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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Detention Memo Reveals Updated Colombo Family Leadership

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Theodore Persico, Jr., a longstanding member in the Colombo family, currently is a member of its administration.

For example, on July 15, 2009, co-conspirator James Bombino advised a cooperating witness in a conversation that was consensually recorded that Persico, Jr. had been made underboss of the Colombo family. During the same conversation, another co-conspirator advised that Persico, Jr., following his release from prison, had previously served as the street boss.

Notably, Persico, Jr. himself has admitted the existence of the Colombo family and his (and others’) position in the family during consensually recorded conversations. For example, on May 19, 2009, in response to a question of whether Benny Colombo belonged to the Colombo family, Persico, Jr. stated, “No, we’re the Colombos.”

On July 30, 2008, shortly after the May 29, 2008 arrest of the former acting boss Thomas Gioeli in United States v. Curanovic, et al.,08 CR 240 (BMC) (E.D.N.Y.), Persico Jr. not only discussed the existence of the Colombo and Gambino crime families, but also told a cooperating witness that Benji Castellazo was the new acting boss of the Colombo family and that Richard Fusco was its consigliere.

Persico, Jr.’s co-defendants have also discussed the existence of the Colombo family. For example, on July 25, 2006, Garofalo told a cooperating witness in reference to the upcoming trial of Alphonse Persico, the then acting boss of the Colombo family, that “Mush” (referring to Andrew Russo) would run the Colombo family as soon as he was no longer on supervised release.


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