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The Windows Trail[edit]

The Window Trail (May 31, 1990–October 10, 1991) was a criminal trial in New York City, USA. Using evidence obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, fifteen organized crime figures, in four of the "Five Families" were indicted by United States Attorney General Dick Thornburgh under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) on conspiracy and tax fraud charges.



On May 31, 1990 fifteen men were indicted on conspiracy and tax fraud charges.

Name Association Position Notes
Vincent "the Chin" Gigante Genovese crime family Boss
Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano Underboss
Dominic "Baldy Dom" Canterino Caporegime
Joseph Zito Caporegime Released on $1 million bond
Vittorio "Vic" Amuso Lucchese crime family Boss Missing yesterday not arrested
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso Underboss Missing yesterday not arrested
Peter "Fat Pete" Chiodo Caporegime Released on $1 million bond
John "Sonny Blue" Morrissey Associate Missing yesterday not arrested. Later revealed was murdered.
Joseph "Joe Cakes" Marion Associate Released on $1 million bond
Peter "One Eye" Gotti Gambino crime family Caporegime Released on $1 million bond
Caesar Gurino Associate
Benedetto "Benny" Aloi Colombo crime family Consigliere
Dennis DeLucia Soldier Released on $1 million bond
Vincent "Three fingers" Ricciardo Associate
Thomas McGowan Business agent in Local 580 Released on $1 million bond

The four crime families monopolized the selection of contractors for the manufacture and installation of more than one million windows. The Mafia leaders determined who would bid for most contracts to replace or install windows for the New York City Housing Authority, the indictment said.(NYT Suspected....)

The trail began on May 8, 1991, Victor Amuso and Anthony Casso were fugitive's.

  • Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful ... By Selwyn Raab p. 498
  • The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia By Guy Lawson, William Oldham p. 127.
  • Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss By Philip Carlo p. 224
  • Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated from the Grip of Organized Crime By James B. Jacobs, Coleen Friel, Robert Raddick p. 289
  1. Vittorio (Vic) Amuso boss of the Lucchese crime family; missing yesterday not arrested
  2. Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso underboss of the Lucchese family; missing yesterday not arrested
  3. Peter (Fat Pete) Chido capo in the Lucchese family; released on $1 million bond
  4. John (Sonny Blue) Morrissey associate in the Lucchese family; missing yesterday not arrested
  5. Joseph (Joe Cakes) Marion associate in the Lucchese family; released on $1 million bond
  6. Vincent (the Chin) Gigante boss of the Genovese crime family
  7. Venero (Benny Eggs) Mangano underboss of the Genovese family
  8. Dominic (Baldy Dom) Canterino capo in the Genovese family
  9. Joseph Zito capo in the Genovese family; released on $1 million bond
  10. Peter Gotti capo in Gambino family; released on $1 million bond
  11. Caesar Gurino associate of the Gambino family
  12. Benedetto (Benny) Aloi consiglieri in Colombo family
  13. Dennis DeLucia soldier in the Colombo family; released on $1 million bond
  14. Vincent (three fingers) Ricciardo associate of the Colombo family
  15. Thomas McGowan a business agent in Local 580; released on $1 million bond

From 1978 to 1990 four, of the Five New York City crime families (Lucchese, Genovese, Gambino and Colombo) formed a cartel that controlled the sale and installation of thousands of energy-efficient windows in New York City housing projects.

"Colombo family mobsters Benedetto Aloi and Dennis DeLucia along with Genovese family mobster Venero Mangano were found guilty. ... Peter Savino, a Genovese associate testified that the bid-rigging scheme began more than 10 years ago but that it ceased for awhile and that he revived it in his role as a Government informer in 1988. Local 580 received the payoffs and passed on a substantial share to the Lucchese crime family, the prosecutors charged. They said three other crime families -- Genovese, Colombo and Gambino -- controlled various window companies that provided profits and kickbacks. Two more mobsters who became informers, Philip Leonetti and Peter Chiodo, testified about their roles in the Mafia."
"Colombo family's Benedetto Aloi was given 16 years and 8 months; Genovese family's Venero Mangano received 15 years and 8 months and each man was also fined $100,000. Colombo family's Dennis DeLucia, was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months and fined $25,000." .....

UC Lucchese Bonanno[edit]

How a Jewish-born NYPD detective went undercover as a mobster to help take down Bonanno, Luchese gun ring BY Graham Rayman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, September 16, 2017, 6:00 PM

It was the acting job of a lifetime, but you won’t see his name on a marquee. For nearly three years from 1999 into 2002, a Jewish-born NYPD detective raised in Flushing posed as an Italian mobster moving between two factions of the Bonanno and Luchese crime families. He took on the persona of Vincent Spinelli, a dangerous truck hijacker and gun-runner with a warehouse full of swag. He wore gold watches and drove a Mercedes. After the indictments came down in those cases, Spinelli switched gears entirely and joined the elite Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2002 under his real name. He spent the next 11 years chasing terrorists threatening to hit New York and, later, Afghani drug lords as a consultant with U.S. Special Forces. “I’ve had an interesting life,” Spinelli, 47, told the Daily News. “I had opportunities that a lot of people don’t have. Now, I live to play golf.” The News is withholding his real name at his request for security reasons. Spinelli’s adrenaline-rich undercover career began in earnest in 1998 after he helped take down a major drug operation, which had basically annexed an entire apartment complex in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. That case and other successes landed him in the coveted Organized Crime Investigation Division. There, he was assigned to work with Detectives Richie Fagan and Billy Gillespie – two men who would mentor him and become his close friends. “He came highly recommended but we weren’t sure what to do with him,” Fagan recalled. “We were thinking about making him a corrupt government official.” It took an informant to make the decision. Gillespie got word of a Bonanno gun ring operating out of the Aquarius Social Club on Waterbury Ave. in the Schuylerville neighborhood of the Bronx. It was controlled by Capo Patrick (Patty from the Bronx) DeFilippo. Gillespie brought Spinelli to a meeting with the informant in January 1999. “Billy asked him, ‘Can you introduce us to them?’” Spinelli said. “The informant pointed to me and said, ‘Yeah, he would work.’ And that’s how it got started: a five-minute conversation.” To play the role, the Jewish kid from Flushing had to learn the lingo and customs of the mob, and that started with regular visits to the A. Reali Gourmet Deli on Utopia Parkway in Auburndale, Queens. “They had some good food there,” he said. “I told the three old ladies working there I was writing a story and asked them questions about food; how to properly pronounce certain foods.” Meanwhile, Fagan and Gillespie wiped NYPD personnel records of his existence, gave him a criminal record, a new driver’s license, a new apartment and a business with a warehouse. Fagan said they started calling him Vincent months before sending him into the social club. “Everyone in the office did it so he would respond to it naturally,” he said. “Wise guys pick up on that stuff in a second.” They filled the warehouse with fake high-end goods, like counterfeit Movado watches and Tommy Hilfiger jeans. They borrowed nice suits, diamond rings, gold chains and watches from the evidence unit for him to wear. His role was to buy guns from the gangsters, as many as he could, and pick up on whatever other crimes the mobsters were involved in. His first meeting in 1999 with Luchese soldier John Donnadio to sell him Movado watches was at Satin Dolls, the New Jersey strip club that the makers of “The Sopranos” used as a model for their Bada Bing jiggle joint. “At the table, he liked to be the center of attention,” Spinelli said. “If I had a good score, I would take him away from the table and tell him and gave him his cut.” The 300-pound DeFilippo, on the other hand, was more old school. “He was the anti-Gotti,” he said. “He didn’t say much. He took you on walks to talk business. But we had a camera in his club, and we cloned his pager and his cellphone.” Pretty soon, Spinelli was a regular at the social clubs and strip clubs like Lace in Midtown or Sue’s Rendezvous in Mount Vernon, hanging with a whole roster of mobsters over steak and lobster dinners, and doing gun deal after gun deal. He would buy guns from them and sell them stuff from his warehouse. Meanwhile, his fellow detectives were sitting outside in a van recording what was said. “He was like a chameleon,” Fagan said. “Part of it was the fact that he grew up in the city. He could just walk into any place and was able to engage these guys.” He was still working for a bureaucracy, though. He was reminded of this the time that an NYPD accountant asked him to provide receipts for his high restaurant tabs. “I said, ‘Who am I going to ask for a receipt?’” he said. “That’s just not going to work.” Testing him out, the mobsters started taking him on collection runs. In one, a down-and-out button salesman in the garment district who owed a big gambling debt begged for more time. “One of the guys just wanted to kick the sh-- out of him,” he said. “I calmed everything down and the guy promised to pay.” Spinelli said beyond some light questioning, the mobsters didn’t really closely examine who he was. “Every time we were out, we had a good time, cracking jokes, laughing. We got along,” he said. “I was bringing in money. They were happy with that. And all the things we were doing, they weren't getting arrested. Beyond that, they never really questioned me.” But he did have a couple of close calls. One time, he was standing in a reception line at a mobster’s mother’s funeral and he realized, being Jewish, he had no idea how to genuflect the right way. He rushed into a bathroom and called Fagan and said, “They’re all doing the sign of the cross. You gotta tell me how to do it quick.” Another night, he went to a police wake and then to a restaurant to meet the mobsters. A woman who had been at the funeral tapped him on the shoulder. “I said ‘I don't know you,’” he said. “She insisted. I said you got the wrong guy, leave me alone. I felt horrible after that, but the guys were watching.” On another night, he was out on a double date using his real identity. Donnadio’s brother and another member of the crew showed up with their dates. “I see them and say to myself ‘Oh f---,” he said. “We paid the check and got out the door.” At one point, FBI agents inadvertently photographed him leaving a social club, not knowing he was an undercover cop. His team also had him arrested just to allay any suspicion from the mobsters. And then there was the night he was ordered to drive to Yonkers with three of the mobsters to kill a rival associate who beat up Donnadio’s brother. With his NYPD team watching, Spinelli parked the car under a streetlight. “When he comes driving up, his headlights go into our cars, and he sees four goons in the car, and he takes off,” he said. “He later had to pay a $10,000 fine to settle up.” In the fall of 2001 and early 2002, the indictments came down in the Luchese and Bonanno cases from Manhattan grand juries. His work enabled law enforcement to seize 240 guns, a lot of ecstasy pills and, according to Fagan, develop new informants that helped them on future cases. “We know that somewhere on that table of guns or floor of guns we saved someone’s life,” Spinelli said. Everyone associated with the case, except DeFilippo, pleaded guilty. The cases were yet more evidence of the decline of the Mafia. “Over the years, all the big bosses flipped, but as long as you have gambling, you’ll have the mob,” he said. “Only, instead of having the wire room in someone’s house, you send it to Costa Rica.” In 2002, in the post 9/11 era, Spinelli moved on to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he worked highly sensitive terrorism investigations until he retired in 2013.


Lucchese 2016[edit]

46 Charged in Mafia Racketeering Conspiracy By ELI ROSENBERGAUG. 4, 2016 ........ "Joseph Merlino, whom they believe to be the boss of the so-called Philadelphia crime family; Eugene O’Nofrio, a Genovese capo known as Rooster, who they said was in charge of crews on Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood; and Pasquale Parrello, who is believed to be a capo in the Genovese organization.

Some of the trouble revolved around a gambling club in Yonkers that prosecutors said was operated by another defendant, Anthony Zinzi, nicknamed Anthony Boy, and other associates, who used profits to pay tribute to Mr. Parrello. When a rival’s nearby club grew to be more successful, another defendant, Mark Maiuzzo, nicknamed Stymie, found the rival’s car and lit it on fire in March 2011, according to the indictment."

Meldish Murder and Bronx Lebanon Hospital Racketeering 2017[edit]

On May 31, 2017 nineteen members and associates of the Luchese Crime Family were indicted and charged with racketeering, murder, narcotics, and firearms offenses.[1][2] The indictment builds on charges previously filed against Lucchese soldier Christopher Londonio and Lucchese associate Terrence Caldwell who were charged in February 2017 with racketeering offenses, including the murder of Michael Meldish in the Bronx on November 15, 2013.[3] Those charged in the indictment were Street Boss Matthew Madonna, Underboss Steven Crea Sr., Consigliere Joseph DiNapoli, Capo Steven Crea Jr., Capo Dominic Truscello, Capo John Castelucci, Acting Capo Tindaro Corso, Soldier(s) Joseph Venice, James Maffucci, Joseph Datello, Paul Cassano, Christopher Londonio and Associate(s) Terrence Caldwell, Vincent Bruno, Brian Vaughan, Carmine Garcia, Richard O'Connor, Robert Camilli and John Incatasciato.[1][2][4][5]

Lucchese ect[edit]

(Italian: lucchese, Italian pronunciation: [lukˈkeːse]) (English: lucchese, English pronunciation: /lukézi/) :.


  • Crea 2010, Boss.....pp.9
  • Crea 2010; boss pp.7

Labor Racketeering name for section about unions

  • Garment district: rackets Lucchese Family
  1. Solidarity for sale: how corruption destroyed the labor movement and Underminded America's Promise by Robert Fitch p.205-209


  • Lucchese & Trafficante alliance;
  • Associate, Steven LaPella (2010) informant.

Lucchese mob[edit]

  • Tommy Lucchese, lived here 1952. ...
  • [4] list of Lucchese crime family members
  • Joseph "Joe Palisades" Rosato; - the husband of Lucchese's sister Rose.. [8] Rosato was involved in the Garment District rackets. In 1963, government witness Joseph Valachi identified Rosato as a Lucchese capo in public hearings.
  • NAME: JOSEPH LARATRO DOB: February 17, 1916 A * : Joey Narrow ADDRESS : l2 Bouton Road, Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, New York BUSINESS M. LoBosco Scrap Metals, Inc., l26-17 38th Avenue, INTERESTS: Corona, Queens, New York MARITAL STATUS: Wife - Marion FAMILY: Luchese POSITION: Lieutenant Joseph Laratro is active in policy, shylocking and extortion. Laratro sold his interest in LoBosco Scrap Metals, Inc. in 1967. Laratro controls a gambling operation in ...

Report of the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Crime, Its Causes, Control & Effect on Society The Committee, 1971 - Crime - 101 pages (legal Casso (pic) Cutia .. Cutia nd Lubrano


  • Luigi "Louis Beans" Foceri and Frank Bellino who both were former vice-presidents of Local 20 union began they were extorting the concrete industry

Foceri-Louis Louie Beans 1922-89 Vincent[B] 1950-80's Soli

Foceri-Vincent Vinnie Beans 1918-79 Louis[B] 1950-70's Capo

Casso was assigned to Vincent "Vinnie Beans" Foceri's crew that operated from 116th Street in Manhattan and from Fourteenth Avenue in Brooklyn

Vincent Foceri aka Vinny Beans (1918-) was a captain in the Lucchese crime family. He was a known heroin trafficker and had two convictions involving that drug. His crime sheet also mentions four bookmaking convictions. He was close to Carmine Tramunti, one time acting boss of the family. His crew operated from 116th Street in Manhattan and from Fourteenth Avenue in Brooklyn and once contained future underboss Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso. He served as Lucchese family consigliere from 1973-1981 and then allegedly retired from organized crime.

In the 1970s, former consigliere Vincent “Vinnie Beans” Foceri (Foceri) controlled Local 20 for the Luchese family.  Mouw Decl. & 27.  Upon Foceri’s death, responsibility for the local fell to Luchese capo Chris “Christy Tick” Furnari Sr. (Furnari Sr.), who later became the Luchese consiglieri.  Mouw Decl. ¶ 27.  Furnari Sr. exercised control over Local 20 through Luchese soldier Frank Bellino and Local 20 official Charles Dolcimascolo.  Tr. 32.   11.     In the mid-1980s, Furnari Sr. was incarcerated as a result of the prosecution of numerous Commission members.  Id.  Control of the local went to his son, Chris Furnari Jr. (Furnari Jr.), who ultimately became Local 20’s Business Manager.  Tr. 32, 33; Mouw Decl. & 27.  After a falling out with the new Luchese family boss, Furnari Jr. was dismissed from the family and sent to Florida.  Tr. 33. Control then passed to Pete Chiodo and George Zappola.  Id.   12.     For the past ten years, Dom Truscello has been the capo in charge of Local 20.  Id.  He exercises control over the local through union member Joe Datello.  Id.


Migliore .. (Defede informant (joe Cardi LI Consi (cardi under (indictment 24 mob Daidone not arrested, Cardi listed as under - Dec 2002)


  1. ^ a b United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York (May 31, 2017). "Alleged Street Boss And Underboss Of La Cosa Nostra Family Charged With Murder And Racketering Offenses In White Plains Federal Court". Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Jacobs, Shayna (May 31, 2017). "Luchese bosses among 15 cuffed in massive New York mob takedown". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ Whitehouse, Kaja (February 13, 2017). "Lucchese crime family members busted in murder of relative". New York Post. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Whitehouse, Kaja (May 31, 2017). "Nearly two dozen Lucchese crime family members arrested". New York Post. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ Vincent, Isabel (June 4, 2017). "Lucchese crime family funneled millions from hospital project". New York Post. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference deport Lucchese NY Times 1952 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation. "The New Jersey Garment Industry". April 1991. (p. 27) [1]
  8. ^ McClellan Chart (1963) "Racketeering Relatives"

Genovese Past members[edit]


The Silent Gangster: Chapter Five

Lucian pic..

Renaldi Ruggiero[edit]

Renaldi "Ray" Ruggiero – former capo of in South Florida. Ruggiero was promoted to capo in 2003 controlling rackets in South Florida couties of Broward and Palm Beach.[1] In 2006, Ruggiero, Albert Facchiano and other members of his crew were arrested and charged with extortion, robbery and money laundering.[2] He pleaded guilty to racketeering in 2007.[1] In February 2012, Ruggiero's sentence was cut in half because of his cooperation with the government.[1]

Steven Franse[edit]

Steven Franse (1895–1953), was a former soldier who was a close associate to Vito Genovese.[3] In 1937, Genovese fled to Italy leaving Franse in charge of his business interests and looking after his wife Anna.[3] When Genovese returned to New York his wife Anna sued for divorce and revealed information about his legal and illegal business interests.[3] Genovese blamed Franse for his wife's defection and ordered capo Anthony Strollo, to set up Franse's murder.[4] On June 18, 1953, Joseph Valachi lured Franse to his restaurant in the Bronx, there Franse was strangled to death by Pasquale Pagano and Fiore Siano (Valachi's nephew).[4]


  • Sifakis, Carl The Mafia Encyclopedia

Angelo Ponte (needs work)[edit]

Angelo Ponte was an assoicate in the Genovese crime family active in carting rackets. ..

He was careful to cultivate political connections, and managed to have himself named a Knight of Malta by the Roman Catholic Church. Ponte was a target of the operation wasteland investigation. On January 28, 1997 he pled guilty to participating in a Mafia run operation to control and manipulate the cartage business in New York City.[5] He is the founder of F. Illi Ponte Ristorante on the West Side highway and has extensive real estate holdings throughout the lower west side of Manhattan..

BY Tom Robbins (December 17, 1995) New York Daily News.

Charles Tuzzo[edit]

Arthur Nigro[edit]



- [8]


  • Morello & Lupo:
  1. The World's work, Volume 26 "The New Chief of Secret Service" by Frank Marshall White p.33-39
  2. The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and The Birth of the American Mafia by Mike Dash View "Morello family tree"
  • Fortunato Lomonte.
  1. Gangrule: Fortunato Lomonte (Morello cousin)

  • [9] The Genovese crime family often referred to as the Ivy League of organized crime has been one of the more low key New York mafia families for decades. Who exactly has been in control of the Cosa Nostra powerhouse has been a topic of debate for some time. According to multiple sources quoted by Jerry Capeci and ganglandnews, including those in law enforcement circles Liborio “Barney” Bellomo is allegedly the current Genovese family boss. The 59 year old mobster has been calling the shots and sitting atop the ranks of the family very quietly for the last few years according to reports. Bellomo has been a powerful member of he family for years and was appointed as acting boss in the late 1980’s by then boss Vincent Gigante.

According to the report Bellomo learned a lot from former boss Gigante and is using a street boss to relay orders to the family’s capos and soldiers. Long time capo Peter “Petey Red” DiChiara now allegedly serves as the families “street boss” or in somewhat of an acting boss capacity for Bellomo. The infamous Gigante used a similar arrangement years ago in his heyday electing Fat Tony Salerno to serve as an upfront boss helping to keep him under law enforcement’s radar. But one source claimed it was clear Bellomo was the boss and it was one reason why mobsters from both the Bronx and Brooklyn have been making their way to a social club owned by Petey Red in lower Manhattan.

Bellomo has been on the feds radar for years and his seven year reign as acting boss for Gigante from 1989-96 ended in an indictment. He was sent to prison for 12 years after copping a plea on two racketeering indictments in which he was accused or ordering multiple mob hits. He was able to skate around the murder charges by pleading guilty to extortion and served his time from 1996 to 2008. He has been extremely low key and squeaky clean since his 2008 release, which included three years of supervised release. But law enforcement sources claim even though it hasn’t been proven that he has committed a crime since then there is no doubt he is the Genovese family boss.

Mafia control of the New York newspaper rackets shifts families

New York mafia has long maintained a very profitable racket by keeping its hooks in the distribution of New York newspapers in both NY and New Jersey. The mafia newspaper racket has been controlled for the last several years by the Bonanno crime family but times are changing as the beleaguered family losses its grip. Mob sources confirm that powerful Genovese crime family captain Peter “Petey Red” DiChiara has taken control of the mob local newspaper rackets. The Bonanno family continues to lose ground as other families including the Genovese family have once again began to re-establish themselves to an extent as law enforcement focuses more efforts on anti-terrorism. The 72 year old DiChiara although not all that well known is said to be a powerful member of the Genovese family operating out of his social club in Knickerbocker Village. According to sources he used his connections with members and high ranking officials inside two newspapers worker unions to grab control. Payoffs from the racket come from kickbacks and payoffs from the a bootlegging scheme which has stolen magazines and newspapers delivered by non union workers. The elder mobster was busted back in 2001 on gambling, extortion, and money laundering charges after mob associate Michael “Cookie” D’Urso turned rat and wore a wire for feds for three years. He and several members of his crew were taken down and Peter Red ended up doing 63 months. When he returned to the streets along with members of his crew his Market Street social club once again became a hotbed of NY mafia activity according to the feds. It was clear the elder wiseguy was back in action on behalf of the Genovese family. In 2008 Peter Red was being investigated by organized crime detectives along with members of the Newspaper and Mail Deliveries and Mailer Unions for involvement in a check cashing and tax evasion scheme. According to the investigation it involved the use of a shell company to hide illegal payoffs and kickbacks received by the men from the non union drivers bootlegging scheme. To date prosecutors have yet to be able to make a case against DiChiara or any of the Union members for the alleged money laundering and check cashing scams or any form of labor racketeering they investigated.


  1. ^ a b c McMahon, Paula (February 15, 2012). "South Florida mobster's prison sentence cut in half". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Alleged head of Florida Mafia ring arrested: Six others also detained in connection with Genovese crime family". Associated Press. June 30, 2006. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Sifakis pp. 172
  4. ^ a b The Dying of the Light: The Joseph Valachi Story by Thomas L. Jones (TruTv Crime Library)
  5. ^ "Trash Carter Pleads Guilty to Corruption" New York Times, January 28, 1997 [2]


Venero Mangano[edit]

Venero (Benny Eggs) Mangano, longtime underboss of Genovese family, dead at 95 BY Larry Mcshane NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, August 18, 2017, 5:45 PM

Venero (Benny Eggs) Mangano (c.) passed away in Greenwich Village, the neighborhood where he ran his operations.

Legendary mobster Venero “Benny Eggs” Mangano, the hard-boiled underboss of the Genovese crime family under Vincent (The Chin) Gigante, died Friday. He was 95. The old-school Mangano passed away in Greenwich Village, the neighborhood where he spent most of his life and ran his operations out of a Thompson St. social club. Mangano was among the most highly respected Mafiosi among New York’s five organized crime families, rising through the ranks to serve as Gigante’s right-hand man. The longtime Chin loyalist infamously refused to testify at Gigante’s 1997 federal trial when called to the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse by prosecutors.

“What do you want to do, shoot me?” snapped tough guy Mangano. “Shoot me, but I'm not going to answer any questions. I’m tired of these charades.” The mob veteran invoked the Fifth Amendment twice, his dignity and oath of omerta remaining intact. The resolutely old-school Mangano made his exit without giving an inch — or a useful answer — to the feds.

The made man kept his mouth shut across more than 13 years in prison before his Nov. 2, 2006, release. He reportedly returned to serve as part of a rotating panel of veterans overseeing the Genovese family once released.

He was jailed for a 1991 conviction in the “Windows Case,” where the mob made tens of millions of dollars installing new windows in city housing projects. Mangano held the line against the city’s other crime families when they pressed for a bigger piece of the $151 million in business generated by the scam. “It’s all ours,” Mangano declared when the Lucheses and the Gambinos complained about the arrangement. “Nobody’s supposed to touch it.” Mangano’s nickname stemmed from an egg store once run by his mother, back before he served as a World War II tail gunner — with two D-Day bombing runs among his 33 missions.

Mangano’s nickname stemmed from an egg store once run by his mother, back before he served as a World War II tail gunner. (Anthony Pescatore/New York Daily News) The future gangster earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and an air medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and three Battle Stars for his heroism over Europe. Mangano grew up in the Village as did Gigante, joining the Chin’s crew before his ascension to boss in 1981. The pair was even indicted together nine years later as co-defendants in the Windows case. Mangano was busted four times for bookmaking, and once served eight months in jail for refusing to testify in a Pennsylvania prosecution. His legitimate business was M&J Enterprises, a company that purchased leftover designer clothing for resale overseas. Among his clients: Fashion icon Calvin Klein..

Genovese busted uc[edit]

Undercover G-Man Stings The Powerful Genovese Crime Family August 11, 2016 This Week in Gang Land By Jerry Capeci

Undercover G-Man Stings The Powerful Genovese Crime Family

Shades of Joe Pistone and Big Jack Garcia! A young FBI agent has joined the ranks of those undercover icons by accomplishing the unthinkable: He has stung the Ivy League of organized crime in New York — the powerful, sophisticated Genovese crime family. Posing as a wannabe wiseguy for three plus years, the G-man got close enough to two family capos to tape-record numerous discussions about the crime family's rackets.

Law enforcement sources spoke with awe of the undercover work that led to last week's blockbuster indictment. Among the 46 mobsters and associates of five families snared was Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino and three Genovese capos. They said the results of the agent's secret mission were so good, and linked so many defendants to so many crimes, that it took four months longer for prosecutors to obtain racketeering charges than they had originally planned.

Authorities say the agent — and a mob turncoat who vouched for the G-man — recorded "thousands of hours" of discussions to snare the defendants in a laundry list of criminal activity. The racketeering case alleges illegal gun sales, arson, assault, extortion, credit card scams and health care fraud in addition to the mob's moneymaking staples of bookmaking and loansharking.

"What the undercover did was amazing," said one law enforcement official. "He started out driving, waiting in the car outside while the wiseguys went inside. Then he progressed where he was invited inside to meetings at restaurants and other places. And the FBI had an agent sitting at the table wearing a recorder as capos and other made guys were discussing their business."

Despite his growing acceptance, the ever-wary Genovese leadership still remained out of sight. Sources say the agent "wasn't close" to being proposed for membership, and never met family boss Liborio (Barney) Bellomo, or other top family leaders. But he was a "trusted" associate who drove his immediate mob superiors to the lower Manhattan social club on Market Street run by Peter (Petey Red) DiChiara, whom Gang Land disclosed in February to be a "street boss" for the closeted Bellomo.

Merlino, 54, and two capos, Pasquale (Patsy) Parrello, 72, the owner of Pasquale's Rigoletto in the Bronx, and Eugene (Rooster) O'Nofrio, a convicted cocaine dealer based in Connecticut, are among a handful of arrested defendants who are behind bars as dangers to the community.

According to a court filing, the agent, identified in the indictment as UC-1, served as a driver for O'Nofrio. He "captured hundreds of hours of inculpatory conversations involving O'Nofrio and others" during the last two years of the sting as the 74-year-old capo oversaw the family's Springfield Massachusetts crew as well as one that operated on Mulberry Street.

All told, the sting operation lasted about four and a half years, according to a prosecution memo that sought to detain 11 of the 41 defendants who were arrested in the tri-state area, in Springfield, and in Florida, where Merlino remains behind bars. Two defendants, including Genovese capo Conrad Ianniello, were already in prison on other charges. Three are fugitives.

The investigation began in late 2011, after a longtime Parrello cohort flipped after being jammed up by the Westchester District Attorney's office for an assault when a wiretap picked up two mob associates discussing a baseball bat beating of a panhandler who had bothered women customers of Patsy's restaurant. Gang Land is withholding his name — for now. Court papers say the cooperating witness, CW-1, and a now deceased gangster, Ronald (The Beast) Mastrovincenzo had assaulted the victim in the Bronx in a plot with defendants Israel (Buddy) Torres and Anthony (Anthony Boy) Zinzi. On tape, The Beast was heard explaining the assault to Zinzi: "Remember the old days in the neighborhood when we used to play baseball? A ball game like that was done."

It's unclear if the CW was implicated in other crimes before he turned, or the specifics of his deal, but on December 16, 2011, according to court papers, he tape recorded his first conversation for the feds. In it, he got Vinci to say that he "might have to throw bricks through windows" or have to "break knee caps" to resolve a dispute Parrello was having with a rival gambler whose game was undercutting one that Patsy controlled in Yonkers.

Sometime later, the cooperating witness,introduced the undercover agent around as being "with" Parrello, the Bronx mobster who hosted sitdowns and other business meetings at the popular restaurant he has owned for decades on Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section.

The sting moved into high gear in 2014, sources say, the same year O'Nofrio told the agent that he would soon be promoted to acting capo and take over Ianniello's two crews because the nephew of the late Genovese powerhouse Matthew (Matty The Horse) Ianniello had been convicted of unrelated racketeering charges and would begin a three year prison stretch.

That's when Rooster O'Nofrio "claimed" the UC, and when Parello delegated the CW to work closely with Merlino, especially with lucrative health care scams involving Medicare and other insurance plans that cover prescription pain creams that Skinny Joey was running in Florida, where he moved following his release from federal prison in 2011.

"You're with me now, you work for me now," O'Nofrio told the agent, according to one source.

Taking over Ianniello's crew was a big deal for Rooster, a Connecticut-based soldier. He was finally moving into the big time, he boasted, telling the agent that Ianniello had told him: "I'm going to put you at the helm. I want you acting (crew) boss. I already told them, I want you," according to a court filing.

"I had to go meet certain guys," O'Nofrio told the UC, according to the papers, "First time I met them. They said he (Ianniello) wants you."

On the tapes, O'Nofrio is heard implicating himself in selling untaxed cigarettes, extortion, and loansharking in talks with the agent and with CW-1, court papers say. "Again and again," the papers claim, Rooster "used threats of violence to collect debts." In snippets that cite him as a dangerous felon, he is quoted as saying that a cohort should "crack the guy's ****ing head" to get the money he was owed, and that O'Nofrio would hit another deadbeat "in the head with a ****ing hammer" if he didn't come across with the cash.

Sources say that from 2014 until March of this year, when the covert aspect of the investigation ended, the agent was meeting "almost every day with Rooster." This made life difficult not only for the UC but also for the under-staffed three-person FBI squad — agents William Inzerillo and Joy Adam, along with NYPD detective Andrew Macelhinney — that was running him. The team was with the G-Man all day and night, whenever he was "working," as one source put it.

None of them would talk about the undercover aspect of the case. The FBI, which consistently declines to discuss its reduction of resources against the mob, has also been mum. But several current and former agents who have been involved in other undercover operations agreed to speak anonymously. Most marveled at the accomplishments, of both the UC, and the short-staffed FBI squad that backed him up.

"There's a tremendous amount of grunt work," said one source who has been involved in several stings. "The undercover never goes out without backup, never goes somewhere alone. There are always agents on the outside; they're recording him, their surveilling him, they're there just in case (of a problem.)"

"The FBI hasn't had a guy in like that in more than 10 years," said one source, referring to Jack Garcia the Cuban-born superstar agent who infiltrated the Gambino family in 2003 and helped send more than 30 mobsters and associates to prison, including the family's hierarchy at the time.

"Informers and CWs do it, but anytime you are able to put a good guy at the same table with gangsters, it's a great accomplishment," said Garcia. "This is a law enforcement officer who walked among them, someone without criminal baggage. It's a great investigative technique. It gets information about their crimes. It shows weakness on their part, and it demoralizes the hell out of them, no matter how much their lawyers badmouth it in court."

"When you have a law enforcement officer pose as a bad guy, and convince these so-called wiseguys he's really one of them — and he infiltrates their so-called secret criminal society — it's a feather in the cap of law enforcement," said Garcia. "It's one for the good guys."

It Could Have Been Worse For Skinny Joey, But Not Much

He got hit with racketeering charges anyway, but Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino was spared four months of possibly incriminating conversations about gambling, mob sitdowns and alleged health care scams last year because of an agreement between federal prosecutors in New York and the City of Brotherly Love, Gang Land has learned.

Federal law enforcement sources in both cities say that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office initially asked its Philadelphia counterparts not to charge Merlino with violating his strict post-prison restrictions because jailing him would prevent a cooperating witness from taping conversations with him. But eventually it okayed the move by the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney's office to charge him.

As it turned out, Skinny Joey got four months behind bars, but served about 10 days less, when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the violation on technical gcolumn865.htmrounds, and he was released in early April of last year.

Merlino's three-year supervised release began on September 7, 2011. Less than three months before his restrictions would end, on June 18, 2014, he was spotted meeting Philadelphia wiseguy Joseph Ciacaglini. When FBI agents in New York learned about it, they informed prosecutors, who asked their counterparts to hold off because of their probe.

Initially they did. Eventually, though, according to several sources, New York prosecutor Andrea Kramer acquiesced in the move by the feds in Philly to charge Merlino with VOSR, and they did on August 26, of 2014. But since the official violation wasn't filed until after his supervision ended on September 6, 2014 the appeals court tossed it.

Sources say that months earlier, Genovese capo Patsy Parello released the wired up CW to work closely with Merlino in Florida.

Neither U.S. Attorney's office responded to a request for comment. Merlino, who has spent about half of his life behind bars, wise-cracked to Gang Land last year that his Court of Appeals victory means that next time the feds nail him, "They owe me four months."

But the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office decision to go along with the feds in Philadelphia was no laughing matter to several members of the multi-faceted New York probe that included the NYPD, the FBI, and the Westchester District Attorney's office. Said one: "If they had pushed, Philadelphia would have gone along, and we would have had a stronger case."

Sources say Merlino, who relocated to the Sunshine State when he got out of prison, was tape recorded several times by the task force's CW both in New York and in Florida, where he owns Merlino's, an Italian restaurant in Boca Raton, where he lives.

In court papers, prosecutors say that the "overwhelming proof of his guilt" that they have acquired against him in their probe, combined with his previous convictions for racketeering, show that Merlino is a danger to the community and is a threat to flee, and should be detained permanently until trial.

His detention hearing is slated to take place tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale Federal Court.

Preet's Prosecutors Go 0 For 5 In First Round Of Detention Hearings

The prosecution team that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara assembled for last week's major mob indictment hasn't done very well convincing federal judges in New York and Florida to lock up eleven defendants that prosecutors have deemed to be dangers to the community. As a matter of fact, they have done very badly.

The only gangsters who have been held without bail so far are six mobsters and associates who agreed to detention at their first appearance before a judge in order to come up with a suitable bail package to offer at a later proceeding when his attorney argues for bail.

Judges granted bail for all five defendants who have had bail hearings up until now, rejecting contentions by prosecutors Amanda Kramer, Abigail Kurlan, Jessica Lonergan, Jonathan Rebold, and Lauren Abinanti that they were dangers to the community, or threats to flee before trial.

The quintet includes Alex Conigliaro, 56, of Staten Island, a Genovese soldier charged with two extortions and gambling charges. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas ordered a $1 million personal recognizance bond, co-signed by three relatives and secured by $250,000 in property. Judges also set bail for mob associates Mitchell (Mitch) Fusco, 52, of Yonkers, Harold (Harry) Thomas, 71, and Anthony (Anthony Boy) Zinzi, 73, of the Bronx, and Pasquale (Pat C) Capolongo, of West Palm Beach.

Two defendants — Zinzi, who is at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, and Capolongo, who is detained in Florida — are still behind bars, however. Their releases were stayed when prosecutors filed notice they are appealing those findings to the Manhattan Federal Court Judge assigned to the case, Richard Sullivan.

New York Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses set a personal recognizance bond of $200,000 for Zinzi, a longtime Parrello associate with prior convictions for homicide and drug dealing. He is charged with arson, assault, three extortions, loansharking, and the illegal sale of weapons.

West Palm Beach Magistrate Judge William Matthewman set a $2 million personal recognizance bond co-signed by three relatives for Capolongo, 67, a longtime bookmaker-loanshark with a dozen prior convictions who is also currently waiting trial on racketeering charges in Florida.

In arguing for his detention, prosecutors contended that a 2014 conversation recorded by the Queens District Attorney's office showed that Pat C had placed a tracking device on the CW's car over a $30,000 debt and that he then encouraged a cohort to whack the CW if he had any trouble with him — without ever knowing that he was a cooperating witness.

"If Capolongo was willing to go to such lengths to collect a gambling debt, the government has grave concerns about what he would do in retaliation for cooperating with the government," the prosecutors stated in asking Judge Sullivan to overturn the Florida judge's decision.

In an 11-page ruling, Matthewman criticized the government for having a stand-in FBI agent from Miami with no first-hand knowledge of the case testify about what a New York agent had told him about Capolongo and the CW, and found that "the government's evidence that Capolongo constitutes a danger to CW-I and CW-1's family was not substantial or compelling."

In addition to Zinzi and Capolongo, the other defendants still behind bars pending bail hearings are: Genovese soldier Ralph Balsamo, 46, of the Bronx, mob associates Israel (Buddy) Torres, 66, of Queens, and Mark (Stymie) Maiuzzo, 37, of Scarsdale, and the trio charged as the leaders of the racketeering conspiracy, Patsy Parrello, Skinny Joey Merlino and Rooster O'Norfio.

the Indictment[edit]

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges 46 Leaders, Members, And Associates Of Several Organized Crime Families Of La Cosa Nostra With Wide-Ranging Racketeering Charges Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), and James A. McCarty, Acting District Attorney for Westchester County, announced today the unsealing of an Indictment charging 46 defendants for their alleged roles in a sprawling and long-running racketeering conspiracy composed of leaders, members, and associates of the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, Bonanno, and Philadelphia Organized Crime Families of La Cosa Nostra (“LCN”), who worked together to engage in a multitude of criminal activities throughout the East Coast of the United States between Springfield, Massachusetts, and Southern Florida (the “East Coast LCN Enterprise” or the “Enterprise”).  The defendants are charged with racketeering conspiracy, arson, illegal trafficking in firearms, and conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering.  Thirty-nine of the defendants charged were taken into custody today.  During the arrests, law enforcement officers recovered, among other items, three handguns, a shotgun, gambling paraphernalia, and more than $30,000 in cash. Two defendants, CONRAD IANNIELLO and PASQUALE MAIORINO, a/k/a “Patty Boy,” were already in federal custody on other charges.  Another defendant, JOHN LEMBO, was already in custody on state charges and will be transferred to federal custody.  Six defendants, JOSEPH MERLINO, a/k/a “Joey,” PASQUALE CAPOLONGO, a/k/a “Patsy,” a/k/a “Pat C.,” a/k/a “Mustache Pat,” a/k/a “Fish,” FRANK TRAPANI, a/k/a “Harpo,” CARMINE GALLO, CRAIG BAGON, BRADLEY SIRKIN, a/k/a “Brad,” were arrested this morning in Florida, and will be presented in federal court in West Palm Beach later today.  Two defendants, FRANCESCO DEPERGOLA, a/k/a “Frank,” and RALPH SANTANIELLO were arrested this morning in Massachusetts, where they face additional federal charges, and will be presented in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts later today.  All other defendants arrested today will be presented in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judges Barbara Moses, Frank Maas, and Gabriel W. Gorenstein this afternoon.  Two defendants, NICHOLAS DEVITO, a/k/a “Nicky,” and ANTHONY CIRILLO, surrendered today.  One defendant, HAROLD THOMAS, a/k/a “Harry,” is expected to surrender in the next few days.  Three defendants, ANTHONY CAMISA, a/k/a “Anthony the Kid,” LAURENCE KEITH ALLEN, a/k/a “Keith Allen,” and WAYNE KREISBERG remain at large.  The case is assigned to United States District Judge Richard J. Sullivan. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Today’s charges against 46 men, including powerful leaders, members and associates of five different La Cosa Nostra families, demonstrate that the mob remains a scourge on this city and around the country.  From loansharking and illegal gambling, to credit card and health care fraud, and even firearms trafficking, today’s mafia is fully diversified in its boundless search for illegal profits.  And as alleged, threatening to assault, maim and kill people who get in the way of their criminal schemes remains the go-to play in the mob’s playbook.” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez said:  “The indictment reads like an old school mafia novel, where extortion, illegal gambling, arson and threats to ‘whack’ someone are carried out along with some modern-day crimes of credit card skimming. But the 40-plus arrests of mob associates, soldiers, capos, and a boss this morning show this isn’t fiction. As alleged, Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, and Bonanno LCN crime families are still carrying out their criminal activities from Mulberry Street here in New York City to areas of Springfield, Massachusetts. The FBI, working with our task force partners from the New York Police Department, are just as steadfast investigating and rooting out organized crime as wise guys are to bringing it our streets. We thank all our partners on this multi-year investigation, including the FBI field offices from New Haven, Newark, Miami and Boston for their assistance with operations.” NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton said:  “The charges applied today to these 46 individuals deal a significant blow to La Cosa Nostra, which the NYPD is committed to putting out of business.  As alleged, in typical mob fashion, the rackets ran from Springfield to South Florida and left no scheme behind. These mobsters seemed to use every scheme known to us, from arson, to shake-downs, violence, health care fraud, and even untaxed cigarettes to keep the racket going.  I want to thank my friends Preet Bharara and Diego Rodriguez for their work at the Justice Department and FBI for making today’s case possible and their collaborative efforts during my tenure as Commissioner of the NYPD.”    Westchester County Acting District Attorney James A. McCarty said: “I want to congratulate the prosecutors and investigators whose combined efforts resulted in today’s indictment.  Those charged with these crimes believe they can commit them at will, undetected and without consequence.  These dedicated members of law enforcement through their actions, have made it clear that those individuals who commit these crimes will be rooted out.” According to the allegations in the Indictment[1], which was filed in Manhattan federal court, and other publicly filed documents: The instant charges are the culmination of a multi-year joint investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), FBI-NYPD Organized Crime Task Force, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), and this Office.  The evidence includes thousands of hours of consensual recordings obtained by a cooperating witness (“CW-1”) and an FBI Special Agent working in an undercover capacity (“UC-1”).  CW-1 worked under PASQUALE PARRELLO, a/k/a “Patsy,” believed to be a Genovese Capo in charge of a crew based out of a restaurant that bears his name in the Bronx, New York (Pasquale’s Rigoletto, hereinafter “Rigoletto”).  At one point, with PARRELLO’S approval, CW-1 began working under JOSEPH MERLINO, a/k/a “Joey,” believed to be the Boss of the Philadelphia Crime Family, who resided in southern Florida for part of the year.  UC-1 worked under EUGENE O’NOFRIO, a/k/a “Rooster,” a Genovese Acting Capo in charge of crews on Mulberry Street in New York, New York, and Springfield, Massachusetts.  As evidenced by the consensual recordings made by CW-1 and UC-1, the myriad criminal schemes pursued by PARRELLO, MERLINO, O’NOFRIO, and their underlings were in many respects intertwined. The Enterprise charged in the Indictment is composed of leaders, members, and associates of the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, Bonanno, and Philadelphia Crime Families of LCN, who worked together and coordinated with each other to engage in a multitude of criminal activities throughout the East Coast of the United States, including in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Bronx and Manhattan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Southern Florida.  The members of the Enterprise have been involved in gambling, extortionate collection of loans, other extortion activities, arson, conspiracies to commit assaults in aid of racketeering, trafficking in unstamped and cigarettes, gun trafficking, access device fraud, and health care fraud.  The members of the Enterprise include, but are not limited to, PASQUALE PARRELLO, a/k/a “Patsy,” a/k/a “Pat,” JOSEPH MERLINO, a/k/a “Joey,” EUGENE O’NOFRIO, a/k/a “Rooster,” CONRAD IANNIELLO, ISRAEL TORRES, a/k/a “Buddy,” ANTHONY ZINZI, a/k/a “Anthony Boy,” ANTHONY VAZZANO, a/k/a “Tony the Wig,” a/k/a “Muscles,” ALEX CONIGLIARO, FRANK BARBONE, RALPH BALSAMO, PASQUALE MAIORINO, a/k/a “Patty Boy,” JOHN SPIRITO, a/k/a “Johnny Joe,” VINCENT CASABLANCA, a/k/a “Vinny,” MARCO MINUTO, PAUL CASSANO, a/k/a “Paul Cassone,” DANIEL MARINO, JR., a/k/a “Danny,” JOHN LEMBO, a/k/a “Johnny,” MITCHELL FUSCO, a/k/a “Mitch,” REYNOLD ALBERTI, a/k/a “Randy,” VINCENT TERRACCIANO, a/k/a “Big Vinny,” JOSEPH TOMANELLI, a/k/a “Joe,” AGOSTINO CAMACHO, a/k/a “Augie,” NICHOLAS DEVITO, a/k/a “Nicky,” ANTHONY CASSETTA, a/k/a “Tony the Cripple,” NICHOLAS VUOLO, a/k/a “Nicky the Wig,” BRADFORD WEDRA, MICHAEL POLI, a/k/a “Mike Polio,” PASQUALE CAPOLONGO, a/k/a “Patsy,” a/k/a “Pat C.,” a/k/a “Mustache Pat,” a/k/a “Fish,” ANTHONY DEPALMA, a/k/a “Harpo,” a/k/a “Harp,” JOHN TOGNINO, a/k/a “Tugboat,” MARK MAIUZZO, a/k/a “Stymie,” JOSEPH DIMARCO, HAROLD THOMAS, a/k/a “Harry,” RICHARD LACAVA, a/k/a “Richie,” VINCENT THOMAS, a/k/a “Vinny,” ANTHONY CAMISA, a/k/a “Anthony the Kid,” FRANK TRAPANI, a/k/a “Harpo,” ANTHONY CIRILLO, CARMINE GALLO, JOSEPH FALCO, a/k/a “Joe Cub,” FRANCESCO DEPERGOLA, a/k/a “Frank,” RALPH SANTANIELLO, LAURENCE KEITH ALLEN, a/k/a “Keith Allen,” CRAIG BAGON, BRADLEY SIRKIN, a/k/a “Brad,” and WAYNE KREISBERG, the defendants. To protect and expand the Enterprise’s business and criminal operations, members and associates of the Enterprise assaulted, threatened to assault, and destroyed the property of people who engaged in activity that jeopardized: (i) the power and criminal activities of the Enterprise and the power and criminal activities of their respective LCN Families; (ii) the power of leaders of the Enterprise; and (iii) the flow of criminal proceeds to the leaders of the Enterprise.  Members and associates of the Enterprise promoted a climate of fear in the community through threats of economic harm and violence, as well as actual violence, including assault and arson.  Members and associates of the Enterprise generated or attempted to generate income for the Enterprise through firearms trafficking, extortion, operating illegal gambling businesses, health care fraud, credit card fraud, selling untaxed cigarettes, making extortionate extensions of credit, and other offenses.  Members and associates of the Enterprise at times engaged in criminal conduct or coordinated their criminal activities with leaders, members, and associates of their respective LCN Families.  At other times, members and associates of the Enterprise met with leaders, members, and associates of their respective LCN Families to resolve disputes over their criminal activities. Enterprise members PASQUALE PARRELLO, a/k/a “Patsy,” a/k/a “Pat,” JOSEPH MERLINO, a/k/a “Joey,” and EUGENE O’NOFRIO, a/k/a “Rooster,” the defendants, supervised and controlled other members of the Enterprise engaged in illegal schemes, including those that were the objects of the conspiracy.  At various times, members and associates of the Enterprise (including those who are leaders, members, and associates of different LCN families) met, coordinated, and worked together with PARRELLO, MERLINO, and O’NOFRIO, and each other, as well as other members and associates of their respective LCN Families, to engage in criminal activity. To avoid law enforcement scrutiny, members and associates of the Enterprise conducted meetings surreptitiously, typically using coded language to make arrangements for meetings, and meeting at rest stops along highways and at restaurants. Certain members and associates of the Enterprise engaged in and conspired to engage in the following violent crimes:  Arson of Vehicle Belonging to Victim-1 In early 2011, an individual (“Victim-1”) operated an illegal gambling establishment on Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers, New York, which was around the corner from a similar establishment (the “Yonkers Club”) run by ANTHONY ZINZI, a/k/a “Anthony Boy,” and other associates of the charged Enterprise.  ZINZI and others paid PARRELLO tribute from the profits from the Yonkers Club.  While PARRELLO was on federal supervision stemming from a federal conviction in this Court, the Yonkers Club struggled.  Indeed, Victim-1’s club was more successful than the Yonkers Club.  ZINZI suggested to other members of the conspiracy that they light Victim-1’s vehicle on fire while it was outside of Victim-1’s club.  Then, on or about March 7, 2011, co-defendant MARK MAIUZZO, a/k/a “Stymie,” and others not charged in the above-referenced Indictment located Victim-1’s vehicle, poured gasoline into the vehicle, and lit it on fire. Conspiracy to Assault and Assault of Victim-2 On or about June 5 and 6, 2011, PARRELLO ordered ZINZI and Ronald “The Beast” Mastrovincenzo (now deceased) to assault a panhandler (“Victim-2”) in the area of Arthur Avenue and Fordham Road, Bronx, New York.  ZINZI and Mastrovincenzo enlisted the help of ISRAEL TORRES, a/k/a “Buddy,” and others.  Victim-2 had been bothering some female customers in the parking lot nearby Rigoletto, and these women complained to PARRELLO.  ZINZI, TORRES, Mastrovincenzo, and others, on PARRELLO’s orders to “break” Victim-2’s knees, went looking for Victim-2.  Eventually, Victim-2 was beaten by Mastrovincenzo and CW-1 (prior to CW-1’s cooperation with the Government).   A New York State wiretap revealed that after the beating, Mastrovincenzo told ZINZI, in sum and substance: “[r]emember the old days in the neighborhood when we used to play baseball? . . . A ball game like that was done.”  After the beating, TORRES and ZINZI helped Mastrovincenzo and CW-1 in hiding and disposing of evidence.  Conspiracy to Extort Victim-1 PASQUALE CAPOLONGO, a/k/a “Patsy,” a/k/a “Pat C.,” a/k/a “Mustache Pat,” a/k/a “Fish,” a Luchese associate and longtime bookmaker, placed large bets on behalf of several “professional gamblers,” to help conceal their status as professionals.  CAPOLONGO also placed bets himself as a gambler.  In 2011, CW-1 gave CAPOLONGO access to gambling accounts controlled by individuals known as bookmakers so that CAPOLONGO could place bets on those accounts on behalf of professional gamblers.  In turn, CW-1 received approximately 10 percent of the winnings and was also responsible to the bookmaker for the losses.  As part of this arrangement, in late 2011, CAPOLONGO obtained betting accounts on Victim-1’s book through CW-1.  In December 2011, CAPOLONGO, on behalf of his bettors, won approximately $30,000 from sports wagers CAPOLONGO placed in Victim-1’s book.  Victim-1 refused to pay CAPOLONGO.  On or about December 12, 2011, CW-1 met with PARRELLO and explained that CAPOLONGO won approximately $30,000 on sports wagers and that CW-1 was unable to collect because Victim-1 was refusing to pay despite CW-1’s affiliation with PARRELLO.  CW-1 asked PARRELLO to intervene on his behalf and sought assistance in collecting the approximately $30,000 debt from Victim-1.  PARRELLO agreed to help collect the debt.   Between about December 2011 and March 2014, PARRELLO sent ZINZI, TORRES, VINCENT TERRACCIANO, a/k/a “Big Vinny,” and others to threaten and intimidate Victim-1, and collect the money for the debt.  On one such occasion, PARRELLO told them: “You get Buddy [TORRES] and let Buddy go there and choke him [Victim-1], choke him.  I want Buddy to choke him, choke him, actually choke the motherfucker…and tell him, ‘Listen to me…next time I’m not gonna stop choking… I’m gonna kill you.’”  Conspiracy to Extort Victim-3 Victim-3 was working as a bookmaker and had accounts with defendant JOHN TOGNINO, a/k/a “Tugboat,” who worked under by ALEX CONIGLIARO.  CONIGLIARO suspected that Victim-3 had allowed professional bettors to place bets and, as a result of their winning bets, CONIGLIARO owed approximately $400,000 to the winning bettors.  On or about February 21, 2012, PARRELLO summoned Victim-3 to Rigoletto.  There, CONIGLIARO, PARRELLO, and IANNIELLO confronted Victim-3 in a small room in the basement of the restaurant, threatening and intimidating him.  Ultimately, CONIGLIARO refused to pay the money owed. Conspiracy to Extort Victim-4 An unindicted co-conspirator (“CC-1”) operated a gambling club in the Bronx, New York.  CC-1 was affiliated with PARRELLO, and, from in or about 2012 to in or about 2013, CC-1 paid PARRELLO approximately $500 per week in tribute in connection with the Bronx gambling club.  Another individual, Victim-4, owed tens of thousands of dollars to CC-1.  PARRELLO directed CW-1 to find Victim-4 to collect the money.  TORRES and co-defendant JOHN SPIRITO, a/k/a “Johnny Joe,” a made member of the Bonanno family, tried to get a picture of Victim-4.  The plan was to identify Victim-4, bring Victim-4 to an isolated area, and confront Victim-4 about the debt. Conspiracy to Extort Victim-5 Victim-5 was a gambler who gave CW-1 access to gambling accounts.  As a result, Victim-5 incurred a debt that he did not pay.  At the same time, Victim-5 separately owed money to defendants VINCENT CASABLANCA, a/k/a “Vinny,” and PASQUALE MAIORINO, a/k/a “Patty Boy,” members of the Luchese and Bonanno crime families, respectively.  PARRELLO worked with others, including members of the Genovese and Bonanno crime families, to ensure that Victim-5 paid the debt.  Among other things, PARRELLO stated, in a recorded conversation, that members of PARRELLO’s crew should: [C]ut his [Victim-5’s] fuckin’ tire.  That way he has to change the tire.  So then you know you can catch up with him. Give him a flat.  Take the air out of the tire, whatever the fuck you got to do.  Then you catch up with him because then he’s there, ya know, he’s got to get it fixed, he can’t go nowhere, and then you surround the mother fucker.  That’s how yous do it. PARRELLO further stated, “go ahead, get this motherfucker.  Don’t make a mistake.  Get your fuckin’ money.”  Co-defendant ZINZI provided an icepick to use to slash the tire of Victim-5’s car in order to carry out PARRELLO’s order.  Eventually, Victim-5 agreed to make weekly payments on Victim-5’s outstanding debt.  Conspiracy to Assault Victim-6 On or about January 22, 2013, Genovese associate and defendant ANTHONY VAZZANO, a/k/a “Tony the Wig,” a/k/a “Muscles,” was stabbed in the neck by Victim-6 during an altercation at a bar in the Bronx, New York (the “Bar”).  VAZZANO was at the Bar with Mastrovincenzo and others when the stabbing occurred.  After that, associates of PARRELLO’s crew, including Mastrovincenzo and TORRES, among others, at PARRELLO’s direction, agreed to assault Victim-6 in retaliation for the stabbing.  During one such conversation, TORRES stated that they would “whack” and “maim this mother fucker [Victim-6].”  PARRELLO instructed Mastrovincenzo to “keep the pipes handy and pipe him, pipe him, over here [gesturing to the knees], not on his head.”      Gun Trafficking Between about January and March 2012, MITCHELL FUSCO, a/k/a “Mitch,” sold eleven firearms on three separate dates to CW-1.  Mastrovincenzo also sold guns to CW-1 and the Enterprise, including six firearms on five separate occasions between 2012 and 2013.  During a June 27, 2012 consensually recorded conversation, PARRELLO asked CW-1 if the guns were “clean” and directed CW-1 to “get some nines.” On or about August 20, 2012, CW-1 met with Mastrovincenzo and ZINZI.  During this recorded meeting, Mastrovincenzo asked CW-1 and ZINZI how many guns he should get, and ZINZI told Mastrovincenzo, “at least a hundred.”  Additional Criminal Activity In addition to the violent crimes described above, members and associates also conspired to, and in some cases did, work together and coordinate with each other to perpetrate a number of other crimes. a.         Loansharking.  Members of the East Coast LCN Enterprise, including, but not limited to, PARRELLO, O’NOFRIO, HAROLD THOMAS, VINCENT THOMAS, a/k/a “Vinny,” FRANCESCO DEPERGOLA, a/k/a “Frank,” and RALPH SANTANIELLO, the defendants regularly made and took extortionate loans (“loansharking”) as part of the business of the East Coast LCN Enterprise.  In connection with one such loan, HAROLD THOMAS said to AGOSTINO CAMACHO, a/k/a “Augie,” who owed an outstanding debt to HAROLD THOMAS: “If you don’t have my money the first of the month you will never hear another sound I give you [my] word on that. . . . If you miss don’t call me.  You’ve had enough breaks.  I’ve just given you the biggest break in your life. . . . [I]n about a minute I’m going to go over to the car and take the fucking pistol and I’m going to kill you.” b.         Gambling.  Illegal gambling was a significant part of the regular course of business of certain members of the East Coast LCN Enterprise.  Dozens of members of the Enterprise engaged in two different types of illegal gambling activities as a way to generate money for the Enterprise: (1) casino-style club gambling and (2) sports gambling.   i.          Casino-Style Club Gambling.  At various times relevant to the Indictment, PARRELLO, TORRES, ZINZI, VAZZANO, CAMACHO, and MAIUZZO, a/k/a “Stymie,” the defendants operated the above-mentioned Yonkers Club.  Several nights a week, the Yonkers Club held poker tournaments, dice tournaments, and took bets on horse races.  The owners of the Yonkers Club (the “House”) took a percentage of the gambling proceeds.  Additionally, the Yonkers Club generated profits through the installation of illegal poker machines.  ii.         Sports Gambling.  At various times relevant to the Indictment, multiple members of the East Coast LCN Enterprise operated several gambling operations as a way to enrich the Enterprise. Members of the Enterprise, playing different roles in the sports gambling operations, utilized gambling websites based in the United States and abroad to keep track of wagers and proceeds.  c.         Cigarettes.  Receiving, causing others to receive, and profiting from the purchase of contraband cigarettes was part of the regular business of certain members of the East Coast LCN Enterprise, including, but not limited to, PARRELLO, O’NOFRIO, TORRES, ZINZI, VAZZANO, SPIRITO, CASABLANCA, REYNOLD ALBERTI, a/k/a “Randy,” TERRACCIANO, JOSEPH TOMANELLI, a/k/a “Joe,” CAMACHO, NICHOLAS DEVITO, a/k/a “Nicky,” NICHOLAS VUOLO, a/k/a “Nicky the Wig,” BRADFORD WEDRA, HAROLD THOMAS, RICHARD LACAVA, a/k/a “Richie,” and VINCENT THOMAS, the defendants.  At various times relevant to the Indictment, these defendants obtained, caused others to obtain, and profited from the obtaining of, hundreds of cases of contraband cigarettes, which did not bear a stamp evincing payment of applicable cigarette taxes, with a street value of more than approximately $3 million.  d.         Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy.  In or around 2012, PARRELLO, TORRES, PASQUALE MAIORINO, a/k/a “Patty Boy,” JOHN LEMBO, a/k/a “Johnny,” and ALBERTI, the defendants, and others known and unknown, conspired to obtain and use a credit card “skimmer” — a small device that captures and retains unwitting credit card owners’ personal identifying information — to steal credit card information and use the information to create new fraudulent credit cards which could, in turn, be used to make unauthorized purchases.  e.         Health Care Fraud.  At various times relevant to the Indictment, PARRELLO, MERLINO, RALPH BALSAMO, CAMACHO, DEVITO, MICHAEL POLI, a/k/a “Mike Polio,” CARMINE GALLO, BRAD SIRKIN, a/k/a “Brad,” and WAYNE KREISBERG, the defendants, were involved in a scheme targeting providers of health insurance (the “Victim Insurers”), by causing, and causing others to cause, corrupt doctors to issue unnecessary and excessive prescriptions for expensive compound cream (“Prescription Compound Cream”) that were then billed to the Victim Insurers.  Had the Victim Insurers known the fraudulent nature of the scheme — that wrongful kickbacks were paid to doctors to write, and to patients to request and receive, unnecessary and excessive prescriptions for the Prescription Compound Cream — the Victim Insurers would not have issued reimbursements for the Prescription Compound Cream.

  •           *          *

A chart containing the ages, residency information, and charges against the defendants, as well as the maximum penalties they face is attached.  The maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge. Mr. Bharara praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this case. He thanked the NYPD for their assistance. Mr. Bharara also noted that the investigation is continuing. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amanda Kramer, Abigail Kurland, Jessica Lonergan, and Jonathan Rebold, along with Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Abinanti of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, are in charge of the prosecution.  The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. UNITED STATES V.  PARRELLO, ET AL.   DEFENDANT AGE CITY OF RESIDENCE CHARGES MAX SENT. Alberti, Reynold 47 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Allen, Laurence Keith 46 Costa Rica 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Bagon, Craig 56 Boca Raton, FL 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Balsamo, Ralph 46 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Barbone, Frank 44 Queens, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Camacho, Agostino 40 Yonkers, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Camisa, Anthony 24 Unknown 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Capolongo, Pasquale 67 West Palm Beach, FL 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Casablanca, Vincent 49 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Cassano, Paul 37 Nanuet, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Cassetta, Anthony 48 Belmar, NJ 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Cirillo, Anthony 51 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Conigliaro, Alex 56 Staten Island, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Depalma, Anthony 70 Stony Point, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Depergola, Francesco 60 Springfield, MA 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Devito, Nicholas 64 Monticello, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years DiMarco, Joseph 46 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Falco, Joseph 72 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Fusco, Mitchell 52 Yonkers, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)(A) & 18 U.S.C. 2 20 years 5 years Gallo, Carmine 38 Delray Beach, FL 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Ianniello, Conrad 72 In Custody 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Kreisberg, Wayne 39 Parkland, FL 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years LaCava, Richard 67 Pelham, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Lembo, John 50 In Custody 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Maiorino, Pasquale 56 In Custody 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Maiuzzo, Mark 37 Scarsdale, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d), 18 U.S.C. § 844(h) & 18 U.S.C. § 2 20 years 10 years Marino, Jr., Daniel 49 Short Hills, NJ 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Merlino, Joseph 54 Boca Raton, FL 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Minuto, Marco 80 Upper Saddle River, NJ 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years O’Nofrio, Eugene 74 East Haven, CT 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Parrello, Pasquale 72 Tuckahoe, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d), 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) 20 years 20 years Poli, Michael 31 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Santaniello, Ralph 49 Longmeadow, MA 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Sirkin, Bradley 54 Boca Raton, FL 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Spirito, John 34 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Terracciano, Vincent 40 Yonkers, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Thomas, Harold 71 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Thomas, Vinny 69 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Tognino, John 74 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Tomanelli, Joseph 70 Yonkers, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Torres, Israel 66 Queens, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d), 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) 20 years 20 years Trapani, Frank 63 Boca Raton, FL 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Vazzano, Anthony 51 Brewster, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Vuolo, Nicholas 71 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Wedra, Bradford 61 Mt. Vernon, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) 20 years Zinzi, Anthony 73 Bronx, NY 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d), 18 U.S.C. § 844(h) & 18 U.S.C. § 2 20 years 10 years

Bonanno family[edit]

  • Giuseppe "Peppe" Bonanno;; was the older brother to Salvatore and Stefano Bonanno. He died in (A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno By Joseph Bonanno)
  • Salvatore "Don Turridu" Bohannon;; came to New York City with his wife Caterina Bonventre and son Giuseppe. He returned to Italy in 1911, and died of a heart attack in 1915. (Organized Crime by Howard Abadinsky) pg.104-107
  • Joe Parrino; was never boss; pg.106 Bonanno family

Joseph Cammarno Street boss;.

  • Galante pic;
  • Image of Carmine Galante's here. The picture is a New York Daily News front cover (I don't known if it can be uploaded but found this as an example here.

acting capo[edit]

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have signed up a coke-snorting, Facebook-loving Howard Beach hoodlum named Ricky Kessler to help them with their monstrous racketeering case against Bonanno capo Ronald (Ronnie G) Giallanzo, Gang Land has learned. The feds' case focuses on a massive loan sharking and extortion scheme that Ronnie G has allegedly run for the past 17 years, resulting in an estimated haul of some $26 million, according to the government. Sources say Kessler, a 47-year-old childhood friend of Giallanzo, secretly began cooperating with the FBI in the summer of 2014. That was more than a year before a gun-toting one man crime wave from Howard Beach named Gene Borrello turned on Ronnie G and his capo uncle Vincent Asaro after the NYPD nailed Borrello for a slew of home invasions from New York to Florida.

Thomas DiFiore[edit]

Thomas "Tommy D" DiFiore is current underboss and acting boss of the family.[1] In 1979, Thomas DiFiore was throw out of the Giaccone crew for getting into an argument with capo Philip Giaccone.[2] By 1990, DiFiore had become a capo in the Bonanno family and handled most of the activies on Long Island.[3] In May 2000, DiFiore along with two members of Gambino crime family capo Salvatore Scala and soldier Charles Carneglia were arrested and charged with extortion.[4] The FBI had recorded a mob sit-down on May 3, 2000 between DiFiore, Scala and Carneglia over who had the right to extort Cherry Video a sex shop on Long Island.[5] On November 2, 2001 all three were sentenced to 63 months for extortion.[5] DiFiore was released from prison on March 19, 2004.[6] In June 2013, it suspected that DiFiore is the acting boss of the Bonanno crime family.[7] In June 2013, DiFiore was identified as the family's underboss and acting boss for the new official boss Michael Mancuso who is imprisoned until 2019.[1]

Nicholas Santora July 2013[edit]



  1. ^ a b Marzulli, John (June 24, 2013). "Bonanno crime family sniffs out Michael 'The Nose' Mancuso as new boss: sources". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Saggio, p.13-14
  3. ^ Saggio, p.57, 79
  4. ^ Saggio, p.141-143
  5. ^ a b DeStefano, Chapter 8 "He's a Rat"
  6. ^ "Thomas DiFiore". Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Capeci, Jerry (June 13, 2013). "New Bonanno Boss Speaks Softly; Hides In The Bushes". Gang Land News. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Buettner, Russ; Rashbaum (July 9, 2013). "Bonanno Family Members Are Accused of Branching Out Online and Into Pills". New York Times. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 


  • Saggio, Frankie and Rosen, Fred. Born to the Mob: The True-Life Story of the Only Man to Work for All Five of New York's Mafia Families. Running Press, 2004. ISBN 1560255595.
  • DeStefano, Anthony M. Mob Killer. Pinnacle Books, 2011. ISBN 0786028580.

New England[edit]

Connecticut ...


  • The Colombo crime family, operating in Massachusetts, cities of Somerville, and Boston and parts of Rhode Island. (Martin Finucane and Shelley Murphy. Four charged with membership in Mafia-connected crew. December 17, 2009. [11]) ..

Pittsburgh Family West Virginia Representatives "Wheeling-Warwood Crew"[edit]


  • William "Big Bill" Lias (1930s-1970)

William 'Big Bill' Lias was born on July 14, 1900 to Greek immigrants who relocated to West Virginia four years prior. Lias never made it to high school, having quit at the age of 12 and by 14 he was hauling whiskey from Ohio to Wheeling, WV where alcohol was prohibited. Before he was 30 Lias had graduated from hauling booze to making and distributing it and employing many to make his product available.

During the 1920s-1930s Lias's control over bootlegging was being challenged. By now having employed a successful gang Lias met each challenge with a victory. Along the way to the top Lias suffered few legal setbacks, particularly due to the fact that he nearly all local authorities in his back pocket. In 1925 he received a 16 month sentence for conspiracy to distribute. In 1931 he began serving two years at the Atlanta federal prison for a similar conviction. While away his rackets continued to flourish as Lias had assigned relatives, most notably his cousin Mike Russell and close friends such as Sam Grossfield to act as caretakers. By 1930 Lias had reportedly purchased a numbers bank and money flowed in faster than any white lightning he had produced. In 1934 authorities were able to identify many in his gang when Lias's club was raided. Those arrested included Lias, Charlie Kupchak, Tony Pappas, Barney Stubbs and others. All told 33 were indicted but the charges failed to stick. Reportedly the numbers racket was operated in Wheeling and throughout surrounding areas. An occasional outsider would attempt to operate their own policy racket but they were quickly shut down; whether it was Lias's control over local police, the size of his gang or his girth that tipped the scale between 350-400 lbs, Lias faced no competition. Also in 1934 Lias's wife was murdered in a bizarre argument over gossiping. The accused murderer was Lias's cousin Mike Russell's wife. She was acquitted.

With so much money flowing in, authorities claimed Lias's gang brought in $1 million annually, the IRS began looking into his background. In 1935 he was indicted for tax evasion but a jury acquitted him. No doubt the image of a local hometown racketeer, who had become a big time donor to charities, battling an intrusive federal government from Washington DC provoked the jury to turn a blind eye. It also helped that Mike Russell, who had since agreed to testified, was found shot dead just days before his intended testimony. Before the close of his trial Lias reportedly retired from the numbers business. Lias then turned around and petitioned state legislatures to make policy rackets a felony crime. Lias had other plans and didn't need competition. He had by now entered into the slots machine business. Reportedly he cut a deal with the Wheeling local government whereby he agreed to a local tax for the right to operate freely. Outside of Wheeling Lias was a known associate of Detroit's Purple Gang. In fact he owned a home in Palmer Woods, a Detroit suburb. By the early 1940s Lias held interest or owned most clubs, restaurants and lounges. It was then that he was believed to have formed a partnership with the Pittsburgh crime family and an association with Joe Pecora, a high ranking member of the syndicate. Pecora held sway in neighboring Hancock county.

Federal authorities believed that Lias represented the Pittsburgh crime family in 1945 when he purchased the Wheeling Downs racetrack. Lias purchased the property in bankruptcy for $250,000 and invested another $500,000 renovating the facility. The racetrack is in operation today and boasts a casino and hotel. In 1952 the federal government attempted to deport Lias back to Greece. It would begin a nine year battle that ultimately ruled in favor of Lias. The IRS again claimed charges of tax evasion. The federal government placed Wheeling Downs in receivership as the case loomed on. By 1955 Lias was booted out of the racetrack then hired back by the federal government in what would turn into a small scandal because they ultimately decided he was best qualifed to act as manager. In order to settle his debt Lias sold the track to Purple Gang associates and squared up with the federal government on the terms of 12 cents for every dollar owed. Other businesses were taken by Lias and he never settled up the ultimate estimated amount of $2.5 million.

In the early 1960s Paul Hankish of Warwood began to make a push on Lias's gambling interests. In 1964 Hankish nearly lost his life when car bomb went off. Hankish survived but was forever known as "legs" because the explosion had severed them. Bill Lias lived out the rest of his life in peace and died in June 1970.

  • Paul "No Legs" Hankish (1970-1988)

Following the death of Bill Lias in 1970, Paul Hankish of Warwood moved in on his territory. However prior to this move Lias had managed to have a car bomb detonated in 1964, which blew off Hankish's legs and brought about the grizzly nickname 'no legs'. Undeterred Hankish staked his claim on behalf of the Pittsburgh syndicate. Researchers speculate that Lias had grown old and refused to give up control combined with continuous problems with the IRS; resulted in the steel city crime group demanding a replacement.

Paul Hankish was born in July 1931 and by all indications he was associated with the crime beginning in the 1950s. With Lias out of the way Hankish formed his own crew, which included the notorious criminal figure Robert 'Codfish' Bricker. The Hankish crew were Joe Pecora loyalist. Following Pecora's conviction for bribery the crew fell under Charles Porter.

Just as Hankish was coming in as boss he was slapped with prison time following a conviction involving hijacking a beer truck. Beginning in 1974 he began serving a 10 year sentence for this crime. During this time his rackets came under fire from competition but were met with heavy firepower. This was due in part to Hankish loyalist Robert Bricker.

Robert 'Codfish' Bricker, nicknamed due to his ice cold nerves, is a bit of a noteworthy character given his notorious past. In 1963 while out on parole for robbery Bricker became married and borrowed $500 from a friend. He then proceeded to shoot this person, run over the body and dragged the corpse 300 yards. The law caught up to him and he pled guilty, receiving a life term. In 1974 then West Virginia Governor Milton Shapp granted Bricker a lifetime parole after prison officials stated he would be an asset to society. Before long Bricker was back in Hankish gang and doing the bidding of his boss. This would include five murder over an 18 month span beginning in the 1978. The first of these murders was Melvin Pike of Uniontown, PA. Pike was a local hoodlum attempting to muscle in on Shankish. Bricker was the primary suspect but never charged. According to the 1980 testimony of former associate William 'Eggy' Prosdocimo Pittsbrugh mobster Chuckie Porter shot Bricker in the face but the hardened con survived the attempt. Unbeknownst to Bricker, Pike had been associated with Pittsburgh mafia power Gabriel Mannarino and later with Porter. Four more murders would follow mostly centered around vending machines and narcotics. Two murders would result in guilty verdicts with two death penalty sentences, each followed by overturns and subsequent life sentences. In 2000 Bricker died in prison.

By the early 1980s Hankish was back on the scene. While gambling and vending machine interests were his bread and butter it was narcotics trafficking that brought mountains of cash to his coffers and a portion back over to the Pittsburgh mob. However it would be the Department of Justice that would bring him down. In 1988 Hankish was indicted on multiple racketeering counts. The acts included illegal gambling, extortion, murder conspiracy and narcotics trafficking. Two chief cooperating witnesses for the prosecution were Prosdocimo and Gerald 'Snooky' Walls. Other indictments against Charles Porter, Louis Raucci and Pittsburgh crime boss Mike Genovese soon followed. Hankish was ultimately sentenced to 33 years and died in prison in 1998.

  • Christopher Hankish (1988-2008)

Christopher Hankish attempted to make a run as a racketeer following his father's conviction. In 1990 he was indicted along with Chuckie Porter and Lou Raucci for cocaine trafficking. He pled guilty to one count of distribution and was sentenced to two years. Following his return authorities believed he began to actively engage in high-level bookmaking. In 2006 federal authorities indicted him again following an investigation of former poker machine kingpin John 'Duffy' Conley. Authorities traced multiple phonecalls between the two with wiretaps indicating illegal bookmaking was discussed. However Hankish would be spared when he died unexpectedly in September 2009 at the age of 46.

  • John "Duffy" Conley (1980s-Present)

Labeled by a psychologist as a 'compulsive gambler', John Conley was taking action for Pittsburgh gangster before he graduated high school. By 1990 at the age of 27 Conley ventured into the gambling machine rackets placing them in the Wheeling, WV and Western Pennsylvania region. Before long he had control of 4,000 machines and federal authorities estimated he was raking in on average $15 million per year. Undoubtedly a portion of this made its way to Mike Genovese and Pittsburgh gangster as Conley never had a problem with the syndicate however authorities could never prove protection was paid.

In 1995 Conley was indicted for being the mastermind behind his empire and sentenced to nine years. In 1997 he was indicted as part of a group of Pittsburgh gangster attempting to hide their role in the operations of the Rincon River Oaks Casino near San Diego. Conley had numerous machines placed in the facility, machines later traced back to the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family and that state's Lucchese crime family crew, but authorities shut the casino down after one day of operations. Conley received an additional 21 months for his role.

By the early 2000s Conley was back on the street while still serving federal probation. In 2006 he was placed back in federal prison for orchestrating a large-scale bookmaking operation on behalf of the Pittsburgh syndicate that had ties to the Wheeling, WV gang. In May 2009 Conley pled guilty with hopes of no more than a 5 year sentence.

Buffalo family[edit]

Boss Frank BiFulco

Underboss Joe Violi (Canada Faction)

Consigliere Victor Sansanese

Capos Frank Falzone-  Buffalo,  Six soldiers, took over BiFulco crew.

Anthony Todaro Buffalo,  Eight soldiers, took over when his brother Joe Jr retired.

Natale Luppino Hamilton, Canada,  Nine soldiers, took over crew when Violi was moved up to Underboss, who in turn had taken over when Vincent Luppino passed away in 2009.

Bruno Monaco Toronto, Canada Five soldiers, took over when Dante Gasbarrini passed away. Gasbarrini became Capo when Paul Volpe was killed, and to get away from Giacomo Luppino and John Papalia of Hamilton.

Russell Carcone Utica Six soldiers

Loren Piccarreto/Anthony Chirico- Rochester, Five soldiers. 

When Thomas Marotta came back in the 1990's, he decided to join the Bonanno family and took half of the independent family with him to the Bonanno family. After what happened up in Hamiliton with John Papalia, Rene Piccarreto decided to be more friendlier with Buffalo. When Joe "Lead Pipe Joe" Todaro retired in 2006, Angelo Amico decided to rejoin the Buffalo Family.

Robert Panaro Las Vegas No soldiers, Panaro is direct with the family administration and other capos. 

"About 12 to 15 members are retired," our source noted.

 So about 40 made members are still active in Buffalo.

In Nov 2017 Canadian law enforcement authorities arrested nine organized crime members and associates in Canada, including members of the Todaro organized crime family, who are charged with, among other crimes, narcotics trafficking.*"Members and Associates of Gambino and Bonanno Organized Crime Families Arrested in Coordinated U.S.-Canadian Takedown". United States Department of Justice. US Attorney's Office Eastern District of New York. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 

Hamilton three families[edit]

Papalia crime family[edit]

The Papalia crime family, also known as the Sylvestro crime family is a Mafia-type organization based more on the traditions of the 'Ndrangheta from Calabria, Italy.[1] The family is one of three Calabrian families based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada the other two being the Luppino and the Musitano crime families.[2] The family like the Luppino family is more active in Southern Ontario and parts of Toronto.[2] The three families are part of the Buffalo crime family's Ontario faction.[3]

In 1931, the Commission decided that the Bonanno crime family would control Quebec and the Buffalo crime family would control Ontario.[1] After the 1944, murder of Rocco Perri the 'Ndrangheta group that eliminated him took over Hamilton, Canada.[3] The group became known as the "Three Dons", and was led by Anthony "Tony" Sylvestro, Santo Scibetta and Calogero "Charles Bardinaro" Bordonaro.[4] The "Three Dons" were all considered the Ontario branch of the Buffalo crime family taking orders from boss Stefano Magaddino.[3]

  • Tony Sylvestro boss of Ontario faction died John Papalia took over


  1. ^ a b Cedilot p.279-280
  2. ^ a b Totten, p.74
  3. ^ a b c Freeman, p.82
  4. ^ Schneider, p.285-286
  • Cédilot, André and Noël, André. Mafia Inc: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan. Random House Digital, Inc., 2012. ISBN 0307360415.
  • Totten, Mark. Nasty, Brutish, and Short: The Lives of Gang Members in Canada. James Lorimer & Company, 2012. ISBN 1459400380.
  • Freeman, Bill and Hewitt, Marsha. Their Town: The Mafia, the Media and the Party Machine. James Lorimer & Company, 1979. ISBN 0888622678.
  • Schneider, Stephen. Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada. John Wiley & Sons, 2009. ISBN 0470835001.

Luppino crime family[edit]

The Luppino crime family, also known as the Scibetta crime family is a Mafia-type organization based more on the traditions of the 'Ndrangheta from Calabria, Italy.[1] The family is one of three Calabrian families based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada the other two being the Papalia and the Musitano crime families.[2] The family like the Papalia family is more active in Southern Ontario and parts of Toronto.[2] The three families are part of the Buffalo crime family's Ontario faction.[3]

In 1931, the Commission decided that the Bonanno crime family would control Quebec and the Buffalo crime family would control Ontario.[1] After the 1944, murder of Rocco Perri the 'Ndrangheta group that eliminated him took over Hamilton, Canada.[3] The group became known as the "Three Dons", and was led by Anthony "Tony" Sylvestro, Santo Scibetta and Calogero "Charles Bardinaro" Bordonaro.[4] The "Three Dons" were all considered the Ontario branch of the Buffalo crime family taking orders from boss Stefano Magaddino.[3]

Santo Scibetta went on to control his family until his death in the mid-1970s.[5] Luppino took over and became Magaddino's boss of Southern Ontario.[5]

  • ADD TO STORY close to Volpe from Toronto and allies to the Musitano family


  1. ^ a b Cedilot p.279-280
  2. ^ a b Totten, p.74
  3. ^ a b c Freeman, p.82
  4. ^ Schneider, p.285-286
  5. ^ a b Edwards, p.137
  • Cédilot, André and Noël, André. Mafia Inc: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan. Random House Digital, Inc., 2012. ISBN 0307360415.
  • Totten, Mark. Nasty, Brutish, and Short: The Lives of Gang Members in Canada. James Lorimer & Company, 2012. ISBN 1459400380.
  • Freeman, Bill and Hewitt, Marsha. Their Town: The Mafia, the Media and the Party Machine. James Lorimer & Company, 1979. ISBN 0888622678.
  • Schneider, Stephen. Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada. John Wiley & Sons, 2009. ISBN 0470835001.
  • Edwards, Peter and Auger Michel. The Encyclopedia of Canadian Organized Crime: From Captain Kidd to Mom Boucher. Random House Digital, Inc., 2012. ISBN 0771030495.

Musitano crime family[edit]

The Musitano crime family is a Mafia-type organization based more on the traditions of the 'Ndrangheta from Calabria, Italy.[1] The family is one of three Calabrian families based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada the other two being the Papalia and the Luppino crime families which are more active in Southern Ontario and parts of Toronto.[2] The three families are part of the Buffalo crime family's Ontario faction.[3]

  • READ BOOKS: ICED & MAFIA INC: for Musitano brothers during 1970s.
  • NO Ref: Calogero "Charles Bardinaro" Bordonaro died 1963; maybe Musitano take over??


  1. ^ Cedilot p.279-280
  2. ^ Totten, p.74
  3. ^ Freeman, p.82
  • Cédilot, André and Noël, André. Mafia Inc: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan. Random House Digital, Inc., 2012. ISBN 0307360415.
  • Totten, Mark. Nasty, Brutish, and Short: The Lives of Gang Members in Canada. James Lorimer & Company, 2012. ISBN 1459400380.
  • Freeman, Bill and Hewitt, Marsha. Their Town: The Mafia, the Media and the Party Machine. James Lorimer & Company, 1979. ISBN 0888622678.


Greek Independence Day Parade[edit]

The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York organizes the annual Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City every April on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Since 1938 this annual celebration of Hellenic identity, through which all Hellenes can express and promote their culture and achievements to the world, commemorates the 187th Anniversary of Greek Declaration of Independence, March 25th 1821, and has become a New York City traditional event. [12]

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The Greek Independence Day Parade has firmly assumed status as a NYC tradition and has been celebrated since 1938. The parade commemorates the Declaration of Greek Independence from Ottoman Empire on March 25, 1821. However, the parade in NYC is usually held on a different day. The parade runs along 5th Avenue from 64th to 79th Streets and is sponsored by the Federation of Hennenic Societies of Greater New York.

The parade is not just a tribute to the acclaimed political event; it is also a celebration of rich Hellenic cultural heritage and tradition. The parade is preceded by a month long celebration of Greek heritage organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies. The events include dinners, a White House gathering, a beauty pageant, City Hall celebrations, a ceremonial flag raising, numerous other events all leading up to the parade that commences at the Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue. The parade attracts a great number of marchers and participants, who march the streets of New York wearing bright ethnic costumes and playing various musical instruments.

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