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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Colombo gangster gets 5 years in prison for shaking down tattoo parlor for $100K

Lukey DiMatteo, (c.) reputed Colombo mobster, leaves Brooklyn Federal Court after being released on furlough to go visit his cancer stricken infant daughter in April.
A remorseless Colombo mobster was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for shaking down a Brooklyn tattoo parlor.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Lukey DiMatteo extorted $150 per week from the owner of the unidentified business since the mid-1990s up until his arrest in June 2015.

His uncle, capo Luca DiMatteo, was also involved in the scheme.

“He’d use that man’s business as a personal piggy bank,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Allon Lifshitz. "They'd walk in, take cash and walk out."

The illegal withdrawals were captured on surveillance video, Lifshitz added.

Lukey DiMatteo, 47, appeared anxious to get the sentencing over, and offered not a word of contrition to Federal Judge Leo Glasser.

"I'd just like to get home for my kids as soon as possible," DiMatteo snapped.

Although the DiMatteos allegedly pocketed more than $100,000 from the victim over the years, he was ordered to pay the government $75,000 in criminal forfeiture, according to the plea agreement. The victim did not seek restitution.

"I know it's hard for you to cut yourself loose from ‘the life,’” Glasser said, referring to the Mafia. “Good luck to you.”

DiMatteo's Uncle Luca, who suffers from several life threatening illnesses, was sentenced earlier this year to 33 months behind bars.



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