Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

15 NJ residents in massive mob bust due in court

All 15 New Jersey defendants in a recent massive takedown of reputed mob members and associates entered not guilty pleas Tuesday. They were among more than 120 people arrested in January in the roundup across the Northeast.
Defense attorneys for each of the men entered the pleas during arraignments Tuesday morning in Newark federal court.
The New Jersey defendants are charged with crimes ranging from running illegal poker games to shaking down fellow dockworker union members for Christmas bonus payments.
At the top of the federal indictment in New Jersey is 55-year-old Stephen Depiro of Kenilworth. He’s described by prosecutors as a soldier in the Genovese crime family who ran a racketeering enterprise.
A former top union official of the International Longshoremen’s Association was also among those charged.


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