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Monday, November 23, 2015

Son of Gambino mobster says mafia will protect NYC from ISIS

Mobster’s son says ISIS gives Mafia chance to show its ‘good side’
The son of infamous mob figure John Gambino says the La Cosa Nostra is ready to fight ISIS in New York City — and that the Mafia can do a better job of protecting the city from terror attacks than the NYPD.

Giovanni Gambino said during an interview with NBC that “the rise of global terrorism gives the Mafia a chance to show its good side.”

“We make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially . . . the Islamic State,” Gambino said.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Authorities bust alliance between the RIzzuto crime family and the Hells Angels in Canada
The heads of the most powerful criminal organizations in Montreal were rounded up Thursday as part of a drug trafficking investigation that has shaken up the city’s underworld and uncovered an incredible murder plot.

Leonardo Rizzuto, 46, and his longtime friend Stefano Sollecito, 48, were described as being the new heads of the Mafia in Montreal after more than 200 police officers made 48 arrests as part of two investigations — Projects Magot and Mastiff — that were joined together and revealed the Mafia, the Hells Angels and the city’s major street gangs were working in concert to control drug trafficking in the city.

Rizzuto is the son of Vito Rizzuto, the former head of the Mafia in Montreal who died of natural causes near the end of 2013. Sollecito is the son of Rocco Sollecito, a longtime Mafia leader who remained loyal to the organization while attempts were made to overtake it roughly four years ago.

The police also alleged that Loris Cavaliere, 61, a longtime defence lawyer, used his office in Little Italy on St-Laurent Blvd., as a place where the major players assumed they could meet in private because of the protection lawyers have to keep their discussion with clients secret. Cavaliere was arrested Thursday morning and is charged with “participating or contributing to the activity of a criminal organization” to facilitate its crimes.
Leonardo Rizzuto, grandson of Nicolo Rizzuto Sr., arrives at the funeral of his grandfather and reputed former head of the Montreal Mafia at the Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense church in Little Italy in Montreal Nov. 15, 2010.

Also charged on Thursday was Maurice "Mom" Boucher, the former Hells Angels leader who is serving a life sentence for having issued orders that led to the murders of two provincial prison guards and the attempted murder of another in 1997. Boucher, 62, is alleged to have used his daughter, Alexandra Mongeau, 25, to relay messages to his former bodyguard, Gregory Woolley, 43, as part of a plan to kill Raynald Desjardins, a former right-hand man of Vito Rizzuto, who is currently awaiting his sentence for his role in the murder of a Mafioso.

According to an indictment filed at the Longueuil courthouse, the plot to kill Raynald Desjardins began in July and ended on Nov. 9.

Lawyer Loris Cavaliere at the preliminary hearing for Danny De Gregoria on a weapons charge at the Palais de Justice in Montreal, Wednesday May 9, 2012.

Salvatore Cazzetta, 60, a longtime member of the Hells Angels and one of its more influential members in Quebec, was also arrested on Thursday. He is alleged to be the man who handled the money for the alliance between the Mafia, Hells Angels and street gangs.

Sûreté du Québec Chief Inspector Patrick Belanger said the combined investigations “allowed the arrests of the very influential heads of organized crime who formed an alliance” between the Hells Angels, Mafia and street gangs.

“This alliance was born out of a desire to control territory, particularly drug trafficking, and more particularly the area of Montreal, and to share revenues,” Belanger said. “During the investigation, Gregory Woolley, 43, of St-Hubert, was identified as the head of street gangs and also an influential player within the alliance.”

“For their part, Stefano Sollecito and Leonardo Rizzuto were identified as the heads of the (Mafia in Montreal). They took the place of Vito Rizzuto who died in 2013.”

An organizational chart presented at the press conference by the SQ indicates that Cavaliere acted as a go-between for the Mafia and members of street gangs. His office was allegedly used for meetings between high-level members of organized crime.

Charges against those arrested include gangsterism, drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit murder.

A joint SQ, RCMP and Montreal Police task force raided the Cavaliere & Associés offices in Montreal Nov. 19, 2015.

Five suspects remain at large. They are:
Eric Bourgeois, 37, from Montréal
José Mc Carthy, 39, from Montréal
Patrick Williams, 41, from Mascouche
Dominique Gauthier, 45, from Terrebonne
Martin Céleste, 35, from Terrebonne
Salvatore Cazzetta, right, leaves a Longueuil courthouse south of Montreal, with his lawyer, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014.

During the investigation, police seized $1.2 million in cash. During Thursday’s raids, officers confiscated 41 guns, 122 cellphones, one Harley-Davidson motorcycle and seven kilograms of cocaine.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Bonanno captain bashes owner of popular Japanese restaurant in the face with a cocktail glass

A reputed Bonnano crime family captain has been arrested and charged with smashing an owner of a popular Japanese restaurant with a cocktail glass, slicing his face and blinding one of his eyes, DNAinfo New York has learned.

Peter Lovaglio, 53, a powerful Bonnano boss, was picked up at his home early Friday morning and charged with the Nov. 1 attack on a 52-year-old owner inside his swanky Takayama Sushi Lounge at 17 Page Ave. at around 2:40 a.m., according to sources and court records.

The man was standing near the eatery’s bar when he heard someone call his name, sources said. When he turned to see who was talking to him, he was blindsided by an attacker who repeatedly hit his face.

Another patron called 911, but by the time the police arrived the attacker and his friends had left.

Sources say the police eventually obtained a photo of the suspect, but they had no name.

But earlier this week, the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division identified the suspect as Lovaglio.

Sources believe Lovaglio had gotten into an argument earlier that evening at the restaurant, but it was not clear if the dispute involved Forte.

Forte was taken to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he already had several surgeries to his face and eye. He is expected to require several more, sources said.

Lovaglio has long criminal history involving the Mafia.

He was freed from federal prison only last March after he served two years for violating his probation for a previous extortion conviction, records showed.

The violation involved being caught by the FBI associating with two other Bonnano bosses: Gerard Chilli, a Florida-based capo, and Anthony “Fat Tony” Rabito, another high-ranking family captain.

The FBI was watching Chilli on the day he flew into JFK Airport in May 2013 and was picked up by Rabito, and later met with Lovaglio.

Before that, Lovaglio spent four years in federal prison for extortion.

Lovaglio was being held Friday in a police lockup while he awaiting arraignment.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bonanno snitch's son visits home of recently acquitted captain

Anthony "Fat Sammy" Valenti (right) visited Vincent Asaro at his home in Queens on Saturday.

A son of a snitch stopped by to visit reputed “Goodfella” mobster Vincent Asaro at home for 90 minutes Saturday — and, astoundingly, walked out alive.
Asaro, 80, was enjoying his second morning of freedom since getting acquitted by a Brooklyn federal jury in the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist when the unlikely guest darkened his doorstep in Queens.
It was reputed Bonanno soldier Anthony “Fat Sammy” Valenti.
The chubby mobster had sat and stewed angrily in the back of the courtroom as his turncoat father, Gaspare Valenti, testified against Asaro— unsuccessfully, as it turned out.
Naturally, one might think the son would have been less than welcome when he parked a brand-new, white Jeep Sahara directly in front of Asaro’s home on 111th Street in South Ozone Park.
Especially since Asaro initially appeared to be in a bad mood.
“I’m not talking,” the less-than-jolly “Goodfella” had told a Post reporter half an hour earlier, when he came outside to take the garbage out.
“I have nothing to say,” Asaro added.
Soon enough, that son of a snitch pulled up in his Sahara, wearing jeans, a brown polo shirt and sneakers. With him was an unidentified, er, associate.
No brush-off for this guy.
Asaro opened the door like the younger Valenti was a long-lost debtor packing a wad of compounded interest.
Brooklyn prosecutors had said Asaro was a member of the team of gangsters that lifted $6 million in cash and jewels from the JFK Airport cargo terminal, a caper immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film,“Goodfellas.”
The elder Valenti and Asaro had been close for decades.
Then, in 2008, Valenti began recording their conversations and turning the tapes over to the feds.
Ultimately, jurors didn’t believe the elder Valenti, the star witness. They cleared the Bonanno crime-family capo of his alleged role in the heist, as well the 1969 killing of mob informant Paul Katz.
But on Saturday, the sins of the father were not visited upon the son.

Mob Wives band together to boot Drita D'Avanzo off new season

The “Mob Wives” are trying to shove their main star Drita D'Avanzo off the show and things got so ugly during filming for the new season, bodyguards were hired in case a brawl broke out.
Season 6, which airs in January, will feature regular cast members Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Angela "Big Ang" Raiola and former cast member Carla Faccolia, along with two new cast members, Marissa Jade and Brittany Fogarty.
“Renee Graziano’s sister Jennifer (Graziano) is the creator and the bias is towards Renee. And Renee hates Drita,” one show insider tells Confidenti@l. “People are choosing sides. Big Ange was trying to keep the peace, but she is slowly gravitating towards Renee too.”
Our source, who has seen the current season being filmed, adds that Drita is a “sexy firecracker” who knows how to pack both a verbal and physical punch.
“There has been security hired while they film, and they’ve had to hold Drita back multiple times,” adds our source. “They are trying to push her off the show and she is aware of what’s going on. At the beginning of filming there was a concerted effort to not film with her. Then, it turned to fighting.”
It got so bad behind the scenes, that Renee quit midway through filming. As of now, she has not returned and is said to be dealin with a health issue.
Over the summer the “wives” had banded together to refuse to film with Drita, and only did so if forced or is she shows up “by accident” while a scene is being filmed.
“The producers are eating it up,” our source says. “Without Drita there is no show, so it’s useless.”
The reason the women want her out, our source explains, is because the more airtime they each get, the more money they stand to make from appearances and endorsements.
“If they kill her off,” laughs our source, “they get more TV time.”
Drita has managed to form an alliance with Fogarty, the newest of the bunch, but hasn’t made friends with Jade, the other newbie, while filming.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bonanno captain found not guilty in murder of suspected snitch and Lufthansa heist

He’s a jolly “Goodfella.”

Bonanno crime capo Vinny Asaro grinned from ear to ear as he was acquitted by a federal jury Thursday in the iconic 1978 Lufthansa heist and a slew of other Mafia crimes, including murder.

Asaro, 80, at first looked puzzled as the “not guilty” verdicts were recited in Brooklyn Federal Court. Then he leaped up from his seat with a giant smile and hugged his two lawyers.

It was a massive blow to federal prosecutors, who were seeking a landmark conviction in the legendary crime immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film “Goodfellas.”

Prosecutors had argued that Asaro was heavily involved with the band of mob hoodlums who breached the Lufthansa terminal at Kennedy Airport on December 11, 1978 and emptied a vault of $6 million in cash and jewels.

In addition to clearing him on that score, jurors also cleared Asaro of any role in the grisly 1969 slaying of Paul Katz, a reputed mob associate who was suspected of being an informant.

The man described by a Brooklyn federal prosecutor as “the ultimate tough guy” and who once fraternized with mafia legends like John Gotti has now dodged the prospect of life in prison.

Asaro has now had the last laugh against his cousin, Gaspare Valenti, who’d been key to the prosecution case and who still faces up to 20 years in prison under his federal agreement to cooperate against Asaro.

Vincent Asaro (right) with his cousin Gaspare Valenti in an undated photo.

Broke and disillusioned with the mafia grind, Valenti turned rat in 2008 and later began wearing a wire during countless conversations with Asaro and others.

The Lufthansa heist orchestrated by mobster Vincent Asaro, was depicted in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob classic, “Goodfellas.”

Valenti, who has already pleaded guilty to involvement in the Lufthansa heist, gave jurors an intimate tour of the planning, execution and aftermath of the robbery.

The turncoat also told jurors that he exhumed Katz on his cousin’s orders.

Asaro’s defense attorneys, Diane Ferrone and Elizabeth Macedonio, may well have succeeded in discrediting Valenti and other mafia songbirds who took the stand, blasting them as professional rats who were motivated to lie in exchange for government money.

But federal prosecutors Nicole Argentieri, Lindsay Gerdes and Alicyn Cooley told the panel that the evidence against Asaro was overwhelming and that the cooperators’ testimony was supported by the evidence in the case.

The three-week trial in Brooklyn federal court vividly brought many of the characters from the famed film classic to life.