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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Feds remove lien on Victoria Gotti's L.I. mansion after Mafia princess pays $2.6M to settle case

Federal prosecutors have removed the lien on Victoria Gotti's Long Island mansion because she's paid Uncle Sam $2.6 million to settle her ex-husband's forfeiture case.
But the Mafia princess' castle in Old Westbury - the centerpiece of her cable series "Growing Up Gotti" - isn't out of the foreclosure woods yet, sources said.
Her lawyers are scheduled to appear in Nassau Supreme Court later this month to discuss the foreclosure, which was held at bat while she hammered out a settlement with the feds.
Last year, JPMorgan Chase won a court ruling to foreclose on the six-acre property because the daughter of John Gotti had stopped making payments on the mortgage.
She blamed ex-husband Carmine Agnello for taking out a $856,000 loan against the house without her knowledge before he was arrested and convicted for racketeering.
The settlement agreement filed Wednesday in Brooklyn Federal Court concludes a years-long effort by the feds to collect $10 million in criminal forfeiture from Agnello.
He still owes the government over $4 million, but prosecutors are in the process of selling some commercial properties and heavy equipment seized from his auto shredding business in Queens.
"Carmine is glad, after ten years, that this portion of the forfeiture is finally done," said his lawyer, Scott Leemon.
"He has moved out of state and looks forward to living the rest of his life wihtout any more drama."
In order to come up with the $2.6 million, Gotti sold several commercial properties in Queens. She could not be reached for comment and her lawyer did not return a call.


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