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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Michael Persico pleads not guilty to ordering the murder of a Colombo member

Mob scion Michael Persico pleaded not guilty yesterday in Brooklyn federal court to ordering the rubout of a fellow Colombo member -- the 12th and final murder in an internal family war in the early 1990s.
Persico, 54, is accused of having his henchmen whack Joseph Scopo, a mobbed-up concrete-union official, in 1993, during a war for control of the family.
He is the son of Carmine “The Snake” Persico, a gangster serving life in federal lockup.
The younger Persico was arrested last year on racketeering charges connected to debris-removal contracts at Ground Zero. He remains free on $5 million bail.
Co-defendants Francis Guerra and Theodore “Skinny Teddy” Persico, Michael’s cousin, also pleaded not guilty and were returned to their cells, where they await trial on other charges.



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