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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Boston based Gambino soldier charged with extortion

An alleged member of the New York-based Gambino crime family was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with extorting more than $1 million from a business over five years, according to court records.
Oreste Abbamonte, 63, of Port Washington, N.Y., faces up to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for the alleged extortion if he is convicted.
Authorities say he extorted the money from the company between January 2006 and January 2011. The company was identified only as “Company A” in court records, and authorities would not say where it is located.
The case is being investigated by the US attorney’s office in Boston and the FBI.
Abbamonte, also known as Ernie and Ernie Boy, is an alleged soldier in the Gambino crime family, and he has spent much of his adult life in federal prison on convictions of dealing heroin and cocaine, according to court records. He is currently being held in a federal prison in New York on a parole violation.
Abbamonte has not yet been scheduled for an appearance in US District Court in Boston.
It is not unheard-of for a member of a New York crime family to have connections to Boston. Convicted mobster Ralph DeLeo, formerly of Somerville, was allegedly a leading member of the Colombo crime family, for instance.
Moreover, court records in the arrest last week of alleged New England Mafia acting boss Anthony DiNunzio assert that DiNunzio met regularly with Gambino crime family members, including at least one senior member. Authorities recorded conversations of their meetings, according to court records.



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