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

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

6 Florida members of Bonanno crime family admit guilt

Six individuals who were among the eleven arrested last May for participating in an alleged "wide-ranging criminal racket run by the Bonanno organized-crime family" in South Florida pleaded guilty today in a federal court in Fort Lauderdale as reported by Scott Hiaasen for the Miami Herald:

The men were accused of taking part in a variety of crimes -- from identity theft to drug trafficking, arson and Medicare fraud -- to benefit the Mafia. All six pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the federal racketeering statute. Among those pleading guilty was Pasquale "Patsy'' Rubbo, 43, of Parkland, described in the indictment as an "enforcer'' for the local mob crew. Prosecutors said he led a scheme to profit from bogus checks, and illegally bought prescription painkillers from area pain-management clinics and then sold the drugs on the black market.

The others who pleaded guilty today were Joseph Rubbo, Lee Klein, Daniel S. Young, Frank D'Amato and Billie Robertson. Sentencing is scheduled for January.

Thomas Fiore, the alleged ring leader of the crew, and the other remaining defendants are set for trial on November 9; however, "a seventh suspect is scheduled to plead guilty next week and prosecutors expect others to follow" as reported by Curt Anderson for the Associated Press.


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