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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Judge orders mobster to disinvite Gambino family members from wedding

He made them an offer he has to refuse to honor.

Low-level mobster and city Sanitation worker Joseph Virzi invited a crew of eight made-members of the Gambino crime family to his upcoming wedding — only to learn that he is prohibited from associating with them.

Virzi’s lawyer reached out to Brooklyn Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto for help with a quandary that isn’t addressed in any etiquette books.

“This has placed my client in a very difficult and awkward situation [which includes the fact that he still has to pay for these people] whereby he will have to contact these people and tell them not to attend his wedding,” lawyer Steven Brounstein stated in a letter.

The mobbed-up guests are reputed capos John Gambino, Joseph Marino, John Rizzo, Louis Devito and Pasquale Marsala and soldiers Joseph Costa, Joseph Gambino and Pietro "Pete" Inzerillo, according to court papers and law enforcement sources.

They have been Virzi’s “family friends” for many years, the lawyer wrote.

Virzi, a reputed associate of the Colombo crime family, pleaded guilty last year to participating in an illegal sports betting ring controlled by the Colombos and Gambinos. He was sentenced to 18 months and ordered not to hang out with mobsters.

Virzi’s parents sent out the invitations one week before their son was sentenced this past summer, Brounstein 

The judge asked the government to take a position, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes tried to offer Virzi an early wedding present.

As long as he disclosed the details of the wedding ceremony and reception in advance to the feds, the Gambino gangsters and their wives could attend, Geddes informed the judge Wednesday in a letter.

After hearing both sides, Matsumoto “ respectfully denied” the request, so there will be 16 fewer guests at the wedding.

The details of the Nov. 23 nuptials in Belleville, N.J., will not be made public, Brounstein said.

Virzi may face yet another obstacle to surmount  
storm-ravaged Belleville has a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in effect as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which remains in effect until Gov. Chris Christie declares otherwise.

Virzi’s friends in high places aren’t all mobsters. Msgr. David Cassato, a
nn NYPD chaplain, wrote a letter to the judge on Virzi’s behalf before he was sentenced.

Matsumoto previously showed sympathy for the groom-to-be: She granted permission for Virzi to travel with friends to Las Vegas in September for his bachelor party. None of the friends were linked to organized crime.



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