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

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mob wives rat helps feds make bust

Drug Enforcement Administration special agentsFederal agents busted several high-ranking Bonanno crime-family members yesterday and charged them with racketeering and extortion, authorities said.
Among those arrested in the joint FBI-Drug Enforcement Administration probe was a senior member of the Bonanno ruling administration, as well as capo Anthony “TG” Graziano, the father of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano.
Her ex-husband, ex-mob associate Hector Pagan, is now a DEA informant who gave the feds information that led to the massive sweep.
Anthony Graziano, 71, was released recently from prison but then quickly ensnared in an earlier DEA probe that predated yesterday’s developments.
In that previous case, Pagan reportedly wore a wire and secretly recorded conversations for the feds with his ex-father-in-law while discussing the collection of a loan-shark debt.
Graziano was indicted by Brooklyn federal prosecutors on those earlier charges just last week.
Yesterday, Bonanno ruling administration member, Vincent “Vinny TV” Badalamente, was charged with shaking down several restaurants and bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn and also allegedly “took over” a bar on Coney Island Avenue after its owner failed to pay back a debt, Brooklyn federal prosecutors said.
Bonanno capo Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and illegal gambling, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday.
Also charged in the sweep, were acting capo Vito Balsamo and soldier Anthony Calabrese, officials said.
Prosecutors hit Calabrese with an extortion charge for allegedly participating in a heated sit-down to discuss a financial settlement over a secret pizza sauce recipe that a Bonanno-associated Staten Island pizza joint allegedly stole from Brooklyn’s L&B Spumoni Gardens, which has ties to the Colombo crime family.
Calabrese was caught on a secret FBI tape saying, “I went there and argued . . . I f--king had a screaming match with the f--king Colombo guys for three hours.”
A Gambino crime-family associate, James LaForte, also was arrested in the early-morning raids, sources said.
All of those charged pleaded not guilty at a hearing in Brooklyn federal court, except Graziano, who will be arraigned next week.
After the arrests yesterday, Renee Graziano reportedly suffered a panic attack and was hospitalized, according to TMZ.


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