Richard V. Gotti

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Richard V. Gotti (born 1942) is a capo in the Gambino crime family. Richard was born in 1942 to John Gotti, Sr. and his wife Fannie. Richard's brothers included deceased Gambino boss John, capo Gene, former boss Peter, and Vincent Gotti. Gotti has a son, Richard G. Gotti, who also belongs to the Gambino family. Gotti had a strange fascination with grass and would later work as a groundskeeper at Yankee Stadium. Gotti became a Gambino associate in 1962 and was first arrested in 1969 for statutory rape. Gotti was given the job of general manager for the Our Friends Social Club, at his brother John's urging. Gotti and an accomplice once tried to rob a high-stakes poker game in a Manhattan hotel room. Brandishing sawed-off shotguns, they demanded the players turn over their money. Hardly bothering to look up from their cards, the players told them to go to hell. The players then began throwing poker chips at them and chased them off down the hallway. By 1988, Gotti had become a made man and by 1999 a caporegime.

On June 4, 2002, Richard was indicted on racketeering and extortion charges, mainly involving Gambino crimes at an International Longshoremen's Association local and the attempted extortion of actor Steven Seagal.[1] On March 17, 2003, Gotti was convicted of extortion and money laundering.[2] Gotti was later sentenced to 16 years in federal prison. He was released from prison on August 12, 2005.[3]


  1. ^ "U.S. Indicts Gotti Brothers, Saying They Operated Dock Rackets" By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM New York Times June 5, 2002
  2. ^ "Peter Gotti Is Convicted In Mob Trial" By WILLIAM GLABERSON New York Times March 18, 2003
  3. ^ Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator

Further reading[edit]

  • Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti by Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci in 2002, ISBN 0-02-864416-6.
  • Gotti: The Rise & Fall by Jerry Capeci in 1996, ISBN 0-451-40681-8.
  • Mafia Dynasty: The Rise & Fall of the Gambino Crime Family by John H. Davis in 1994, ISBN 0-06-109184-7.
  • Goombata: The Improbable Rise and Fall of John Gotti and His Gang by John Cummings and Ernest Volkman