Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Witness testifies she did nothing about mafia threats


A one-time Howard Beach newspaper publisher has admitted she was aware others were threatening a woman who’d accused a Bonanno associate of sex assault ​–​ and did nothing about it.
Patrice Adams pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday, saying she failed to tell authorities unnamed others were intimidating a woman who’d accused alleged Bonanno crime family member Robert Pisani of sex assault.
Pisani is currently on trial in ​state court in ​Queens for ​exposing his penis to an employee inside his Lindenwood bagel shop in April 2017. At the time, he was also facing a federal racketeering indictment​ ​–​ ​alongside the nephew of notorious capo Vinnie Asaro​ ​– though he has since pleaded guilty.
Federal prosecutors intended to use the Queens case to revoke Pisani’s bail in the racketeering case.
“I knew in May 2017 that I was aware that another person attempted to dissuade and harass another person out of testifying at a bail revocation hearing,” Adams said Tuesday. “And I failed to report it.”
Adams, who prosecutors have said is linked to the mob via gambling debts, was charged in May 2017 with witness tampering for calling up the father of Pisani’s accuser, and threatening to smear the woman in her local rag, The Forum, if she continued to cooperate with cops in their investigation of Pisani.
Adams now faces up to three years behind bars and a $250,000 fine at her Sept. sentencing.
The 59-year-old woman’s name no longer appears on The Forum’s masthead, and she and her lawyer declined to comment on whether or not she was still with the community newspaper.
“She looks forward to putting this case behind her,” defense attorney Sanford Talkin said as they left court.



Post a Comment