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Friday, February 17, 2012

Records detail alleged mobster Enrico Ponzo’s Idaho charges

A federal grand jury indicted alleged mobster Enrico Ponzo with illegally keeping 33 firearms in his Marsing home, as well as using false driver’s licenses and social security cards.
The 16-count indictment filed Tuesday charges Ponzo with unlawful possession of firearms and identity theft.
It also calls for the forfeiture of Ponzo’s Hogg Road ranch, about $120,000 in seized cash, dozens of gold and silver coins, and eight vehicles, including a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a motorboat.
Ponzo, 43, lived in Marsing under the assumed identity of Jay Shaw, a small-time cattle rancher, until federal agents captured him Feb. 7, 2011, as a fugitive from justice.
He is currently being held in Massachusetts on federal charges of racketeering, conspiracy to murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say he tried to kill New England mobster Frank “Cadillac” Salemme in 1989.
According to the indictment, Ponzo’s store of firearms included 10 semi-automatic pistols, two .357 revolvers, 16 semi-automatic rifles, two bolt action rifles, and three semi-automatic shotguns. The guns were apparently found during a Feb. 8, 2011, search of Ponzo’s home. The indictment also lists a .44-caliber semi-automatic pistol Ponzo allegedly possessed in September 2010.
The indictment says it was illegal for Ponzo to possess the firearms because he had previously been convicted of a serious crime and was a fugitive from justice.
In addition to the four counts for illegal firearms, twelve counts for identity theft allege Ponzo held driver’s licenses and other documents from Alabama, Montana, Arizona and New Hampshire. He is further charged with “aggravated” identity theft, meaning he knew the stolen identities belonged to real people.
Ponzo is still awaiting trial for his charges in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts and likely won’t face the new District of Idaho charges until the underlying case is resolved, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Nafzger. A Massachusetts trial date has not been set, Nafzger said.
“He likely won’t be coming back to the District of Idaho any time soon,” he said.
Each count of unlawful possession of a firearm in counts one through four of the indictment is punishable by up to 10 years in prison with a maximum fine of $250,000.
The charge of possession with intent to use identification documents in count five is punishable by up to five years in prison with a maximum fine of $250,000.
The charge of aggravated identity theft listed in counts six through 14 is punishable by a mandatory two years in prison, to run consecutively, and a $250,000 fine.
The charge of identity theft listed in counts 15 and 16 is punishable by up to one year in prison, a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to five years of probation.



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