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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Drita from Mob Wives and her husband make list of top tax deliquents in New York State

“Mob Wife” Drita D’Avanzo and her husband Lee appear on a list of the state’s worst tax delinquents, the Advance learned Thursday.
Dating back to 2016, the pair owes a little over $8,200. Individually and as the representative for Just Me Cosmetics Corp., Drita D’Avanzo owes nearly $670,000, according to a list of the state’s top 250 tax delinquents
Their alleged tax delinquency comes in the wake of the D’Avanzos’ December arrest following a raid on their Pleasant Plains home.
Both face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
New Jersey authorities also arrested Lee earlier this month as the result of a year-long investigation that busted 24 people in a ring that allegedly distributed marijuana and infused THC into popular candies.
A number listed for the D’Avanzos had been disconnected Thursday.
The couple with alleged ties to organized crime joined 10 other tax delinquents from Staten Island on the state’s list. None of them cracked the top 10 of the list.
The arrests aren’t the couple’s first contact with law enforcement.
The husband has served prison stints on numerous federal convictions.
Lee was one of four suspects arrested in “Operation Turkeyshoot" after they were caught trying to break into the vault of a bank in New Springville in 2008.
Drita, who shot to fame with her role on the controversial show “Mob Wives,” was raised in the Todt Hill Houses and drew acclaim for her prowess as a high-school soccer player.
Drita appeared on the show from 2011 to 2016.
"Four Staten Island women are headed for prime time as VH1 prepares to launch its 10-episode ‘Mob Wives,’” read an Advance article which previewed the series in 2011.
"Ever wonder what it’s like to be married to an alleged mobster who’s in jail? Or what it’s like to live in witness protection in Arizona because of your dad? Staten Island is once again headed for national fame as Karen Gravano, Drita D’Avanzo, Renee Graziano and Carla Facciolo are headed for the small screen,” the Advance reported.
She used her celebrity status to promote various businesses and social ventures. In 2013, Drita opened a storefront in West Brighton to promote her Just Me Cosmetics line.
She was arrested in February of 2016, when she was accused of punching a woman at the victim’s home in Tottenville. She was charged with misdemeanor assault, but prosecutors ultimately dropped the case.
The list excludes taxpayers who have filed for bankruptcy, set up an installment payment agreement with the state, or have requested a review.



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