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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bonanno underboss pleads guilty to extortion


The underboss of the Bonanno crime family pleaded guilty yesterday to racketeering extortion charges after he was caught on tape by the ex-husband of a “Mob Wives” star.
Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora, 70, the crime family’s reputed second-in-command, admitted in Brooklyn federal court that he took part in a Mafia shakedown from 2006 to 2008 to recoup a debt.
“I was trying to collect the money — that’s all,” Santora said.
“You tried to make the person think something bad would happen if you didn’t get the money back?” Judge Carol Amon asked him.
“Yes, your honor,” Santora said.
Last year, Hector “Junior” Pagan, the gangster ex-husband of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano, recorded more than 70 conversations with Santora that centered on talk about Mafia business, officials say.
Pagan is now a DEA informant.
Santora also admitted that he had violated the terms of his federal probation by associating with wiseguys.
He faces up to 22 years in prison and must forfeit $5,000 when he’s sentenced in October.


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