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U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara Comes Out With Tough Talk After Mob Guilty Pleas


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara came out with some tough talk after the last two of 14 members and associates of the Gambino Crime Family in New York pleaded guilty Monday in what was regarded as a wide sweeping indictment involving everything from jury tampering, murder, sex and narcotics trafficking and extortion.

“The Gambino Family and their associates continue to use violence, threats, and intimidation to wield power and profit illegally off the backs of their many victims,” Bharara said in a statement. “But the convictions of all 14 individuals charged by this Office just nine months ago has dealt the Gambinos a significant blow.”

“As the result of our prosecution, one of the mafia’s preeminent leaders and many of its rising stars will now serve significant prison sentences.

“We are, however, far from finished with the Gambino Family and will continue working with our law enforcement partners to put their members and associates out of business and behind bars.”

Thomas Orefice and Dominick Difiore and pleaded guilty on Monday. Others who previously pleaded guilty included: (1) DANIEL MARINO; (2) ONOFRIO MODICA; (3)ANTHONY MANZELLA;(4)MICHAEL SCOTTO; (5) MICHAEL SCARPACI; (6) THOMAS SCARPACI; (7)DAVID EISLER; (8) SALVATORE BORGIA; (9) STEVE MAIURRO; (10) KEITH DELLITALIA; (11) SUZANNE PORCELLI; and (12) ANTHONY VECCHIONE.

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

One  allegation in the indictment charged that Onofrio Modica, along with other Gambino Crime Family members, had planned to tamper with the jury in the 1992 trial of Godfather John J. Gotti, who was charged with federal racketeering and murder.

Authorities alleged that the men penetrated security measures and located the jury, which was sequestered in a hotel. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the plan was called off after Gotti figured the jury wasn’t going to convict him anyways.


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