Domenico Cefalù

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Domenico Cefalù
Born 1947 (age 69–70)
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Nationality Italian
Other names "Italian Dom", "Greaseball", "Dom from 18th Avenue"
Known for Boss of the Gambino crime family
Parent(s) Frank and Catherine Cefalù

Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalù, (pronounced "che-fah-LOO") also known as "Greaseball" and "Dom from 18th Avenue" (born 1947) is the former boss of the Gambino crime family and leader of the organization's Sicilian faction.[1][2]


Cefalù was born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1947. After moving to the United States, Cefalù got involved in organized crime and started smuggling heroin for the Gambino crime family. In 1982, he was convicted of heroin smuggling and served six years in prison. In 1991, Gambino boss John Gotti inducted Cefalù as a made man, or full member, into the Gambino family.[3] Cefalù was a member of the Sicilian "Zip" crew headed by captain Pasquale Conte and based in Queens and Brooklyn.

In 1992, a New York grand jury summoned Cefalù to testify in an investigation of Conte. After answering a few questions, Cefalù refused to testify. The judge sentenced Cefalù to 18 months in jail for civil contempt. On February 23, 1993, Cefalù was summoned to testify in Conte's trial, but again refused. On February 6, 1994, Cefalù was released from jail. However, on February 6, 1994, Cefalù was indicted on criminal contempt for refusing to testify at Conte's trial.[4] In 1996, convicted of criminal contempt, the court sentenced Cefalù to 33 months in prison.[5]

In 2005, Cefalù was named family underboss by street boss and former ally of John Gotti, Jackie D'Amico.[6] One of his main responsibilities was overseeing the Sicilian faction of the Gambino family.

On February 7, 2008, Cefalù was indicted on multiple charges of racketeering conspiracy and extortion as part of the Operation Old Bridge investigation of the Gambino family. The extortion charges came from the trucking industry, which hauls away dirt excavated from construction projects.[7] Cefalù accepted a plea agreement from the prosecution in exchange for a guilty plea that could have resulted in his spending up to three years in prison.[8] Cefalù was sentenced to 24 months in prison.[9] On November 3, 2009, Cefalù was released from federal prison.[10] Cefalù currently resides in Brooklyn and lives with his mother. His legitimate employment is as a salesman for a bakery.

In July 2011, Cefalù became the official boss of the Gambino crime family. His ascension was seen as a return to the old-fashioned way of running a Mafia family.[1] He replaced Peter Gotti, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002 while a series of acting bosses and ruling panels was used to run the family. This also marked the end of the John Gotti era of the Gambino family.[1]


American Mafia
Preceded by
Nicholas "Little Nick" Corozzo
as acting boss
Gambino crime family

Succeeded by
Francesco "Frank" Cali