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

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Genovese associate turned informant appealing sweetheart deal

Maybe it doesn’t pay to be a rat.
A reputed Genovese crime family associate who secretly became a government informant thinks the sweetheart deal he got from the feds wasn’t sweet enough.
Joseph Caponegro is arguing that the 14 months he received earlier this year is too long — so he’s filed an appeal.
It’s an unusual move for a government informant who received a coveted letter from Brooklyn federal prosecutors chronicling the many things he did to help investigators infiltrate the Mafia.
When he was sentenced earlier this year on a mob extortion charge, Caponegro claimed the court put too much weight on one of his old assault arrests. But prosecutors insisted the sentence “was substantially below” what the wiseguy otherwise would have received under federal guidelines had he not been an informant.


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