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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Son of DeCavalcante mobster pleads guilty in plot to open prostitution business

The son of a man federal prosecutors say is a ranking member of a New Jersey crime family pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to open up a high-end escort service that would cater to well-heeled businessmen in the Toms River area.

Anthony Stango, 34, also pleaded guilty to charges of distributing more than $70,000 worth of cocaine and possessing a shotgun during an appearance before U.S. District Court Judge William Walls.

Stango, also known as "Whitey," faces at least five years in prison according to the terms of a plea agreement reached with New Jersey federal prosecutors. Walls ordered Stango to remain on home detention in Brick until his sentencing on Nov. 24, 2015.

Stango is the son of Charles Stango, who federal prosecutors say is a longtime captain in the DeCavalcante crime family, an organized criminal group said to be the inspiration for the HBO series "The Sopranos."

Federal prosecutors say Stango had several phone conversations with his father to discuss how to open and operate a profitable prostitution business without attracting the suspicions of law enforcement.

Charles Stango, then living in Nevada, warned his son not to fall prey to greed, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court at the time of their March 2015 arrest along with eight other members or associates of the DeCavalcante family.

"The bulls and the bears, Anthony, they survive," the father told his son according to the complaint.

"The pigs they get slaughtered. Ok? Always go for a bologna sandwich. Ok? You know?....If you got five bologna sandwiches, you're eating pretty good."

And Stango admitted owning a 12-gauge pump action shotgun purchased in New York in violation of a federal law prohibiting convicted felons of possessing a firearm.Stango also admitted Wednesday that on three separate occasions in 2014 and 2015, he sold cocaine to an undercover federal law enforcement agent.

The prostitution business never opened but, in recorded conversations with his father, Stango worked through the details, federal prosecutors say.

"You need to protect yourself with what you're doing now," Charles Stango told his son, according to the complaint. "You have to be smart, very smart, you can't just do something that everyone else is doing. Ok?"

The plan included opening up a legitimate club that would function as a front for the prostitution business, prosecutors say.



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