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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Son of Gambino Captain pleads guilty in Long Island Rail Road overtime fraud case


The son of a murderous Queens mobster pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in an MTA overtime scheme that netted him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Frank Pizzonia, son of reputed Gambino captain Dominick “Skinny Dom” Pizzonia, copped to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in Manhattan federal court for his role in the overtime scheme. 

At the plea hearing, Pizzonia said he conspired with his other defendants to falsify timesheets in 2018 and 2019 to jack up overtime payments he and others received from the MTA. 

“I was not present on the job site,” Pizzonia said of the fraudulent timesheets he submitted to the state agency. 

He received payment for the “work” through a direct deposit he had set up with the MTA, he added. 

Pizzonia, who was hired by the MTA in 1988 and worked as a track worker for the LIRR, schemed with “overtime king” Thomas Caputo and three others “by repeatedly covering for one another’s absences from work,” according to the indictment against them. 

In 2018, Pizzonia raked in a total of $305,477. Caputo, his co-defendant, netted $461,000 that year, making him the agency’s top earner. 

The five defendants will have to pay restitution of more than $100,000 as part of their sentences for the scheme. 

Pizzonia, 54, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4. His attorney, Joseph Corozzo, did not return a request for comment.  

The elder Pizzonia served a 15-year prison sentence for plotting the murder of a couple who allegedly robbed his social club in 1992. He was sprung from prison in 2019.

After his son’s arrest on the LIRR caper in February 2021, Skinny Dom answered the door at his house in Queens and told a Post reporter asking to speak with his son to “Fuhgeddaboudit!”



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