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

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Feds round up six members of the powerful Genovese crime family

Ralph Balsamo

Six reputed mobsters who allegedly served in various roles in the Genovese crime family were charged in a racketeering conspiracy in Manhattan federal court Tuesday.

The six alleged wiseguys — including two caporegimes — raked in money for the syndicate from 2011 to 2022 “through a pattern of racketeering activity,” which included extortion and illegal gambling, according to the indictment against them.

The suspects were “members and associates of an organized criminal enterprise known as the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra, whose members and associates engaged in crimes including making extortionate extensions of credit,” the indictment states.

The alleged mobsters charged include capos Nicholas Calisi and Ralph Balsamo, soldiers Michael Messina and John Campanella and associates Michael Poli and Thomas Poli, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York said.

All of the six suspects face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.

“From extortion to illegal gambling, the Mafia continues to find ways to prey on others to fill its coffers. Our office and our law enforcement partners remain committed to putting organized crime out of business,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement after the indictment was unsealed.

At their arraignments Tuesday, Balsamo and Thomas Poli pleaded not guilty and were ordered to remain in home confinement pending trial. 

“The government can’t seem to go three months without rounding up some Italians. Today just happened to be Ralph Balsamo’s turn,” his attorney, Gerald McMahon, told The Post in an email.



  1. This is great. Politicians lying, robbing and dividing friends and families ontop of Daily muggings, robberies, car jackings, shootings, stabbing, pushing innocent people in front of trains, hate crimes through the roof, people being murdered and yet there are still agents chasing old Italian guys.

    1. spot on... Forever Bothering Italians FBI

    2. Spot on...Forever Bothering Italians...FBI FUKEM

  2. Yep, they have nothing better to do

  3. The biggest crook government

  4. The government are crooks too but they been picking on italians for 60 years now fuhgettaboudit..

  5. All these comments about FBI bothering innocent Italians blah blah blah sounds just like when the yoms bitch and moan about being persecuted! Next you’ll all be saying that there is no such thing as the mafia lol I will say this though they might as well not be a mafia because it’s devolved into being a complete joke. It’s filled with a bunch of rats and punks!

  6. God forbid, we dress better than them, they take it as a personal vendetta!!