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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Old Genovese Captain Busted For Extortion, Racketeering

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A septuagenarian mobster was busted by the feds today on charges that date back to when the reputed Genovese capo was just middle aged.
Anthony "Rom" Romanello, 73, was indicted on federal racketeering and extortion charges for allegations that date back to the 1990s, including using extortion to collect a debt.
The indictment also charged him with running a gambling operation that grossed a minimum of $2,000 a day, and threatening to use violence to collect money from a second debtor, both in 1999.
Romanello appeared before a judge in Brooklyn federal court and was released after posting $750,000 bail.
In 2006, federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Romanello with threatening to use violence to extort the owner of a bakery.
He was convicted in that case of conspiring to obstruct justice by tampering with a witness and placed on two years probation.



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