and Marco Polo Ristorante owner Joe Chirico announce on Wednesday a rare exhibition of St. Francis of Assisi manuscripts and artifacts will come to Borough Hall.
A well-connected sinner paved the way for a Catholic saint to make a grand showing in Brooklyn.
Reputed wiseguy Joseph Chirico worked contacts in Italy to lure a coveted exhibition of Medieval texts from the life of St. Francis of Assisi to Borough Hall.
The Carroll Gardens restaurateur was a guest at a news conference with Borough President Eric Adams to announce the show’s Dec. 17 opening.
“Thank you so much,” Adams told Chirico on Wednesday. “A Brooklynite instrumental in bringing back an exhibit of this magnitude. Thank you so much.”
Chirico, who was convicted in 2008 of laundering money for the mafia, said he was visiting Rome on one of his annual trips to Italy when a friend who is a priest invited him to the Basilica of St. Francis Assisi to view the papal relics, manuscripts from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Medieval Catholic texts documenting the life of St. Francis of Assisi are set to go on display Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. 
Medieval Catholic texts documenting the life of St. Francis of Assisi are set to go on display Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
“What I saw was very amazing,” the owner of Marco Polo Ristorante said. “I would never have believed in my life the history.”
The visit prompted Chirico and the friend, Padre Enzo Fortunato, to contact officials in Italy and the United States about the possibility of a New York City exhibition.
Adams, who described Chirico as “our good friend” on Wednesday, cooled on the restaurateur’s connection to the project after the Daily News pointed out the businessman’s prior conviction involving ties to organized crime.
“Mr. Chirico is not a partner on the exhibition,” Adams said in a statement. “We thank him for making the important introduction between the exhibition organizers and our office.”
Medieval Catholic texts documenting the life of St. Francis of Assisi are set to go on display Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. 
Medieval Catholic texts documenting the life of St. Francis of Assisi are set to go on display Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Adams has been a champion of re-entry programs for offenders and second chances, a spokesman said.
“He would be a hypocrite if he excluded those individuals who have paid their debt to society and are seeking to do positive community work going forward,” spokesman Stefan Ringel said.
Chirico has a history of chummy relations with borough hall. He was charged with passing a cash tribute payment from a mob associate to another gangster, in 2008, but sentenced to just six months’ house arrest after then Borough President Marty Markowitz and his predecessor, Howard Golden, wrote letters to the judge vouching for his character.
The reputed Gambino associate was curt Thursday when asked about his past.
Joseph Chirico's restaurant Marco Polo is an iconic eatery in Carroll Gardens.  
Joseph Chirico's restaurant Marco Polo is an iconic eatery in Carroll Gardens.
“This is nothing that’s got anything to do with this,” he said.
The exhibition was a coup for Brooklyn. St. Francis is an important figure for Catholics — including Pope Francis, who chose his name in honor of the holy man’s dedication to the poor. The 12th and 13th century scripts haven’t left Italy in 700 years, and their only other stop on the ground-breaking tour is the United Nations.
Brother William Boslet, superior general of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, said there’s already widespread interest in the exhibit.
“I think people that have any kind of interest in history or religion or Franciscanism — anyone would be happy to see them,” Boslet said.
The free exhibit will be on display through Jan. 14 at Borough Hall.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/mob-tied-restaurateur-helps-bring-catholic-texts-brooklyn-article-1.2042487

Judge rips Genovese captain at sentencing

Genovese capo Conrad Ianniello leaves Brooklyn Federal Court after being sentenced to three years in prison for extortion.
A Brooklyn judge who has sentenced scores of gangsters unleashed an epic reprimand of a remorseless Genovese capo Thursday before sentencing the hoodlum to three years in prison for extorting a union.
“You’re bad for America,” Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis said. “Your behavior disgusts me.”
On the receiving end of the blast was Conrad Ianniello, 71, the nephew of deceased Genovese underboss Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello. He had pleaded guilty to ordering the president of a union local to back off from organizing workers at a Long Island chocolate factory so another union preferred by the mob could move in. “We are going to do it diplomatically and if that doesn’t work I am going to f--- him up,” Ianniello said on a wiretap.
Ianniello mumbled an apology to his family in Brooklyn Federal Court, triggering the judge’s fury. “When organized crime figures try to influence the lawful process of organizing a workplace with a labor union, the rights of many people are adversely affected,” Garaufis said.
“You need to apology to this country,” the judge continued. “Your behavior disgusts me. I’m tired of mobsters coming into this courtroom and apologizing to their families when they should apologize to their country.”
Outside the courtroom, Ianniello was asked by the Daily News if he wanted to apologize to anyone else. “We have nothing more to say,” his lawyer, Lisa Scolari, responded. Ianniello reverted back to tough-guy mode when he told The News’ photographer, “I’m gonna drop you on your head.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/judge-rips-mobster-sentencing-bad-america-article-1.2042742

Judge lowers bail for broke Genovese associate

A Superior Court judge lowered bail Wednesday from $400,000 to $300,000 for a reputed associate of the Genovese crime family who is accused of heading a multi-million-dollar sports gambling business.
Vincent Coppola, 37, of Union, the son of jailed Genovese capo Michael Coppola, was among 11 members and alleged associates of the crime family who were arrested in October on charges of running a number of illegal financial schemes, which also included elaborate loansharking and check-cashing operations.
Coppola, arrested a day after the others, did not attend a bail hearing with his co-defendants on Oct. 23 because the Morris County jail would not immediately accept him due to "medical conditions," Deputy Attorney General Vincent Militello said during the bail hearing.
Coppola, who sat in a wheelchair as he appeared in Superior Court in Morristown via closed-circuit television on Wednesday, spent six weeks at Morristown Medical Center for treatment of his undisclosed ailment before being transferred to the jail, Militello said.
At the time of the arrests, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Coppola ran the sports betting operation from an offshore "wire room" located in Costa Rica to process wagers. During 2011, Coppola allegedly handled more than $1.7 million in bets, bringing in more than $400,000 in profits to the Genovese family.
But in court Wednesday, Coppola said, "I can't afford any attorney" and wants to be represented by a public defender.
"I have a 13-year-old autistic son, and he really needs my help," Coppola said.
Judge Robert Gilson reduced the bail to $300,000, but when he told Coppola he must pay the full amount with no 10 percent option, Coppola shook his head, indicating there's no way he can make that bail.
Militello said Coppola was arrested at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway, where he was "involved in more criminal activity."
"He had newspaper articles related to the matter," Militello said. "He knew he was being charged, but he kept on with his criminal activity."
Coppola was arrested after state troopers spotted him snorting heroin in a parked car with other individuals at a rest stop in Woodbridge, said Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office. Coppola was in possession of "multiple wax folds of heroin" and after he identified himself, he was charged in the drug case and in the gambling case, Aseltine said.
In the organized crime case, Coppola faces first-degree charges of racketeering and money laundering. He is also accused of conspiracy and money laundering.
No further court date was set for Coppola because his case is being sent to a grand jury for a possible indictment.
Others arrested in October included a Genovese "capo," Charles "Chuckie" Tuzzo, 80, of Bayside, N.Y., and a "made" soldier, 55-year-old Vito Alberti of New Providence. The cases are being tried in Morris County.
At the helm of the alleged check-cashing scheme, Hoffman said, was Domenick Pucillo, 56, of Florham Park, who oversaw operations at Tri-State Check Cashing Inc., located in Newark's Ironbound district, and other places.
Fucillo extended lines of both cash and credit to customers who paid annual interest rates of between 52 and 56 percent, Hoffman said.

http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2014/12/bail_dropped_to_300k_for_reputed_genovese_associate_who_says_hes_broke.html

Pair of Gambino family associates arrested for extortion

Italian and American cops arrested eight mafia members on extortion charge Thursday, including John Grillo, who was cuffed in Milan.
The FBI arrested a pair of Brooklyn-based Gambino crime family associates who are wanted for extortion in Italy, authorities said.
Francesco Palmeri was nabbed Thursday and Michele Amabile earlier this week and they will be handed over to Italian police.
The mobsters allegedly traveled to Italy last year to shake down Lorenzo Marsilio, the director of a major electric company for one million Euros, according to court papers. They were acting on behalf of another mob associate who had loaned money to Marsilio more than 30 years ago and was allegedly using the Gambino muscle to pressure the victim.
Palmeri allegedly visited Marsilio’s office and left an ominous message, “I must talk directly to him, tell him only that I have to leave a message from America, he will understand.”
Since Sicilian-born Domenico "Dom the Greaseball" Cefalu became the reputed boss of the Gambinos, the feds have been paying close attention to ties between the New York crime family with its power base centered in Bensonhurst, and mafia organizations in Italy.
Palmeri traveled to twice Italy in 2013 to bully the businessman about paying up on a 1980s loan. The mob also allegedly sent letters, which were signed by "friends in Brooklyn" asking him for money.
Palmeri faces a maximum sentence of 20 years if convicted of criminal conspiracy to commit international extortion aggravated by mafia membership.
He worked with the other alleged extortionist throughout the blackmail plot, police said.
Italian police nabbed another suspect, John Grillo, in Milan during the Thursday sting. Police called Grillo the "main architect" of the extortion campaign, and cuffed him just before he got on a plane to New York.
American gangs traditionally work closely with their Italian mafia counterparts, such as the Sicilian Cosa Nostra and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, allowing for the trans-Atlantic crime.

www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/gambino-mob-underboss-arrested-ny-extortion-italy-article-1.2041477

Tommy Shots suing the government for $10 million dollars after slipping and falling in prison shower

Mafia hoodlum takes the fall, files $10M suit over jailhouse slip
Former Colombo crime family capo Tommy “Tommy Shots” Gioeli might be off the streets – but that doesn’t mean he still can’t be an earner.
The fat mafia veteran is suing the feds for $10 million after he slipped and fell in a shower area at a North Carolina federal penitentiary in August, according to a Brooklyn federal court suit.
The ever-whiny hoodlum, who frequently grouses about conditions at the Butner Low Correctional Facility, claims that he toppled over because of leaky piping, according to the suit.
Currently serving a 18-year sentence, the bloated mob menace claims he was “caused to slip and fall on a wet floor due to a leaking slop sink pipe and shower located near the stairs going to the second level,” papers state.
The suit claims that the prison pratfall injured Gioeli but doesn’t provide any specifics.
“Plaintiff Thomas Gioeli has been rendered sick, sore, lame, maimed and disabled and so remains due to the negligence of defendant,” according to the suit.
A woman who answered the phone at the office of his lawyer, Martin Schiowitz, said he wouldn’t be commenting on the case.
“He’s not interested,” she huffed.
Despite braying about everything from shoddy snow removal by the De Blasio administration to Ukrainian politics, Gioeli made no mention of the jailhouse mishap on his blog or Twitter pages.
Gioeli, who suffers from heart problems and diabetes, was sentenced in March for a range of mob mayhem including racketeering and murder raps.
He was convicted in 2012 of plotting the murders of several gangland rivals including Frank Marasa and orchestrating violence against rivals to gain power.

http://nypost.com/2014/11/26/mafia-hoodlum-takes-the-fall-files-10m-suit-over-jailhouse-slip/

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Former union chief gets 22 months for role in Genovese family Christmas tributes

The former head of the union representing New Jersey dockworkers landed 22 months in prison in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday for his role in shaking down union members for Christmas “tributes.”

Thomas Leonardis, 57, was head of the International Longshoremen’s Association from 2008 to 2011.

Authorities say the collections were made at the behest of Stephen Depiro, a reputed soldier in the Genovese crime family.

In his guilty plea, Leonardis admitted conspiring to compel donations from ILA union members, who made the payments based on “actual and threatened force, violence and fear,” according to the US Attorney’s office.

http://nypost.com/2014/12/10/former-nj-union-chief-sentenced-to-prison-for-mafia-linked-scam/

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Colombo cop killer turned rat sentenced to 12 years in prison for role in 5 murders

Joseph Competiello was given a 12-year prison sentence Tuesday for killing NYPD policeman Ralph Dols in 1997 as well as other murders.
The family of slain NYPD cop Ralph Dols was a no-show Tuesday at the sentencing of a mob rat who received 12 years in prison for five gangland murders, including the rubout of the off-duty police officer.

Ex-Colombo soldier Joseph Competiello, who helped authorities crack the long-unsolved murder case, has maintained that he did not know Dols was a cop when he was given the contract by mob superiors in 1997.

No one from Dols’ family wrote the judge expressing a view on sentencing.

Linda Rosa Gargano holds a photograph of her murdered son Carmine. 'I still do not have my son’s body — and he wants to go home to his wife and family,' the bereaved mom cried in court Tuesday as her son's convicted killer, Joseph Competiello, was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Dols was allegedly marked for death by then-acting Colombo boss Joel Cacace because Cacace’s ex-wife had married the policeman. Cacace and two other alleged participants in the plot, Thomas Gioeli and Dino Saracino, were acquitted by federal juries of Dols’ murder.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan said he believed Competiello testified truthfully, but added: “I don’t think he played well to either jury.”

The scene of NYPD cop Ralph Dols' slaying.

Competiello, 43, has served more than six years in prison since he was arrested.

“I feel like a horrible, heartless person up here admitting to all these crimes I committed, but I’m not that person anymore,” he told the judge.

Ralph Dols was allegedly marked for death by then-acting Colombo boss Joel Cacace, pictured, because Cacace’s ex-wife had married the cop.

Rosa Gargano, the mother of victim Carmine Gargano, urged the judge to show no mercy to the “bloodthirsty” hit man.
Mob turncoat gets 12 years after copping to 5 hits

“I still do not have my son’s body — and he wants to go home to his wife and family,” Gargano cried, holding a framed photo of her son who was fatally shot by Competiello and finished off with a sledgehammer.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ex-colombo-hitman-12-years-murder-nypd-dols-article-1.2039848

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mob Wives back on VH1 for a fifth season

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“Mob Wives” is back for a fifth season of screeching, yelling, shopping, more yelling and jail visits as Staten Island gun molls Drita D’Avanzo, Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Natalie Guercio and Angela “Big Ang” Raiola go on the prowl.
Last season, Renee, 46, mainly dealt with her father, Anthony Graziano, who was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison after her ex-husband, Hector “Junior” Pagan, wore a wire for the FBI and secretly taped conversations of his father-in-law with five other members of the Bonanno crime family. Four men, including Graziano, were sentenced to four-and-a-half years collectively after the recordings revealed they had attempted to collect a $150,000 illegal gambling debt.
Drita, 38, has a husband who is doing time. Lee D’Avanzo is serving time in prison for bank robbery — his second time in the big house. Karen, 35, who is the daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, returned to Staten Island after relocating to Arizona with her family.
Natalie, 31, is the single mother of a 9-year-old and wants to bring her family business, Carto Funeral Home, back to its former glory. And despite her over-the-top personality and zaftig proportions, Big Ang, 54, is known to most as the levelheaded one.
One question viewers would like to see answered this season is what exactly causes Big Ang and Renee to get into a huge fight. Hair is pulled, skin is bruised and accusations are hurled — irresistible scenes for those who get their rocks off on girl fights.
These ladies are bringing back the drama that we all thrive on from our reality starlets.
“Mob Wives” premiered Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. on VH1.

Brooklyn mansion built by Colombo soldier on the market for $17 million dollars

The most expensive home in Brooklyn at $30 million has suffered a steep discount to $17 million, according to Curbed New York.
Though it has significantly dropped in price from last year, the Mill Basin mansion keeps its title as Brooklyn’s most expensive property. The chop seems to stem from the fact that the original listing included a guest house on the property while the current listing does not.
The gated four-story compound includes five bedrooms, 9 and a half bathrooms, and over 14,700 square feet of space. 
Outside, the mansion has a 1,000-square-foot pool, a 40-person pavilion for parties, and 30,000 square feet of outdoor gardens.
There’s also a downstairs wine cellar, 257-feet of waterside frontage, a four-car garage, and a two-boat marina. It's a pretty nice spread that looks like it could belong in Miami instead of deep Brooklyn.
The mansion was originally built and owned by John Rosatti, a multi-millionaire with mob connections to the Colombo crime family. Known as an “earner,” he generated millions for their illegal activities with his car dealerships, according to the Village Voice.
He then sold the property to Russian heiress Galina Anisimova (mother of the "Russian Paris Hilton") for $3 million in the late ‘90s after he got caught up in some legal drama for building his home on wetlands.
Anisimova remains the current owner, according to public records found by The Real Deal.
James Cornell and Leslie Marshall of Corcoran Real Estate Group are currently sharing the listing.

Welcome to 2458 National Drive, Brooklyn's most expensive property.

Welcome to 2458 National Drive, Brooklyn's most expensive property.

The home is perched right on the Mill Basin waterfront.

The home is perched right on the Mill Basin waterfront.

For those who don't know where that is, it's in deep Brooklyn — far, far away from Manhattan.

For those who don't know where that is, it's in deep Brooklyn — far, far away from Manhattan.

The gated four-story compound was originally listed for $30 million back in 2013. It's now on sale for $17 million.

The gated four-story compound was originally listed for $30 million back in 2013. It's now on sale for $17 million.

It has four stories and 14,000 square feet of indoor space.

It has four stories and 14,000 square feet of indoor space.

In total, there are 14 rooms in the home.

In total, there are 14 rooms in the home.

Many of them have stunning floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the water.

Many of them have stunning floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the water.

This is the so-called "circle meditation room" with skylight. Fancy.

This is the so-called "circle meditation room" with skylight. Fancy.

These are the longest L-shaped couches you've ever seen.

These are the longest L-shaped couches you've ever seen.

The master bedroom looks amazing with wonderful views and a seating area.

The master bedroom looks amazing with wonderful views and a seating area.

There are nine bedrooms in total in the mansion.

There are nine bedrooms in total in the mansion.

There are also eight bathrooms and two powder rooms.

There are also eight bathrooms and two powder rooms.

Outside, the home has a 1,000-square-foot pool and 30,000 square feet of gardens.

Outside, the home has a 1,000-square-foot pool and 30,000 square feet of gardens.

This little outdoor area would be great for entertaining.

This little outdoor area would be great for entertaining.

The home also has 257-feet of Brooklyn waterfront.

The home also has 257-feet of Brooklyn waterfront.

http://www.businessinsider.com/brooklyn-waterfront-mansion-17-million-2014-11?op=1