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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Gambino Family Indictment Hits 14 Mobsters

In New York City the feds have indicted 14 reputed Gambino crime family members and associates on a host of "charges including racketeering, murder, sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a minor, jury tampering, extortion, assault, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud, loansharking, and illegal gambling" according to a press release by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
The defendants include reputed boss Daniel Marino who allegedly has "over 200 fully-inducted or 'made' mafia members under his command, as well as hundreds of associates who commit crimes with and for the mafia."  The others charged are reputed Gambino soldiers Thomas Orefice  and Onofrio Modica who each allegedly supervised crews that include defendants Dominick DiFiore, Anthony Manzella, Michael Scotto, Michael Scarpaci, Thomas Scarpaci, David Eisler and Salvatore Borgia.  The indictment also charges Steve Maiurro, Keith Dellitalia, Suzanne Porcelli and Anthony Vecchione with committing "crimes with and for the Gambino Family."
Marino is charged with the 1998 murder of his Bonanno associate nephew Frank Hydell and the 1989 murder of Gambino soldier Thomas Spinelli which were allegedly motivated by fears that the victims were spilling family secrets.  Modica is charged for the 1987 double murder of James DiGuglielmo and Richard Sbarra which resulted from an alleged drug related dispute between Modica and DiGuglielmo, and according to the feds "Modica drove his motorcycle with a shooter riding on the back to a crowded parking lot where the shooter opened fire" killing both DiGiglielmo and Sbarra who was an innocent bystander.
The indictment also charges various defendants with operating a teenage prostitution ring through Craigslist which sold girls between 15- and 19-years old; extorting businesses and individuals within the construction, home heating oil and financial services industries; running a drug ring which sold cocaine, oxycontin and marijuana; plotting to tamper with the jury in the 1992 racketeering trial against Gambino boss John Gotti; and defrauding NYC restaurants through inflated invoices from Manzella's meat company with kickbacks to the kitchen chefs.
The teenage prostitution ring "was hatched by Gambino soldier Thomas Orefice, the feds said" as reported by Alison Gendar and Rich Schapiro for the Daily News:
He personally looked over the 15-year-old, a 10th-grade runaway, and consented for his goons to sell her for sex, prosecutors charge. "[She] looked much younger," a law enforcement source said. "Like she wasn't old enough to be even a Girl Scout, like she still played with dolls." Prosecutors say Orefice advertised the girls, ranging in age from 15 to 19, on craigslist with ads that included the phone number of Gambino madam Suzanne Porcelli.  Porcelli set up the appointments, and Orefice's crew members drove the women to appointments in New York and New Jersey, waited for them and took half their $200-per-session payment, prosecutors say. Wiseguy Anthony Manzella was allegedly caught on tape giving one frightened girl advice on how to deal with a john who insisted on a sex act she didn't want to perform. As a sideline, Orefice made these same women available to gamblers who played poker at his illegal, high-stakes games, prosecutors charge. When they serviced the poker players, the fee went into the pot, prosecutors said.

Download Press Release On Gambino Indictment


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