Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese, and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Grandson of John Gotti to make pro MMA debut

The grandson of one of New York City’s most notorious figures will make his professional mixed martial arts debut on Oct. 27.
John Gotti III will appear at CES 46 in Lincoln Falls, RI. Gatti will meet Johnny Adams (0-1) in a welterweight matchup.
The eldest Gotti, one of New York’s most notorious mobsters, was convicted of numerous charges in 1992 and was incarcerated until his death in 2002. Gatti III’s debut will be on what would have been his grandfather’s 77th birthday.
“I chose my pro debut with CES because I know several of the fighters that have fought for them,” said Gotti, a New York-based fighter who has fought in the amateur ranks for three years. “They said they were good guys to work with and that they put on a great show. So it was a natural fit when I heard they were promoting a show on Oct. 27. The significance of the date is that it would have been my late grandfather's 77th birthday, and I wanted to honor him on that day.”
The bout will take place on the undercard of an event whose main card will be televised on AXS-TV. The main card will be headlined by a middleweight bout between longtime veteran John Howard and Roger Carroll. 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Genovese soldier busted for failing to report $2M in capital gains from selling real estate

A 77-year-old Brooklyn mobster was a true wiseguy when it came to making deals in a hot real estate market — but he was a real dummy about paying taxes, authorities say.

Salvatore "Sallie" DeMeo was busted on tax-evasion charges Thursday as Brooklyn federal prosecutors claim he failed to report $2 million in capital gains. The reputed Genovese soldier also stiffed Uncle Sam out of $367,000 in taxes, prosecutors say.

The oldfella is making a quick return trip to the halls of justice. Just last month, DeMeo pleaded guilty in Brooklyn Supreme Court to his role in a loansharking and gambling racket and was sentenced to five years probation.

Salvatore "Sallie" DeMeo.

The new tax charges aren't mob-related, but prosecutors call the Brooklyn resident a "longtime, loyal member" of the Genovese crime family. His past includes a 2002 Brooklyn federal court plea connected to a bank stick-up and an armored car heist. 

DeMeo inherited shares on the valuable swatches of downtown Brooklyn land from his dad, the indictment said.

Between 2013 and 2014, he and others sold off all their shares of the property along Atlantic Avenue, Pacific Street, Bond Street and Schermerhorn Street for $18.2 million.

But DeMeo didn't want the feds dipping into his share, prosecutors say.

As a result, he had the checks on his proceeds cut into eight bite-sized portions and he put most of the money in accounts that weren't his, prosecutors charged. 

For example, he deposited about $1 million in a plumbing business he didn't own. Prosecutors said DeMeo kept it all in the family because the business was operated by another Genovese member.

DeMeo is also suspected of cutting a $355,000 check to a person with an unlicensed check-cashing business. The money — minus a fee — funneled back to DeMeo, according to court papers.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Federal guidelines say the graying gangster could face more than three years in prison if convicted.

"Organized crime members are on notice that this Office and its law enforcement partners will hold them accountable for such economic crimes no less than for their traditional schemes and offenses," Brooklyn Executive U.S. Attorney William Muller said.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wannabe mobster gets 30 years in prison for brutal murder

An aspiring mobster and the 36-year-old man convicted of tricking him into killing an Edison man with a pickaxe six years ago were sentenced Thursday to 30 years in state prison.
Daniel Medaglia, 32, of Edison, and Michael Doce, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, were sentenced to the 30 years in prison and five years of parole in the death of 28-year-old Kelvin Dumo, whose body was found in a Sayreville industrial site on the morning of Nov. 7, 2011.
Doce concocted an intricate eight-month narrative and bragged about his fictitious ties to organized crime to manipulate Medaglia into carrying out the murder, prosecutors said. Medaglia, who has admitted to fatally bludgeoning Dumo, was the state's key witness in the case against Doce and has said he thought the murder was a $50,000 Mafia hit.
One of the most powerful moments during the sentencing came when Dumo's mother, Neida Dumo, told Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves that her only son was loved by many people. She said Doce and Medaglia have shown no remorse in the nearly six years her family has attended court hearings.
"I'm thankful that this day has finally come," she said. "Neither of them has a conscience."
Doce and Medaglia sat in silence in handcuffs and green, court-issued jumpsuits as about 20 people listened in the courtroom. When asked if they would like to speak at their separate hearings, Doce slightly shook his head no while Medaglia apologized to Dumo's family.
After a six-week trial, a jury in June found Doce guilty of murder and conspiracy charges. Medaglia struck a deal with prosecutors for 30 years in prison in exchange for his testimony against Doce.
Both sides have made their cases in the trial of Michael Doce, the Woodbridge man accused of orchestrating of the killing of Kelvin Dumo in 2011.
Before Medaglia was sentenced, his defense attorney, Howard Barman, told the judge he should reconsider the plea deal and sentence Medaglia to less time than Doce, who was sentenced earlier in the day. In his argument, Barman said Adolf Hitler and one of his followers would not have received the same sentence.
"Without Mr. Medaglia, there wouldn't have been a conviction. And without Mr. Doce, there wouldn't have been a murder," Barman said.
The judge did not throw out the plea agreement. He said even though Doce persuaded Medaglia to kill, he was the one who drove the pickaxe through Dumo's head.
During Doce's trial, Medaglia testified he yearned to become connected to organized crime and when he met Doce in 2009, he believed he had found his path to the criminal underworld in New Jersey.
Medaglia said from the stand he believed Doce when he claimed his Uncle Paulie ran the Genovese crime family in the Garden State. Medaglia thought Doce was a mob underboss.
"[Doce] said he was going to introduce me to members of the family," Medaglia said during his testimony. "Money. Cars. It was an attractive lifestyle."
The wanna-mobster also testified he thought a hit had been ordered on Dumo for $50,000, and since he introduced him to Doce, the contract was his responsibility.
"I was afraid I'd be murdered," Medaglia testified.
Doce's defense team has contended he is innocent in the killing and was joking with Medaglia as he texted wild stories of organized crime, often lifted from popular movies and shows, such as "The Sopranos" and "Goodfellas." He never meant for anyone to get hurt, his attorneys said.
On the evening of Nov. 6, 2011, Medaglia convinced Dumo to drive him to buy drugs at the Viking Terminal industrial site, a place Doce had bragged about killing nine people and hiding their remains with help from connected men on site, according to Medaglia's testimony.
After the two got out of the car, Medaglia swung a tire iron at Dumo's head as his back was turned. It flew out of his hand and the two fought before Medaglia grabbed a pickaxe that was "just lying there" and repeatedly struck Dumo, he testified.
After the killing, Ryan Morrell, 35, of Dunellen, picked Medaglia up and took him to Walmart to buy new clothes, according to testimony. Morrell pleaded guilty in 2014 to a charge of hindering Medaglia's arrest.
The judge sentenced Morrell on Thursday to a year of probation. Of the three defendants, Morrell appeared to show the most remorse in court, apologizing to the family and saying he never imagined the decision to pick up his friend that day would change his life.
"I feel for you," he said as he held back tears and raised his right hand in the direction of Dumo's family members seated in the second row.
Before Doce was sentenced, his defense team filed a motion for a retrial, arguing that the judge abused his discretion by exposing jurors to graphic photographs that one of his attorneys, Eric Breslin, described as "nothing but inflammatory."
Breslin said he would spend the rest of his career trying to get justice for Doce, who the judge described during Medaglia's sentencing as a pathological liar. Breslin said numerous people wrote letters to the judge in support of Doce.
Assistant Prosecutor Vincent Vitale said since the killing, the Dumo family has endured pain like he has never seen. As he showed a photograph of Dumo smiling on a projector screen, his mother, father and sister held hands.
"Michael Doce is a destroyer of lives," Vitale told the judge. "He's the center of all of this."


Bonanno family loansharks get trial date for 2018


The members of an alleged loansharking ring run by 10 members and associates of the Bonanno crime family are scheduled to go on trial starting June 25, 2018, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice.
The date was set during a Sept. 18 conference on the charges against alleged acting Bonanno capo Ronald “Ronnie G” Giallanzo and nine other defendants. A judge was notified at the hearing that the defendants and the government have been and continued to be engaged in plea negotiations.
The next status conference is set for Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.
Giallanzo, 46, is the nephew of alleged Lufthansa heist man Vincent Asaro, who beat his charges in 2015. Giallanzo allegedly became acting capo in 2014, after his first cousin, Jerome Asaro, was arrested.
He and the other nine defendants were arrested in March on various charges including loansharking, extortion, obstruction of justice and attempted murder. According to the charges, Giallanzo provided money to some of the defendants to give “extortionate loans” to numerous individuals. The DOJ alleges the crew engaged in acts of violence to collect debts owed to them. In one case, Giallanzo allegedly sought to have an individual who robbed one of his crew members murdered. The dispute lasted several months and the two crews often shot at each other on Howard Beach streets, the DOJ said.
Two of the defendants are charged with attempting to lie to a grand jury about the alleged operation.


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Judge refuses to rip up Colombo soldier's conviction for racketeering

A gangster serving 50 years in prison for racketeering couldn't convince a Brooklyn federal judge to rip up his conviction.
Colombo soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino argued he got subpar lawyering in a 2012 trial that ended with jurors saying he was guilty of murder conspiracies and witness tampering but acquitting him of killing an off-duty cop.
A family feud exploded at trial when Saracino's older brother, Sebastian, took the stand against him. "Don't call me your brother no more!" Saracino barked at him.
On Friday, Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan threw out Saracino's bid to overturn the conviction and sentence.
Saracino wasn't charged in the 1993 killing of Joseph Scopo, an underboss in an opposing faction. But he was charged and convicted of murder conspiracy in crime family faction violence.
When Cogan smacked Saracino with the 50-year sentence in 2014, the judge weighed Saracino's role in the civil war whack. Authorities said Saracino was gathering intelligence on the whereabouts of faction enemies including Scopo.
Saracino argued his lawyer at the time didn't make the right sort of arguments to keep Scopo's death off the scales of justice.
Cogan ruled Saracino's sentence would have been the same, regardless of the arguments.
He noted that Saracino didn't give him any real evidence to weigh against his convicted crimes. "As the Court observed at sentencing, Saracino is a Mafia hitman, and that's about all there is to him," Cogan wrote Friday.
Saracino, 45, is locked up at a Pennsylvania federal prison.
Marc Fernich, Saracino's lawyer on the recent bid, said he was "disappointed in the ruling."


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Man involved in 1972 slaying busted in Wyoming

An 81-year-old man who was convicted in the 1970s killing of a nephew of notorious mob boss Carlo Gambino has been arrested in Wyoming on drug charges.
Henry Sentner, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was pulled over Sunday on Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming by a state trooper for speeding.
Charging documents say about 35 pounds (16 kilograms) of marijuana was found in Sentner's vehicle.
District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg said Sentner's "colorful" past includes a 15-year prison sentence for the 1972 killing of Emanuel Gambino.
"In the time that I've both lived here and been district attorney, this is kind of unique to have somebody of this seasoned, as it were, to still be engaged in this conduct at his age," Sandburg said in an interview.
Sentner is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, felony marijuana possession and speeding. Sentner was released Wednesday after posting $3,000 cash bail.
His appointed state public defender was out of the office Wednesday and not available for comment.
Circuit Judge Thomas Lee on Wednesday scheduled Sentner's next court hearing for Oct. 6 and set terms of his bond.
"I'll be there," Sentner, who appeared via video link from the county jail, said. "Thank you."
Sentner's arrest, first reported by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, happened after he was stopped about 12:15 p.m. Sunday in a rental car for exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph (16 kph), according to the police affidavit.
The trooper found "implausible" the story Sentner relayed about his trip across the country from California.
"I observed repeated deceptive behavioral responses in response to simple questions," the officer wrote.
In addition, a check of Sentner's criminal history resulted in "extensive felony behavior," according to the affidavit.
According to New York Times stories published in the early 1970s, Sentner told federal authorities that he accidentally killed Gambino in May 1972 with a gunshot to the head in a deserted area in New Jersey. The shooting stemmed from an apparent quarrel over gambling debts and then led to an attempt by Sentner and two others to extort money from Gambino's wife.
Gambino's body was eventually recovered from a shallow grave months later.
In 1974, there was a report that Sentner had been hospitalized after being given cocoa laced with strychnine while he was federal detention for questioning in another case. Reports from Sentner's sentencing noted that his attorney voiced fear of "mob vengeance" against Sentner and requested that Sentner serve his sentence at a prison in Alabama.
Sandburg said he has no information about how many years Sentner was in prison and he doubted that there were any parole conditions still in effect for Sentner stemming from the Gambino killing.
And there's been no indication of any current mob connection involving Sentner, he said.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Wyoming had no information about Sentner's latest run in with the law, according to office spokesman Mark Trimble.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017