Ozone Park Boys
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
The Ozone Park Boys, also known as "Liberty Posse" and "The Young Guns" are a Gambino crime family Mafia crew based in Ozone Park, Queens. They are infamous for their massive number of crimes, including an illegal $30 million-a-year sports gambling enterprise.
Ronald Trucchio, nicknamed “Ronnie One-Arm” due to a childhood accident that left him unable to use his right arm, is the Caporegime of the crew. He identified potential victims and helped plan crimes. He also acted as an intermediary with other organized crime interests. Damian Ely Bachovacchi, also known as David Ely Quaker, a Woodhaven, Queens native and a known captain of the crew, played a significant role in organizing and enforcing rackets in both Boston and South Boston and even as far north as Maine. Along with Bachovacchi, Kevin "Capone" Antinuche and Gennaro "Gerry" Bruno, are currently the alleged crew leaders.
Other notable members include Robert “Bucks” Bucholz, Peter "Bud" Zuccaro, Joey Carr, Frank Roccaforte, Joseph Kondrotos, Valentino Nucci, Darrin Sirrota, James "Jimmy" Unknown, Dave Prevete,Todd Patrick Mitchell,Dave 'Three Fingers' Lortal, Seb 'Fringe' Latour and Edward "Eddie Wrecker" Callegari, Michael "Pippi" Fiducia and Alexander "Youngblood" Colon
Since as early as 1986, this crew has been responsible for auto theft and "chop shop" operations, book making, racketeering, murder, robbery, arms trafficking, arson, assault, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, drug trafficking, tampering with witnesses, retaliating against witnesses, credit card fraud, identity theft, illegal gambling, intrastate travel in aid of racketeering activities, interference with commerce by threats and violence, interstate transportation of stolen property, insurance fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, wire fraud, and thefts from interstate shipments.
They organized theft of automobile and automobile parts throughout the New York metropolitan area. "The crew members stole specific cars and car parts on order and dismantled the stolen cars in several chop shops in the New York area", the government said, adding that the group also used the shops to facilitate credit card fraud, insurance fraud and robbery conspiracy.
Crew members stole credit cards and account information from the U.S. mail and thereafter purchased consumer goods from merchants in New York and Florida. "The crew participated in violent armed robberies of businesses and individuals during which victims were kidnapped and assaulted", the government alleged.
Members of the criminal crew traveled from New York to South Florida to commit robberies and traffic drugs, as well as perform credit card fraud and illegal weapons sales. In 1999 Damian Ely Bachovacchi was sentenced to five years for interstate drug trafficking, weapons possession and witness tampering. He was released on parole after serving only thirty-four months leading many to believe that Bachovacchi had an "inside man". Although he quickly rs, the government has failed in every attempt to indict him. In 2004 the Federal government had a sealed indictment for Bachovacchi which was never handed down due to a "sudden" disappearance of suspects. To this day literally hundreds of files that are linked to The Ozone Park Boys / Young guns remain unsolved. The government also said the crew transported stolen property from Florida to New York and also engaged in numerous armed bank robberies in the New York area.
In 1995, nightclub bouncer Vincent D'Angola and his massage-therapist girlfriend, Jamie Schneider, were found dead in D'Angola's Fort Lauderdale apartment. The next day, the bullet-riddled body of Little League coach Mark Rizzuto was found in Boca Raton. Federal and local authorities have linked the crew to these three unsolved South Florida murders.
"The Trucchio organization" operated two separate wirerooms, first in the basement of an attached, one-family house at 149-29 122nd Street and thereafter in a third-floor apartment at 89-07 North Conduit Avenue, both in Ozone Park. Fiducia, a known mob enforcer and protégé of Bartolomeo "Bobby Glasses" Vernace was said to be the collector by a confidential informant of the gambling debts.
The crew has been in operation for over two decades.
In December 2000, Trucchio and his son, Alphonse, were arrested along with most of the crew for operating a $30 million-a-year sports gambling enterprise in Ozone Park. Trucchio was also charged with failing to file New York State tax returns for the years 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Roccaforte, allegedly was the clerk in the gambling operation who answered phones at the wirerooms, recorded wagers called in by bettors and recorded those wagers on tally sheets.
In July 2004, a new indictment was instated against the mobsters, claiming that while behind bars in prison, they made weapons and planned to attack people at a court hearing. They also claimed that the mobsters planned hits on several prosecutors and witnesses against them.
In 2006, Ronald Trucchio was sentenced to life in prison.