Carmine Lombardozzi

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Carmine Lombardozzi (February 2, 1913 – September 5, 1992) was a high-ranking member of the Gambino crime family in New York. He was known as "Alberto", "the Doctor", the "King of Wall Street" and "The Italian Meyer Lansky".[1] By the end of his criminal career, Lombardozzi was the biggest earner for the Gambino family.[2]

Biography[edit]

Background[edit]

Carmine Lombardozzi was born in Brooklyn on December 8, 1913 to Camillo Lombardozzi and Annunziata Antonelli. Carmine's six brothers were John, Daniel, Paul, Cosmo and Dominick, and youngest brother Anthony (Sonny) Lombardozzi. He had three sisters; Edith, Mary and Jenny. Lombardozzi's first wife was Mary Corrolla.[3] After being married to Corrolla for 29 years, Lombardozzi had an affair with the young daughter of Stabato Muro, a Profaci mobster. When Muro complained to the family leadership, Lombardozzi was forced to divorce Corrolla and marry Muro.[4] He had a stepdaughter, Renee Lombardozzi.[5] His nephews included Daniel Marino and George Lombardozzi, both of whom eventually joined the Gambino crime family.[6]

Lombardozzi was six feet tall, but tended to hunch over and look shorter. He was described as having a high strung temperament, always watching for threats around him.[7] A wealthy man, Lombardozzi owned a Rolls-Royce automobile, a yacht, and a waterfront mansion in Mill Basin, Brooklyn.[2]

Gambino mobster[edit]

Lombardozzi, though only a caporegime (captain), allegedly ran the entire Gambino shylock and stock market rackets. He was involved in loansharking and racketeering, and was said to have earned the Gambino crime family a lot of money during his criminal career. Considered a traditional mafiosi, Lombardozzi was described as having a "brilliant mind" for numbers.[5]

In November 1957, new Genovese crime family boss Vito Genovese called a meeting of high-ranking Cosa Nostra figures at the farm home of mobster Joseph Barbara in Apalachin, New York. Lombardozzi attended meeting. According to some sources, Lombardozzi was in serious trouble with Cosa Nostra leaders over mishandling of funds. They privately discussed murdering him, but old friend Joseph Profaci, boss of the Profaci crime family, dissuaded them.[8] Soon after the meeting started, New York State Troopers raided the farm and arrested dozens of mobsters, including Lombardozzi. When questioned by law enforcement, Lombardozzi said he had come to Apalachin to go hunting. When asked why he didn't have any hunting equipment, Lombardozzi said he was planning to buy it there.[9] For failing to cooperate in the investigation of the infamous Apalachin Meeting, Lombardozzi spent 14 months in prison.

On November 30, 1964, Lombardozzi was sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court; Lombardozzi had repeatedly dodged questions about a jewelry scam committed by his brother.[10]

In 1963, Daniel Marino and other Gambino associates assaulted a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent at the funeral of Lombardozzi's father. Although Lombardozzi was not involved in the attack, the family leadership blamed him for his nephew's poor judgement.[2]

On August 27, 1965, Lombardozzi was arrested for assaulting a police officer. Police had tried to arrest him in a Brooklyn restaurant, but Lombardozzi punched a detective in the face, starting a brawl that involved a female companion and several bystanders.[11]

On March 18, 1969, Lombardozzi was sentenced to one year in prison on contempt charges for refusing to discuss mob involvement with legitimate businesses before a grand jury.[12] While serving this prison sentence, doctors were forced to remove one of Lombardozzi's kidneys due to cancer. Also in 1969, Lombardozzi was indicted on two counts of attempting to defraud the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The crime involved the illegal cashing of winning tickets from Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York, and what was then Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, New York. However, in September 1970, a jury acquitted Lombardozzi on one count.[13]

On June 12, 1970, Lombardozzi was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to cash $50,000 in stolen brokerage checks.[14]

On November 20, 1975, Lombardozzi was indicted on 17 counts of perjury based on his previous grand jury testimony about loansharking and arson-for-hire schemes. Investigator used electronic surveillance to record Lombardozzi's conversations at a motel and diner in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. On one occasion, the listening device fell from the bottom of the diner table to the floor next to Lombardozzi's feet. However, an undercover policeman went to the table and claimed he had lost his pager. An unsuspecting Lombardozzi handed the device to the detective.[15]

On April 16, 1981, Lombardozzi was indicted on charges of failing to report his loansharking income in his federal income tax returns.[16] His headquarters for this racket was a Kiwanis clubhouse in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. He was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.[17]

Death[edit]

On May 10, 1992, Carmine Lombardozzi died at home of heart failure at age 79. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weiss, Gary (2003). Born to steal : when the Mafia hit Wall Street. New York: Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-52857-9. 
  2. ^ a b c Davis, John H. (1994). Mafia dynasty : the rise and fall of the Gambino crime family (1st Harper paperbacks. ed.). New York, N.Y.: HarperPaperbacks. p. 481. ISBN 0-06-109184-7. 
  3. ^ Giancana, United States Treasury Department, Bureau of Narcotics ; foreword by Sam (2007). Mafia : the government's secret file on organized crime (1st ed. ed.). New York: Collins. p. 506. ISBN 0-06-136385-5. 
  4. ^ Sifakis, Carl (2005). The Mafia encyclopedia (3. edition. ed.). New York: Facts on File. p. 413. ISBN 0-8160-5694-3. 
  5. ^ a b Carlo, Philip (2010). resnum=3&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22Carmine%20Lombardozzi%22&f=false The butcher : anatomy of a Mafia psychopath (1st Harper pbk ed. ed.). New York: HarperCollins Publishers. p. 165. ISBN 0-06-174466-2. 
  6. ^ Carl Sifakis, The Mafia Encyclopedia, (Facts on File, 2005), p.271
  7. ^ DiStefano, Paul (2010). Behind criminal minds.. [S.l.]: Xlibris Corp. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-4535-8855-0. 
  8. ^ "Carmine "The Doctor" Lombardozzi". Dieland: The Mob: The Gambino Family. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (July 31, 2002). "For Sale, a House With Acreage. Connections Extra.; Site of 1957 Gangland Raid Is Part of Auction on Saturday". New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lombardozzi Gets Contempt Term". New York Times. December 1, 1964. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lombardozzi Held in Melee Involving Police in Brooklyn". New York Times. August 28, 1965. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Sibley, John (March 18, 1969). "Lombardozzi Gets Year in Jail On Perjury Before Grand Jury". New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Lombardozzi is Acquitted of One Conspiracy Charge". New York Times. September 27, 1970. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Lombardozzi Is Given 2 Years In Case Involving Stolen Checks". New York Times. June 13, 1970. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  15. ^ Seigel, Max H. (November 20, 1975). "Lombardozzi is Indicted With 6 on Perjury Counts". New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Reputed Loan Shark Faces Tax Charges". New York Times. April 16, 1991. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  17. ^ Pileggi, Nicholas (July 25, 1983). "Gangbusters". New York Magazine. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Carmine "The Doctor" Lombardozzi". Find A Grave. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
  • Davis, John H. Mafia Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the Gambino Crime Family. New York: HarperCollins, 1993. ISBN 0-06-016357-7
  • Kwitny, Jonathan. Vicious Circles: The Mafia in the Marketplace. New York: W.W. Norton, 1979. ISBN 0-393-01188-7
  • Summers, Anthony. Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1993. ISBN 0-399-13800-5
  • Weiss, Gary R. Born to Steal: When the Mafia Hit Wall Street. New York: Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-61398-3