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

Monday, March 29, 2010

Michael Persico Denied Bail

Michael Persico -- son of reputed Colombo boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico and brother of reputed ex-acting boss Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico -- was denied bail today following his indictment earlier this month for allegedly participating in a kickback and extortion scheme involving debris removal at the World Trade Center ground zero site.  In denying bail for Persico, U.S. District Judge Sandra Townes said as reported by Janon Fisher for the New York Post:  "He has ties to organized crime that he has been surveilled meeting with the hierarchy of the Colombo crime family, including Ralph Deleo -- the acting boss. He directs the acts of violent men and no amount of surety could protect the community."
Meanwhile, Jerry Capeci reports for The Huffington Post that Steven Marcus -- "a sleazy fixture in trucking and the demolition contracting business for decades" -- wore a wire for the feds that helped bring about the recent indictment involving the alleged scheme at World Trade Center site:
Prosecutors say that Marcus tape-recorded about 800 conversations for the FBI during the investigation. Sources say this treasure trove of mob business discussions will lead to additional charges in the coming months against members and associates of the Gambino and Genovese families who were also snared by the smooth-talking Marcus. "He's a truck broker in the construction industry," said one source. "He had dealings with everyone in the industry. There's lots of people looking over their shoulders."


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