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

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Guilty Pleas In Alleged Gambino Racket

Carmello Sciandra, the owner of the Top Tomato markets, and Benedetto Casale, owner of Casale Tile, are among the four Staten Island, NY residents who have pleaded guilty "for their roles in a lucrative Gambino crime family gambling and loansharking ring" as reported by The Staten Island Advance:  "Authorities said Sciandra ran the operation that loaned victims money at exorbitant rates. Victims were threatened with violence if they didn't pay, prosecutors alleged."  Michael Murdocco and Thomas Marchese also pleaded guilty.  The four were among several charged last November in sweeping indictments, and they are scheduled to be sentenced on June 22.
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