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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Genovese mobster told debtor that his skin color saved him

A high-ranking mob enforcer from Queens told a gambler who owed his boss money he was saved by the color of his skin.

Federal prosecutors say alleged Genovese family soldier Israel "Buddy" Torres, 66, bragged about using racist language to threaten a man over a $30,000 debt owed to a mob capo, recently filed court papers reveal.

“Come up two days, you better have the f---in’ money. If you don’t, you know what’s gonna f---in’ happen,” the tough guy allegedly said during a secretly taped 2011 conversation.

“You’re f---in’ white,” Torres allegedly continued. “If you were a f---in’ n-----, you’d be dead now.”

Cops collared Torres in August along with nearly 40 other alleged wiseguys from the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, Bonanno and Philadelphia crime families.

The group ran a massive gambling and loansharking racket spanning from Massachusetts to South Florida, according to a federal complaint released by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office.

The alleged La Cosa Nosta members, playing different roles in the sports gambling operations, used websites to keep track of wagers and proceeds, prosecutors said.

Several of the men are accused of running an illegal operation in Yonkers that took horse bets and staged poker and dice tournaments.

“The mob remains a scourge to this city and around the country,” Bharara said in a statement. “Today’s Mafia is fully diversified in its boundless search for illegal profits.”

Torres has been unsuccessfully pushing for bail since his arrest.

Authorities contend he is a career criminal and enforcer for Pasquale "Patsy" Parrello, “a made and high-ranking member of the Genovese crime family,” who does his dirty dealings out of his Arthur Ave. restaurant in the Bronx, Pasquale’s Rigoletto.

“Now you’re responsible for it,” Torres claims he told the debtor who owed money to Parrello. “So use your f---in’ head because you’re not gonna see me again. Somebody will see you, it ain’t gonna be me.”

Torres is charged with racketeering, conspiracy and conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering. He faces 40 years behind bars if convicted.



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