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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Staten Island Bar Owner Gets A Year

A New Dorp saloon owner was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail for loansharking out of his bar.

Frank Datello, 63, and his sibling Joseph Datello, 59, ran an illegal gambling and money-lending operation from Frank Datello's bar, the Night Gallery on New Dorp Plaza, according to state Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.

Court papers said the scheme ran between October 2007 and July 2009.

Gamblers could place bets for sporting events through the brothers via an offshore wire room, or use illegal "Joker Poker" machines at the bar, court papers stated.

The brothers often loaned some gamblers thousands of dollars at an interest rate exceeding the criminal usury rate of 25 percent, authorities said.

Islander Michael Peterson collected the debts. The crew then paid a "tribute" from the earnings to alleged Lucchese capo Anthony Croce of Manhattan, who allegedly spearheaded the operation with Joseph Datello.

The brothers each pleaded guilty in April in state Supreme Court, St. George, to a felony count of attempted first-degree usury.

Croce pleaded guilty in March to first-degree criminal usury.

Under the deals, Frank Datello yesterday received a year in jail. Joseph Datello, a reputed Lucchese crime family soldier and "made man," was sentenced in May to one and three-fourths to three and a half years in prison.

The Datellos were arrested in November as part of a major mob bust.

Twenty-two suspects, including 11 Islanders, were nabbed.

Heading the list were reputed Gambino crime family capo Carmelo (Carmine) Sciandra, 58, of Dongan Hills and Eltingville; Westerleigh resident Michael Murdocco, 65, a reputed Gambino soldier and "made man," and alleged Gambino associate Benedetto (Benny) Casale, 69, of Todt Hill



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