A reputed acting captain in the Genovese crime family pleaded guilty today to conspiring to murder a hitman working for the Russian mob in the early 1990s.
Anthony "Tony D." Palumbo -- who was previously charged last year with also shaking down owners of local bartending schools --- admitted in a Manhattan federal courtroom that he was “a member of an enterprise engaged in racketeering activity” who participated with others to “murder an individual of Russian descent.”
The plan, which was hatched in late 1992 or early 1993, never came off. It was to lure the unidentified hitman to a Bronx social club, "where Palumbo would murder [him]," the indictment said.
Prosecutors charge that his racketeering activity also included extortion, loan sharking and gambling.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3 and faces up to 10 years behind bars.
The indictment against Palumbo, who the feds say was named head of the Genovese family's New Jersey operations in 2006, also tied him to the 1992 murder of a mobster’s cousin.
He was accused of conspiring to have Angelo Sangiuolo whacked for robbing Palumbo's gambling joints in the Bronx.
Sangiuolo -- whose rubout was allegedly sanctioned by then-Genovese boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante -- was later lured to his death by his first cousin Angelo Prisco, a Genovese captain who was sentenced to life last year after triggerman John "Johnny Balls" Leto turned rat and testified against him.
The remaining suspected member of the hit team -- alleged getaway driver Paul "Doc" Gaccione -- was arrested in April and charged with murder.