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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Son of Colombo family boss is slammed with five year sentence for loansharking and links to murder during mafia war

Michael Persico was slapped with a five-year prison sentence. 
The son of a mob boss will be getting an extended prison stay after a Brooklyn federal judge went beyond the sentence length that even prosecutors were seeking.

Federal guidelines said Michael Persico, the son of Colombo boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico, deserved about three years for his 2012 loansharking plea, but Judge Dora Irizarry slammed the scion Friday with a five-year sentence.

Irizarry also factored in uncharged acts, like Persico’s link to the 1993 murder of Joseph Scopo during a power struggle inside the Colombo family.

An acting Colombo capo-turned-informant said Persico helped with weapons for the hit and told him someone knew where to find Scopo.

Scopo’s murder was “part of protecting your family and your family’s role with the Colombo crime family,” Irizarry told Persico, sitting stoically in the courtroom.

Irizarry said prosecutors proved Persico’s role in the rubout by “more than a preponderance of the evidence” as well as other criminal acts, like buying and selling stolen handheld video games.

Persico had a chance to address the court before sentencing, but he chose not to.

It’ll be a family affair behind bars.

Carmine Persico, 83, is serving 139-year sentence.

Carmine Persico, 83, was convicted in the famous mid-’80s Manhattan federal “commission” trial, which convicted three of the five crime family bosses in one fell swoop. Papa Persico’s serving a 139-year-old sentence.

Persico, 60, will also join his 63-year-old brother, Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico, the onetime acting boss who’s serving a life sentence.

Persico’s friends and family submitted almost 200 letters in support. One of those missives came from Persico’s 80-year-old mother, Joyce, who wrote, “I am getting older and need my son around.”

The letters “speak volumes” about Persico’s family life, help to the community and ability to stay on the straight and narrow, said lawyer Maurice Sercarz.

Irizarry said said she didn’t doubt the sincerity of Persico’s family and friends who spoke up for him. Some wiped away tears when they heard the stiff sentence.

Still, Irizarry said she’d seen people come through the courthouse living two lives — “like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” There was the upstanding side and then there was “criminal conduct the family can’t even fathom.”

Sercarz declined to comment outside the courtroom.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Philly mob boss brags to Genovese captain its easy to kill someone in secret recording

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Killing someone is pretty easy, according to reputed Mafia boss Joey “Skinny Joey” Merlino — who offered his own personal play-by-play approach to a mob cohort in a secretly recorded conversation, the feds say.

In the 2014 recording, authorities captured the alleged Philadelphia mob boss gabbing with reputed Genovese Acting Captain Eugene “Rooster” Onofrio about how to best off someone, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

“It’s easy to kill somebody,” Merlino boasted, with Onofrio agreeing, “It’s simple,” according to the feds.

Merlino went on to explain his method: “You’re my friend, you trust me, I tell you, ‘Listen, drive me home right now,’ get you in the car, I shoot you in the f—king’ head, and it’s over with,” according to the feds.

Manhattan federal prosecutors introduced the statements in written documents to argue that Merlino and Onofrio should go to trial together come January.

Onofrio, who the feds say runs crews on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, had asked the judge to be tried separately, saying he was worried that Merlino’s reputation could “prejudice” a jury against him.

A lawyer for Merlino didn’t immediately return a request for comment. Onofrio’s lawyer declined comment.

The two men were among 46 people charged in a racketeering scheme last year that boasted arrests in four out of five major crime families.

They are two of just six defendants who continue to fight the charges.

Reputed Genovese capo Pasquale “Patsy” Parrello — of Pasquale’s Rigoletto restaurant in the Bronx — pleaded guilty to extortion charges in May.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Massive Montreal mafia drug case thrown out

A lengthy investigation into drug-trafficking networks alleged to be related to the Montreal Mafia came to a screeching halt on Monday as the last 11 men charged in Project Clemenza saw a stay of proceedings placed on the drug-smuggling charges filed against them only last year.
Included among the men who essentially saw their cases tossed out at the Montreal courthouse was Marco Pizzi, 47, a Montreal resident alleged to be an influential figure in the Montreal Mafia who was the target of an attempted murder last year. Another man who walked away free and clear of drug-smuggling and conspiracy charges was Antonio Ciavaglia 58, a Kirkland businessman who used to own a cargo company based in LaSalle. Franco Albanese, 50, another resident of Kirkland, saw a stay of proceedings placed on the four charges he faced.
Quebec Court Judge Flavia Longo agreed with the Crown’s request during a very brief hearing at the Montreal courthouse. All 11 of the men had been released on bail shortly after they were charged in May last year.
Besides having been charged with drug smuggling in Project Clemenza, police have alleged in the past that Pizzi was involved in drug trafficking in eastern Montreal. A conflict between members of a street gang and drug dealers with alleged ties to Pizzi is believed to have been what was behind an attempt on his life last summer. On Aug. 1, a car Pizzi was driving was rammed from behind by another vehicle. Two armed men got out of the vehicle, but Pizzi managed to run to safety before any shots were fired. Kevin Rochebrun, 27, an alleged street gang member, was arrested a week after the incident and was charged with assaulting Pizzi. On May 17, Rochebrun pleaded guilty to possessing firearms seized when he was arrested, but a stay of proceedings was placed on the assault charge. He was sentenced to an overall prison term of five years on the same day he entered the guilty plea.
Prosecutor Marie-Michelle Meloche told the Montreal Gazette that the decision to request the stay of proceedings in Project Clemenza on Monday was based on complicated demands from the defence involving the disclosure of all evidence gathered by the RCMP during the investigation. She said the Crown would not have been able to satisfy the requests made by the defence within a delay allowable by the courts. The drug-trafficking probe began more than six years ago, but arrests in the third and final stage of Project Clemenza were delayed until last year. The RCMP had to set aside the investigation temporarily because, while it was underway, investigators realized they had evidence of who was behind the murder of Salvatore Montagna, a Mafia leader who was killed in November 2011.
The main indictment filed in Project Clemenza last year illustrates how the investigation into cocaine smuggling intersected with the investigation into Montagna’s murder.
A conspiracy charge filed in the indictment alleges at least 26 people were involved in a conspiracy to import cocaine into Canada from Feb. 18 to Dec. 21, 2011. Included among the non-indicted alleged co-conspirators were Vittorio Mirarchi, Steven Fracas and Pietro Magistrale. All three men pleaded guilty last year to being part of the conspiracy to murder Montagna and are scheduled to be sentenced in September. Messages intercepted during Clemenza revealed that Mirarchi was working in full partnership with Raynald Desjardins while they plotted to kill Montagna. Desjardins is serving a 14-year sentence for his leading role in the murder plot.
Evidence that was placed under a publication ban up until Monday also revealed that Antonio Guido, 41, of Ottawa (one of the 11 men who saw their drug-smuggling case come to an end at the Montreal courthouse on Monday) was spotted on Nov. 26, 2011, two days after Montagna was murdered, in the company of Jack Simpson, the man who is believed to have pulled the trigger in the slaying. Guido was observed accompanying Simpson to a house on Queensbury Drive in Ottawa, where Simpson hid until his arrest a short while later. Simpson is also awaiting his sentence for conspiring to murder Montagna.
Other people listed as non-indicted co-conspirators in the cocaine-smuggling plot were Giuseppe "Closure" Colapelle, who was murdered in St-Léonard on March 1, 2012, and Tonino Callocchia, who was killed on Dec. 1, 2014, in Rivière-des-Prairies. The alleged conspiracy to import cocaine stretched from Montreal to Vancouver in Canada and cities in four other countries including Colombia.
The investigators discovered information they had related to Montagna’s murder after sorting through the hundreds of pin-to-pin messages they were intercepting on a daily basis from Blackberrys used by alleged drug traffickers. The RCMP has refused to divulge the methods they used to intercept the encrypted messages. Meloche said on Monday the same issue was a factor involved in the decision to request the stay of proceedings on Monday.
Charges filed against 35 other people arrested in Project Clemenza were dropped in March as well. But those cases involved people who were arrested a few years ago and the Crown was facing the possibility the charges would have been dropped anyway because it had taken the Crown too long to bring the cases to a trial.


FBI finds secret room after searching for runaway mobster involved in cop killing for decades

The FBI spent decades searching for a mobster wanted in a cop killing. Then they found his secret room.

When investigators picked through the tan split level house on Maplecrest Drive, a textbook suburban street in Dartmouth, Mass., 60 miles south of Boston, they found something that wasn’t supposed to be there. Inside a closet, there was a secret door. Through the door, stood a small room. In the room, they found a walking cane.

The search last year shot momentum back into the long-stalled hunt for Donald Eugene Webb. A dog-loving jewel thief with roots in New England’s mafia circles, Webb was wanted in connection with the 1980 murder of a small town Pennsylvania police chief, the longest cold case involving a slain officer in U.S. history.

Late last week, local and federal authorities were back at the Maplecrest address, a home owned by Webb’s ex-wife. This time police dug through the backyard, eventually uncovering human remains, according to the Boston Globe.

On Friday, the FBI announced the body was Webb’s. The identification puts investigators closer to understanding how Webb was able to stay hidden for nearly four decades, even while on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for a record-setting 25 years.

“For almost 37 years, the family of Chief Adams, and the citizens of Saxonburg have been awaiting news of Donald Eugene Webb’s whereabouts,” Harold H. Shaw, the head of the FBI’s Boston office, said in a statement on Friday. “Although it’s unfortunate Mr. Webb will never be brought to justice to pay for his crimes, we’re hopeful the family can find some closure in knowing that this alleged murderer has been located.”

Webb was, according his FBI wanted poster, a “career criminal and master of assumed identities.” A former butcher, car salesman, and vending machine repairman, Webb had also spent time in the Navy before being booted out with a dishonorable discharge, MassLive reported. He operated mainly as a jewel thief up and down the East Coast, part of a group of thieves known as the Fall River Gang, according to the Herald News. The outfit allegedly knocked over jewelry stores, then fenced the goods through the Patriarca crime family, the Providence, R.I.-based mafia running criminal business in the Northeast at the time.

Webb was a flashy personality, according to the FBI, known as a “lover of dogs” and as “a big tipper.” He also evidently had a sense of humor: his own name — “Don” — was tattooed onto the web of his right hand. DonWebb — get it?

Investigators have long-speculated Webb was casing potential heist targets when he was piloting a white Mercury Cougar through Saxonburg, Pa. on December 4, 1980. Around 3 p.m., Webb was pulled over in the small town northeast of Pittsburgh by Gregory Adams, the town’s police chief.

Although he was only 31 at the time, with a wife and two sons at home both under two-years old, Adams was actually in Saxonburg to avoid the kind of threat Webb represented. Raised in western Pennsylvania, Adams had worked a police officer in Washington D.C. until the murder of his partner during a traffic stop pushed him to swap urban crime fighting for small town police work in 1973, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

When Adams encountered Webb in Saxonburg, the hustler had an open arrest warrant in New York for attempted burglary. Whatever prompted the encounter, at some point the men struggled in the parking lot of a store. Adams was badly pistol-whipped over the face. He was then shot with his own revolver twice in the chest. A nearby resident reported hearing gunfire from two weapons. Two blood types were found at the scene. Adams died while an ambulance rushed him to a hospital. Investigators later determined the police chief and suspect had fired at one another. The shooter left behind a .25 handgun and had also ripped the radio out of Adams’ patrol car before fleeing.

It didn’t take long for police suspicion to lasso around Webb. At the scene of the shooting, investigators discovered a fake driver’s license bearing the name Stanley Portas — a dead man, specifically the deceased first husband of Webb’s then-wife. Blood at the scene matched Webb’s type. A white Mercury Cougar was discovered in the parking lot of a Rhode Island motel two weeks after Adams’ murder. Blood matching Webb’s was in the car and “indicated he had been shot in the leg,” the Post-Gazette reported.

Within weeks, an arrest warrant for Webb was issued in connection with Adams’s murder, and the alleged killer was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list. Eventually, the reward money for information on Webb rose to $100,000.

But the case remained static until earlier this year. In April, Adams’ widow, Mary Ann Jones, received a phone call from the FBI. “It was the first time I had heard from the FBI in a long while,” she told the Post-Gazette. In the call, an FBI agent informed Jones investigators had searched Lillian Webb’s home in 2016 in Dartmouth and they had found something interesting: a secret room that locked from the inside, and a cane.

“He told me they found a secret room and there was a cane in that secret room,” Jones told the paper. “Since Greg had shot in the leg, it all made sense. They must have built that room for Donald Webb to hide him there. It all adds up.”

In a statement, the FBI said they learned that Webb died in 1999.

The FBI, however, wouldn’t go into specifics with Jones about why they had searched the house or the next move. The agent did mention he felt the secret room was not part of the original construction, and in late June the Post-Gazette confirmed with the local planning department that there were “no indications in municipal records that anyone secured a building permit to add on legally to the house.”

Jones didn’t wait for the answers to come to her: instead, she filed a lawsuit in June against Donald Webb, his wife Lillian, and the couple’s son charging wrongful death and conspiracy.

Lillian Webb declined to talk to reporters when news of the lawsuit broke last month, and she also has not publicly commented on the body’s discovery. It remains unclear how Webb’s remains impact that legal situation, but it does seem like criminal charges are not in the offing for the dead cop alleged killer’s family.

On Friday, after Webb was identified, the Boston Globe reported Webb’s wife received immunity in exchange for her cooperation. The Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s office also told the paper the search of the property was also part of an ongoing illegal gambling investigation.

Chief Adams’ widow, however, remained adamant the people who hid Webb for all those years should bear responsibility. “She aided and abetted a man that was wanted for murder,” a man that was wanted for murder,” Jones told the Globe. “Seriously, bury a body in your backyard? It’s still so incredible.”

There was some muted satisfaction in the small town that lost its chief. “The biggest question in the history of Saxonburg has been answered,” said the current chief Joseph Beachem. “While the hurt will continue, at least doubt about what happened that day has been eliminated.”


Monday, July 17, 2017

Longtime Patriarca crime family member dead at 76

Scivola, of Johnston, completed his last stint in prison in January 2015, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, for his role in a large-scale racketeering scheme involving several strip clubs in Providence.
Alfred “Chippy” Scivola, a longtime organized crime figure who was in and out of jail for much of his adult life, has died.
Scivola, 76, of Johnston, died July 14 at Rhode Island Hospital, according to his obituary.
He completed his last stint in prison in January 2015, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, for his role in a large-scale racketeering scheme involving several strip clubs in Providence. At the time, prosecutors said Scivola had been extorting “protection payments” from strip club owners since the mid-1980s.
Scivola was also sent to prison for two years in 2005 for attempted extortion of a strip club owner in Stamford, Conn. In 1983, he was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving a truckload of La-Z-Boy recliners.
He reportedly suffered from respiratory problems, diabetes and heart disease.
Scivola is also the former owner of a private social club on Atwells Avenue. In 1998, state police raided the club and arrested Scivola on bookmaking charges. At the time, law enforcement described him as a “made member of the Patriarca crime family ... who accepts illegal wagers at his social club on a daily basis.”
His obituary describes him as “the cherished grandfather of six and great-grandfather of one.”
Scivola is survived by his wife, Loretta Scivola; three children, Alfred Scivola, Anthony Scivola and Lisa Balastracci; and three step-children, Mark A. Pezza, Lisa R. Pezza and Robin A. Rocha, according to his obituary.
A funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Ghost Church in Providence.


NYC health department investigates former Gambino enforcer's secret animal shelter

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He's in the doghouse now.
As the city health department investigated his secret animal shelter, former mob enforcer James Guiliani defended himself as nothing more than a friend to the feathered and furry.
Health department staff showed up Monday at the pet store that Guiliani co-owns, asking questions and taking pictures, according to staff.
"I'm not robbing banks," said Guiliani, a 50-year-old one-time member of the Gambino family. "I'm saving animals."
In addition to his above-board pet store, the Diamond Collar, Guiliani runs a clandestine kennel in Bensonhurst, called Keno's Animal Sanctuary. It's home to 52 critters including lizards, tortoises, birds, squirrels, possums, and raccoons, plus cats and dogs.
The secret shelter is a passion project for Guiliani, occupying 18 hours a day. He said he has worked on it every day for more than three years and slept only three hours a night.
But by harboring beasts and fowl, Guiliani has been running afoul of the law. His operation violates city regulations.
A spokesperson for the city Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday that raccoons, squirrels and possums fall under the agency's purview. Both the DEC and the health department were looking into the secret shelter.
Nick Perrelli, 24, who works at Diamond Collar, said health department investigators stopped by Monday morning.
James Giuliani owns The Diamond Collar pet store (pictured) as well as an animal shelter in Bensonhurst. 
James Giuliani owns The Diamond Collar pet store (pictured) as well as an animal shelter in Bensonhurst.
"They were definitely nice. But they were looking for something. That's for sure. They wanted to know if they could go in the basement or upstairs," he said.
"They took pictures of every dog. They wanted to know the ages, the sizes."
Perrelli said the pet store has been subsidizing Keno's Animal Sanctuary. "All the money we make at Diamond Collar goes back into Keno's for food for the animals and to restock the food on the shelves at Diamond Collar. At one point, me and James and Lena were eating pasta with cheese while the dogs were eating filet mignon."
Near the shelter Monday, Guiliani, a cigarette dangling from his lips, shook hands with neighbors who hailed him as the "dogfather."
"I don't feel that saving a life in any which way can be considered illegal," the former mobster protested. "How can you tell me not to save something that God put on this earth to flourish?
"They euthanize the animals. Everything is hypocritical," he said. "They bring the National Guard to save a Bald Eagle. But for raccoons, squirrels and possums that are dying in the street and we're just supposed to leave them."
"I'm not taking them from the woods," Guiliani said. "I'm taking them from back alleys back to the woods. What's wrong with that?"


Former Gambino enforcer now runs a secret animal shelter

Animal rescuer James Guiliani’s bite is worse than his bark — at least it used to be.
The one-time Gambino family enforcer swore off the mob life long ago to instead save the lives of Brooklyn’s animal population in his secret shelter deep in the heart of Bensonhurst.
“Back in the day I would’ve killed someone,” Guiliani tells a visitor inside the perpetually hectic world of Keno’s Animal Sanctuary. “Now I enjoy life. I enjoy being alive.”
And yet Guiliani, aka “Dogfella,” hasn’t gone entirely straight. By taking in wildlife at his operation, he’s violating city regulations.
The current population is 52 critters, and not just cats and dogs. Lizards, tortoises, birds, squirrels, possums and raccoons fill out the roster. (The last three are on the city list of animals that are illegal to keep as pets.)
He’s also rescued a smattering of pigs. Some escaped from local butchers with their necks half cut.
James Guiliani interacts with dogs at Keno's Animal Sanctuary in Bensonhurst on Friday. 
James Guiliani interacts with dogs at Keno's Animal Sanctuary in Bensonhurst on Friday.
Guiliani, 50, sees his job as a calling that he cannot ignore, like the oath taken by a Mafia made man.
“When I got into this, I didn’t want to do it at all,” he admits. “Who the f--k wants to do this? Would I rather be at the beach in Puerto Rico? Of course. But I gotta do this.”
Guiliani is proud of the scars on his face and his hands, each one evidence of his rescue efforts since 2013. He boasts that his last day off came 1,160 days ago, making him the Cal Ripken Jr. of animal rescue.
He sleeps three hours a night. He walks his dogs in the middle of the night. He works 18 hours a day. He always leaves his car trunk open.
James Guiliani holds a pair of raccoons. 
James Guiliani holds a pair of raccoons.
He might be crazy.
“I have an addictive personality,” Guiliani says.
Dogs arrive in NY after they were saved from slaughter in Korea
“But now I have an addictive personality toward my passion. You gotta find something in your life. You gotta love it. If I don’t do this, nobody will.”
Bensonhurst served as a breeding ground for generations of gangsters, from boss Carlo Gambino to infamous informant Salvatore "Sammy Bull"Gravano to remorseless mob killer Greg "The Grim Reaper" Scarpa.
Guiliani now walks the same streets looking to help, not harm — a far cry from the days when he was busted for conspiracy to commit hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery.
Turtles are among animals under the care of James Guiliani, a former mob enforcer. He now runs an animal shelter in Brooklyn. “Back in the day I would’ve killed someone,” Guiliani said. 
Turtles are among animals under the care of James Guiliani, a former mob enforcer. He now runs an animal shelter in Brooklyn. “Back in the day I would’ve killed someone,” Guiliani said.
There’s an unavoidable parallel between Guiliani and his animal clientele. Like his pit bulls, he is stocky, strong and dangerous.
Guiliani recalls the days when he would rob, steal, fight, snort cocaine, drink and go out on 96-hour benders.
“Maybe I see my animals like me, grew up and never had a chance,” reflects Guiliani, who says he downed his last drink 14 years ago. “Maybe that’s why I do it.”
His current drinks of choice: espressos (15 cups a day) and water (20 bottles a day). The caffeine helps keep him going.
“I rescue, no joke, 60 to 100 raccoons a year,” he declares. “About 30 to 60 possums.”
The rescued wildlife find refuge in the sanctuary basement, one floor down from the dogs wandering free upstairs.

The possums and squirrels are kept in cages. The raccoons are kept in cages with the locks taped over, because they can use their tiny hands to unhinge the locks.
One of Guiliani’s raccoons, Gino, is now a fully grown adult and ready to taste freedom in the wilds of upstate New York or New Jersey.
Guiliani co-owns Diamond Collar, a grooming salon and pet store in Brooklyn that was featured in a reality show of the same name on Oprah Winfrey’s TV network OWN beginning in 2013.

One of Guiliani's furry pals interacts with the former mob enforcer on Friday. 
One of Guiliani's furry pals interacts with the former mob enforcer on Friday.
Unimpressed city officials said they planned to investigate the animal sanctuary.
“The Health Department regulates shelters to ensure animal safety,” said a spokesman for the department. “We will look into this.”
Dr. Salvatore Pernice, 54, serves as the veterinarian for Keno’s animals. He is Guiliani’s polar opposite: calm, short, slow and deliberate with his choice of words.
James Guiliani talks passionately about his shelter Keno's Animal Sanctuary in Bensonhurst on Friday. 
James Guiliani talks passionately about his shelter Keno's Animal Sanctuary in Bensonhurst on Friday.
“James is an extremist, but sincere,” explains Pernice. “He’s honest, dedicated, loud, opinionated. His is a story of redemption — what he did then and what he does now.”
A plain white mug with black lettering sits in the sanctuary bathroom, offering a question: “Who Rescued Who?” Nobody knows the answer better than Guiliani.
“I want to make a difference,” he explains. “I want to leave a legacy.”


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bonanno mobster Skinny Santoro denied parole

An alleged Staten Island mobster with ties to the Bonanno crime family was denied parole earlier this month, according to a law enforcement source.
Anthony "Skinny" Santoro, who recently pleaded guilty to attempted enterprise corruption, is next eligible for parole in December 2018, said the source.
In April, the Great Kills man was sentenced to four to eight years in prison, but since he has been incarcerated since his July 2013 arrest, he became eligible for parole on July 3.
As part of his plea, he has also waived an appeal and will pay approximately $45,900 in forfeiture.
"I did what I did. I took responsibility for what I did," Santoro told the judge during his sentencing April in Manhattan Supreme Court. "I want to get on with my life, what's left of it."
Santoro and his co-defendants -- Vito Badamo, Nicholas Santora and Ernest Aiello -- were accused of enterprise corruption, including loansharking, gambling and drug dealing, after authorities reportedly busted an alleged Bonanno nine-man crew in July 2013.
The quartet was also charged with attempted grand larceny in the second degree, while Santoro, Badamo and Santora were facing an additional charge of first-degree criminal usury.
Badamo and Aiello have also pleaded guilty, while Santora's case is still pending, according to the source. He is due back in court Sept. 15.
The defendants were on trial for three months in Manhattan Supreme Court last year, but it ended in a mistrial due to juror dissonance.
After one of the jurors was dismissed from the panel and another asked off the panel before Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer declared a mistrial.
Prosecutors said Santoro was a key player in the Bonanno family's gambling operation, allegedly setting the prices for drugs and deciding on opening and freezing gambling accounts.
The bulk of the state's case against him was the information intercepted from a series of wiretap calls, which implicate him using mob slang referring to illegal drug and gambling activities.
Santoro still has a pending federal case after pleading guilty to operating an illegal gambling business as part of a local Bonanno crime crew in Connecticut. In 2013, he was sentenced to eight months and arrested in the Manhattan case before he could serve that time.


Queens man admits to robbing bank with help from John Gotti's grandson

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Michael Guidici robbed Maspeth Federal Savings and Loan Association in 2012.
A Queens man admitted in Brooklyn Federal Court Friday to sticking up a bank five years ago — with the help of John Gotti’s grandson.
According to prosecutors, Michael Guidici walked into Maspeth Federal Savings and Loan in April 2012 and handed over a note saying “I have a bomb.”
He made off with almost $6,000, leaving the scene in a getaway car driven by John J. Gotti, the grandson of the late Gambino crime boss. The teller was Gotti’s girlfriend, according to court papers.
He admitted to the crime in Brooklyn Federal Court Friday. 
He admitted to the crime in Brooklyn Federal Court Friday.
The bank robbery is contained in the same indictment that charged longtime Bonanno wiseguy Vinny Asaro with ordering the torching of a car that cut into his traffic lane.
Gotti and another man in the bank heist getaway car, Matthew "Fat Matt" Rullan, were also charged in the arson, which happened about two weeks before the bank robbery.
John J. Gotti, grandson of the late mob boss John Gotti, helped Guidici pull off the heist. 
John J. Gotti, grandson of the late mob boss John Gotti, helped Guidici pull off the heist.
Federal sentencing recommendations say Guidici, 22, could get three years — but prosecutors say they won’t fight a defense bid for a sentence below the guidelines.
Last month, Asaro, a capo in the Bonanno crime family, pleaded guilty to ordering the 2012 arson. At the same time, Gotti and Rullan turned in their own guilty pleas, saying they were involved in the arson and robbery.


Federal court reinstates case against author who claimed inmate was an informant

A week after dismissing the case of a convicted murderer who said he was defamed by the author of a book on the late mob boss Russell Bufalino of Kingston, a federal court reinstated it, saying the fee to hear the appeal had been paid on time.
The order, filed June 19 in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said the dismissal June 12 was issued in error after Louis Coviello disputed it with confirmation of his $505 payment by credit card a month earlier.
Coviello, 60, a football star at Dunmore High in the early 1970s, is serving a life sentence at the State Correctional Institution Mahanoy in Schuylkill County and representing himself.
In March 2015, Coviello sued author Matt Birkbeck, the Berkley Publishing Group and the Penguin Group for $1 million, alleging passages in the book, “The Quiet Don,” falsely stated he confessed to killing a witness against a reputed mobster by placing a pillow over his head while he lay in a hospital bed in Scranton. Coviello also denied accounts in the book that he cooperated with authorities investigating alleged mob ties of Dunmore businessman and family friend Louis DeNaples.
Coviello added he has been labeled an informant and targeted for attacks from other inmates because of the book.
Arguing against the alleged false passages, Coviello provided a declaration last year saying Birkbeck tried to broker a deal that offered freedom in exchange for information about DeNaples. Coviello alleged Birkbeck was acting on behalf of federal and state law enforcement authorities who owed the author for assisting them with their investigations of the Bufalino crime family in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
There was a connection between Coviello and DeNaples. After a hung jury trial in 1977, Coviello’s father Joseph and DeNaples pleaded no contest to defrauding the federal government during the cleanup of Tropical Storm Agnes. They received a sentence of probation. However, four other men, including a member of the Bufalino crime family, were later convicted for their roles in bribing a juror during the trial.
But the lower court found no basis for Coviello’s conspiracy allegations. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Schwab of Harrisburg recommended that Coviello’s case be dismissed. U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane accepted Schwab’s recommendation and granted the defendants’ request to have the case thrown out.
Coviello is in prison for his conviction in the 1978 killing of Dominic Coriniti during a drug deal. While housed at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh in 1983, Coviello and another inmate took two corrections officers hostage during a failed escape attempt and released them after approximately six days.


Feds want information from attorney who represented Lucchese associate linked to Scarfo Jr

The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office asked Monday for the federal court to direct a convicted mobster’s former lawyer, who has himself been convicted of money laundering, to answer questions after his former client claimed on appeal the lawyer had a conflict of interest while representing him.
J. Michael Farrell should be directed to answer federal prosecutors’ questions regarding his representation of Salvatore Pelullo, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay $14 million in restitution in 2015, after Pelullo claimed on appeal that Farrell didn’t give him good counsel because he knew he knew that he was also under investigation, according to Monday's motion.

Farrell, whose law license was suspended after his conviction, had previously declined to answer questions on the subject due to attorney client privilege, but told prosecutors he would comply if ordered by the court.

Farrell represented Pelullo after he was indicted on racketeering and fraud charges in connection with an alleged extortion scheme by the Lucchese crime family. Prosecutors alleged that Pelullo and 11 others, including Nicodemo “Nicky” Scarfo Jr., son of convicted Philadelphia crime boss Nicodemo D. “Little Nicky” Scarfo Sr., pushed out the legitimate leadership of a Texas-based company and used an array of tactics to steal $12 million from shareholders.

Pelullo and Scarfo were both convicted and given identical sentences of 30 years with five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $14 million each in restitution.

Pelullo appealed to the Third Circuit, where his appeal was consolidated with the appeals of three other convicted co-defendants, including Scarfo. In a motion to remand his case back to the district court to be tried again, Pelullo claimed that he had only recently learned that his attorney, Farrell, had been under investigation while representing him.

Farrell represented Pelullo before and after trial alongside Troy A. Archie, who continues to represent Pelullo.

“It is undisputed that during Mr. Pelullo's trial, Mr. Farrell became aware that he was first a subject and then a target of a federal criminal investigation,” Pelullo wrote in his motion to remand.

And during this time period, “Mr. Archie observed that Mr. Farrell was having trouble with both focus and memory. Mr. Archie had to help Mr. Farrell with multiple tasks and government and defense witness preparation,” Pelullo's motion said.

Farrell was indicted in October 2015 and convicted in February 2017 of laundering money for a Baltimore-area crime family. According to prosecutors, Farrell  deposited thousands of dollars in cash from the ring’s drug sales into his commercial accounts, and said he had received the money as fees from non-existent clients. His sentencing is scheduled for July.

The government opposed Pelullo’s argument that Farrell’s alleged conflict of interest should send the case back to the lower court, arguing that the question shouldn’t come before the Third Circuit before the district court has had a chance to consider it. But Pelullo contends that the conflict of interest question should be considered by the appellate court.

In asking the lower court to direct Farrell to answer the government’s questions about his representation of Pelullo, including disclosing privileged information, prosecutors argued that Pelullo had waived his right to attorney-client privilege when he accused Farrell of falling down on the job. Citing case law, prosecutors said any information relating to Pelullo’s claims that Farrell misrepresented him was now fair game.

Prosecutors also noted that time was a factor in their request, since Farrell was facing a potentially lengthy prison stay after his sentencing in July.

“If the district court judge in Maryland imposes a prison sentence and orders him to surrender pending any appeal, Mr. Farrell will be unable to meet with agents of the government outside of a custodial institution,” the government said.

The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office and counsel for Farrell declined to comment Tuesday.

Counsel for Pelullo did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment.

Pelullo is represented by  Troy A. Archie of the Law Offices of Afonso Baker & Archie PC.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Norman Gross and Howard Wiener.

Farrell is represented by Barry Coburn, Marc Eisenstein and Peggy Bennett of Coburn & Greenbaum PLLC.

The case is U.S. v. Scarfo et al., case number 1:11-cr-00740, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Donald Trump Jr hires mafia lawyer

Donald Trump Jr., under scrutiny amid revelations that he met last year with a Russian lawyer, has hired a New York criminal defense attorney with a practice that’s included high-profile organized crime and cybercrime cases.
Alan Futerfas runs a small law firm in New York that focuses on white-collar investigations and prosecutions. Futerfas confirmed that he is representing Donald Trump Jr. to BuzzFeed News by email after Reuters reported the news.
In hiring Futerfas, Donald Trump Jr. has followed his father in tapping an attorney outside the cadre of white-collar defense attorneys based in Washington, DC, who frequently represent people involved in political controversies. Earlier this year, President Trump hired Marc Kasowitz — a New York attorney with little white-collar defense experience — to represent him in connection with Department of Justice and congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Unlike Kasowitz, however, Futerfas’s practice is steeped in high-profile white-collar matters, as well as the occasional political controversy. News archives show that Futerfas has long represented clients with alleged ties to organized crime, including alleged members of the Bonanno, Gambino, Genovese, and Colombo crime families. Last year, he represented the son of a New York pizzeria owner who was found guilty of drug-related charges in a case that stemmed from an investigation into drug trafficking by the Italian mafia.
Futerfas has also handled several cybercrime cases. His clients have included a Russian man who created computer malware and rented it out to criminals to rob banks, and an Israeli man who was one of several defendants charged in a massive hack of consumer data from JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions.
According to Futerfas’s law-firm website, he graduated from the Juilliard School and plays bass trombone. He was once a member of an orchestra comprised of New York lawyers.
Representatives of the Trump Organization did not return requests for comment on Monday.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Donald Trump Jr. met last summer with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who had been working to change US policy, after he was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Asked about the meeting by the Times, Donald Trump Jr. initially said that it was mostly about adoption policies — but when presented with new information, he said that the Russian lawyer claimed to have information connecting Russia to Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
“Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” Trump Jr. said in a statement.


Joe Pesci set to rejoin Robert DeNiro in new mafia movie

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The notion of a mafia movie starring Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino under the direction of legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese seems like a genre dream team and that is exactly what the hitman drama The Irishman is turning out to be.
The possibility of Pesci reuniting with De Niro and Scorsese on the latter’s long-developing passion project The Irishman first arose earlier this year, and now all three are reportedly confirmed for the film, with Pacino in final negotiations for a role. Netflix acquired the rights to finance and distribute the film in 2017 and will give it a theatrical run of some sort to qualify the film for the Academy Awards.
According to Deadline, Scorsese’s film pulled Pesci out of retirement but he was not an easy sell. The actor who won an Academy Award for his supporting role alongside De Niro in 1990’s Goodfellas reportedly turned down the role around 50 times before finally relenting. Pesci is expected to portray Russell Bufalino, a Mafia boss suspected of having a role in the infamous disappearance of labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa in July 1975.
The Irishman is based on the novel I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, who served as the lawyer for notorious Irish hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. The story supposedly tells the true story of Hoffa’s disappearance, based on Sheeran’s deathbed confession. Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, American Gangster) is writing the screenplay for the film.
De Niro is attached to play Sheeran in the film, with Pacino in talks to play Hoffa.
If all the deals are finalized as expected, The Irishman will be Pesci’s fourth project with Scorsese — following Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino — and his seventh project with De Niro. It will also be his first onscreen role in a feature-length film since 2010’s Love Ranch. If Pacino’s deal is finalized, it will be the actor’s first project with Scorsese.
Also reported to be circling roles in the film are Harvey Keitel (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver) and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire). Keitel, who worked with Scorsese on multiple projects in the past, is expected to take on the role of Philly crime boss Angelo Bruno, while Cannavale is in talks to play “Crazy Joe” Gallo of New York’s Colombo crime family.
Filming on The Irishman is expected to begin in July in and around New York City and continue through December.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Gambino crime family was hired to protect reggae legend Bob Marley in NYC

UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 01:  Photo of Bob MARLEY; Bob Marley performing live on stage at the Brighton Leisure Centre,  (Photo by Mike Prior/Redferns) In 1980, when Bob Marley performed over two triumphant nights at Madison Square Garden, he shared the stage with soldiers from the Gambino crime family.
The reggae legend, who still carried a failed assassin’s bullet in his arm, hired the mobsters as protection against hit squads from his native Jamaica.
The dreadlocked icon’s dire security measures are revealed in a new book, “So Much Things to Say,” an oral history compiled by dedicated Marley historian Roger Steffens.
That September, Bob Marley & the Wailers brought the hugely successful “Uprising” tour to New York for its penultimate stop.
The tour had made Marley a superstar, even though the headliners were the hit-making Commodores with lead vocalist Lionel Richie. But Marley had other non-musical concerns, and he took charge of those matters himself. He was seen with Vivian Blake, head of the notoriously violent Shower Posse gang, said to be responsible for more than 1,400 murders.
He settled instead on the Gambino family, making arrangements with the late Joe "Piney" Armone at the not-yet-legendary Sparks Steak House. Five years later, family boss Paul Castellano was whacked on the street outside.
Marley’s Garden concerts were such blazing events that much of the crowd departed when the Wailers did, leaving the Commodores to play for a far less than full house.
The next day, Marley learned the killer was actually inside him. Jogging to a soccer scrimmage in Central Park, he suffered a seizure. The treatment he’d previously undergone for melanoma had failed. The cancer was back — with no hope of recovery.
Marley’s fear of a bullet was more than justified. A would-be killer had already come for him once.
"So Much Things Left to Say" is an oral history compiled by Marley historian Roger Steffens.
In 1976, a wildly anticipated Wailers concert in Kingston, Jamaica, was overtaken by near-lethal political controversy.
An election was in the offing, rancorously pitting the People’s National Party (PNP) against the Jamaican Labor Party (JLP). Marley was seen as falling into the PNP camp — not necessarily a safe place.
On Dec. 3, two days before the concert, everyone was holed up at Tuff Gong house, a sprawling old tropical mansion colonized by Marley as a musicians’ hang.
Suddenly, two white Datsuns barreled through the iron gates into a concrete yard mysteriously emptied of guards. Bob’s wife Rita was the first victim, shot in the head as she was leaving.
Marley, taking a break during a rehearsal of “I Shot the Sheriff,” had wandered off to the kitchen. The Wailers saw only a hand holding a .38 come around the door moments before the gunmen destroyed the room in a storm of bullets.
Marley supposedly made arrangements with the late mobster Joe "Piney" Armone at the not-yet-legendary Sparks Steak House.
The band cowered in the bathtub, waiting to be finished off as the rampage spread throughout the rooms.
Marley was cornered with manager Don Taylor and guitarist Don Kinsey. They had nowhere to hide from the barrage of automatic gunfire.
“The firepower these guys apparently brought was immense,” says Jeff Walker, the publicist who showed up shortly after the shooting. “There were bullet holes everywhere.”
Taylor later claimed he saved Marley’s life by intentionally stepping in front of him. Others dispute the Trench Town hustler’s heroism, but his falling body may have provided some cover.
Marley was hit in the arm and the chest, but neither injury was life-threatening. When the gunfire quieted, Rita was bleeding from the head but still walking and talking, shouting for Bob.
“Shhhh!” hissed Marley. Who knew if the assault was over?
Bob Marley performs in New York on Jan. 1, 1980.
Bob Marley performs in New York on Jan. 1, 1980.
Hours later, a documentary film crew hired to record the event touched down in Kingston. Carl Colby, son of former CIA director William Colby, was part of the the team.
By then, Marley was secluded in an isolated estate high in the Jamaican mountains. As the crew approached the house, Colby remembers seeing men with machetes dropping from the trees.
The reggae king was wavering until the last moment as to whether he’d take the stage. Colby says Marley didn’t make his move until a plainclothes police officer coldly said he had no choice but to play.
The waiting crowd had swollen to more than 10,000. If Marley bailed, there would be “a situation.”
Onstage, Colby recalls Marley ripping off his shirt and shouting: “They shot me here and they shot me here and they grazed me here. But they can’t stop me.”
Marley broke out into a dance.
Colby was outraged to learn decades later his name had frequently surfaced in the swirl of theories after the shooting. He’d firmly turned his back on the covert life.
Other fingers pointed to Taylor, who had a ruinous gambling habit, as the intended target. The Wailers’ personal manager, Allan "Skill" Cole, was also a possibility. Rumor had it that he’d fixed a horse race.
But one of the shooters, identified by several witnesses, was Jim Brown, a notorious JLP enforcer.
“A longtime bad man,” as one of Marley’s crowd puts it.
Steffens concludes the “forces of the JLP came together to kill Bob Marley,” but notes there’s no evidence that leader Edward Seaga was aware of the plot.
Bob Marley in the hospital after he was shot in 1976.
Bob Marley in the hospital after he was shot in 1976.
Marley never stopped wondering. Keyboardist Pablove Black said afterward that any sound outside could send Marley into a dark funk.
“Him a jovial man,” Black recalled. “But ever now and then you see him get back like him think to himself, ‘Who the bloodclatt do that?’”
Marley left his home for London and his beautiful girlfriend Cindy Breakspeare, the newly-crowned crowned Miss World. The release of “Exodus” and the biggest reggae tour in history were in the offing.
When the 1977 shows reached Paris, a French journalist stepped on Marley’s toe during a soccer match. He’d had an injured toe for a couple of years, but the spikes caused new damage.
Still, the physician who saw Marley bandaged him up and sent him off limping. It wasn’t until the end of the tour that he was diagnosed with melanoma in London.
Marley was told the toe would need to be amputated. The reggae superstar not only introduced the world to new rhythms, he’d shown it how to move to them, too. Now his sense of balance would be lost.
He opted for a graft and immunotherapy, then a new form of treatment. Breakspeare says the toe healed beautifully, and Marley believed he was completely healed in every respect.
He was wrong. And so the cancer soon spread freely throughout his body.
Rita Marley and her two sons, Ziggy (left) and Stephen (right), attend Marley's funeral in Kingston, Jamaica in 1981.
The Sunday after the last show of the “Uprising” tour, Marley collapsed in Central Park. Doctors at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center told him there was no hope of recovery.
After futilely seeking a cure at a controversial Bavarian clinic, Marley flew home to his family in Miami. Breakspeare brought their son, Damian, to see his father one day before the 36-year-old Marley died, May 11, 1981.
Marley’s death gave birth to a growing legend. That Marley is fifth on the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities is one indication. That more than 500 books have been written about him is another.
But the best is this: Marley brought reggae to the world, and the world is still listening.


Authorities look to guest list at mobster's wedding for clues about his murder

The guest list of gangland figures attending Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano’s 2012 wedding casts doubt on a prevailing theory of why he was killed and why his brother’s house was sprayed with bullets.

Invited to Musitano’s wedding — held five years to the day before his funeral — were criminals widely thought to be his enemies and few popularly seen as his allies.

Musitano was shot in his pickup truck in the driveway of his house in Hamilton’s suburb of Waterdown on May 2. On June 27, the Hamilton home of his older brother, Pasquale “Pat” Musitano, was repeated shot at with bullets, piercing windows but not injuring anyone. Pat Musitano is the reputed head of the Musitano crime family, a position inherited after the death of his father.

Both attacks remain unsolved.

An appealing theory quickly emerged based on an important distinction in traditional Italian Mafia groups between mobsters with roots in the Calabria region and those with roots in Sicily.
Pat Musitano

The two areas, though geographically close, spawned their own organized crime structure: the Sicilian crime families of Cosa Nostra and the Calabrian crime families of the ’Ndrangheta. Both organizations spread to Canada and other countries to become global crime superpowers. Members have variously cooperated and competed but typically remain distrustful, even disdainful, of the other.

The Sicilian/Calabrian distinction has been one of the major drivers of Canada’s mob history.

In the 1990s when Vito Rizzuto, the Sicilian Mafia boss from Montreal, expanded into Ontario, a stronghold for Calabrian mob clans, it was surprising to hear an important ally was the Musitano crime family, originally from Calabria but based in Hamilton.

Rizzuto’s expansion was boosted by the 1997 murder of veteran Ontario Mafia boss John Papalia, of Hamilton, known as “Johnny Pops” or “The Enforcer.” The hitman who shot Papalia testified he did it at the request of the Musitano family.

The Rizzuto family’s power did not hold. Vito Rizzuto was imprisoned in the United States in 2006 and his youngest son, father, and brother-in-law were killed. Rizzuto himself died of natural causes in 2013, and his clan’s power waned.

The attacks on the Musitanos brought that history to the forefront.

Angelo Musitano’s slaying happened 20 years to the month after Papalia was killed. The timing sparked a theory that, with the protection from Rizzuto’s Sicilian organization evaporating, Calabrian traditionalists in Ontario are taking cold revenge. And it could be that.

However, the gangland guests seen enjoying the hospitality at Musitano’s wedding were thick with Calabrian traditionalists and allies of the Papalia organization.

According to a government intelligence report compiling police information on Mafia activity in the Toronto area, written in 2014 and obtained by the National Post, police were secretly watching Musitano’s Hamilton wedding.

Among the family, friends, neighbours and business associates of the close-knit family were several Mafia figures, the report says — most of them with ties to the ’Ndrangheta clans of Toronto and Calabrian mobsters.

According to the report, guests included:

• Cosimo Commisso, a long-alleged senior Mafia boss and influential figure within the ’Ndrangheta in Toronto. Commisso has a serious but dated criminal record, including conspiring to murder two Sicilian mobsters in Toronto;

• Domenic Violi, whose father was Paolo Violi, who was the powerful Calabrian boss of Montreal’s Mafia until he was murdered in 1978 by members of the Rizzuto crime family who then seized control of Montreal’s underworld;

• Domenico Figliomeni, son-in-law of Vincenzo “Jimmy” DeMaria, an powerful criminal from Calabria frequently named as one of Toronto’s most influential ’Ndrangheta bosses. The report says Figliomeni often acts as an “intermediary” for DeMaria, attending meetings on his behalf because parole conditions preclude DeMaria from associating with people involved in crime. (DeMaria is on lifetime parole for a 1981 murder over an unpaid debt.)

• Natale Luppino, a son of Giacomo Luppino, the grand old Mafia don from Calabria who settled in Hamilton and ran a powerful crime family. Papalia was closely aligned with the Luppinos;

• Two other members of the Violi and Luppino families.

Some of these men, or other members of organizations they have been linked with, are among those seen as most infringed or aggrieved by the Rizzutos’ incursion into Ontario or the attack on Papalia and the old underworld order.

Not on the partial wedding guest list are prominent mobsters aligned with the Sicilian faction or the Rizzutos — with one exception.

Seen by police at the wedding, the report says, was Giuseppe “Big Joe” Cuntrera, named as a leading member of the Caruana-Cuntrera clan, a significant Sicilian Mafia group allied with the Rizzutos. Cuntrera, based in Toronto, has had close business ties with senior Calabrian gangsters, authorities say.

Some of those at the wedding have had troubles of their own that are eerily similar to the Musitanos’ problems.

A Toronto-area bakery that Cuntrera frequently hung out in was recently firebombed and his house, like Pat Musitano’s, was recently peppered with bullets, according to a source.

Another wedding attendee was Antonio Sergi, a Toronto gangster known as “Tony Large.” Sergi was a big player in the medical marijuana business, including a controversial urban pot farm in Hamilton, until April when he, like Angelo Musitano, was shot dead in his driveway.

In the underworld, analyzing the meaning behind social patterns is fraught with difficulty, however. Underworld feuds and relationships are notoriously complicated.

“These guys will be doing business with someone this week and then kill them the next,” said a source with close knowledge of the underworld. “It’s crazy.”


Massive mansion linked to Colombo mobster remains unsold

Once the most expensive listing in Brooklyn with an asking price of $30 million in 2013, this taste of Miami on Jamaica Bay is trying one more time. The waterfront rapper-ready house is now asking $18 million, according to Curbed.
The 10-bedroom property is located at 2458 National Drive in Mill Basin in a gated compound. It comes with a storied past and more than 23,000 square feet of interior space. The main house was originally built and owned by John Rosatti, a multimillionaire with connections to the Colombo crime family. He then sold the property to Russian heiress Galina Anisimova (known as the mother of the “Russian Paris Hilton“) for $3 million in the late ’90s.
2458 National Drive in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, listed for $30 million

Outside, the mansion has a 1,000-square-foot pool, a 40-person pavilion and 30,000 square feet of outdoor gardens. The main house boasts a downstairs wine cellar, 257 feet of waterfront, a four-car garage, and a two-boat marina.
Brett Miles and Andrew Azoulay of Douglas Elliman have the listing.


Gambino family soldier sells Chelsea property for $20M

A former associate of the Gambino crime family who was convicted of inflating trash collecting costs in New York City 20 years ago has sold the Chelsea property where he ran his garbage-hauling business.
Joseph Francolino Sr. unloaded 459 West 19th Street between Ninth and 10th Avenues for $20 million, according to public records filed with the city today. The single-story commercial building was home to Francolino’s trash pickup business, Duffy Carting and Recycling Company, from 1974 until 2000, according to state records. However, the building’s most recent occupant was a gallery called Postmasters, which recently relocated to Tribeca.
It’s unclear who bought the property from Francolino. The LLC listed on the deed doesn’t come up in state records, and the real estate attorney who handled the sale declined to comment. Francolino did not return a request for comment.
The squat, gray building is only 3,800 square feet, but zoning would allow a 22,800-square-foot residential building to be constructed there. At one point, Cushman & Wakefield was marketing the property for an undisclosed asking price. The listing touted the site’s proximity to the High Line, which is just west of 10th Avenue, and noted that it would be an ideal place for a luxury condo project. The brokers on the listing, Billy Simons and Brock Emmetsberger, did not return requests for comment. 
In 1997, Francolino was found guilty of violating the state’s Organized Crime Control Act, The New York Times reported. Prosecutors reportedly called Francolino “a soldier in the Gambino crime family” and an “organized crime chieftain in the carting industry.” Then-District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau estimated that Francolino, as well as other executives in the private trash-removal business, inflated garbage collection costs for 200,000 commercial customers by up to $400 million a year. As the head of the disbanded Association of Trade Waste Removers of Greater New York, Francolino helped Mafia bosses set prices and prevent outside companies from threatening their monopoly on the trash business, according to the Times