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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gambino tied CEO threatened wholesaler over unpaid debt

He doesn’t want to end up sleeping with the fishes!

A Florida seafood wholesaler told cops the CEO of Western Beef — who has family ties to the New York mob — threatened him over an unpaid debt and secretly attached a GPS tracker to his car, The Post has learned.

Michael Grieco, 52, who formerly owned Delray Beach-based Sutton Foods Inc., says in a police report that Peter Castellana refused to pay a $121,000 debt and started singing, “Be careful,” during a meeting at Western Beef’s Queens office.

Castellana’s father is a reputed Gambino soldier and cousin of late Mafia boss Paul Castellano — who was infamously gunned down execution-style on the orders of John Gotti outside Sparks Steakhouse in December 1985.

“You start to get a little freaky about going out to your driveway and getting in your car,” Grieco told The Post. “Someone could run up to your window and say goodbye. I don’t want to be found dead in my driveway.”

Grieco said his first meeting with Castellana occurred at the Ridgewood, Queens office of Western Beef last May 12 — a month after he said he was forced to sell Sutton Foods because he couldn’t collect the debt.

Castellana, Grieco says, told him to “get the f–k out” and refused to pay the $121,000 bill for a seafood mix.

After Grieco returned Delray Beach, two mysterious men slapped a GPS tracker to the undercarriage of his car, the police report states.

“They threatened my life and all of a sudden I got a tracker under my car. I was in fear for my life,” Grieco said.

Grieco returned to New York to confront Castellana, but he never made it past Western Beef’s head of security, the report states. The security head cryptically said “things were heating up and actions needed to be taken,” according to the report.

On Aug. 4 in Florida, Grieco was slapped on the head by an unidentified assailant, who snarled, “Be careful. You know who is looking for you,” before running off, the report said.

Delray Beach police are investigating Grieco’s allegations.

Benjamin Petrofsky, general counsel for Western Beef, said: “We can’t comment due to an open investigation with local and federal authorities.”



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