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Tag: Gambino Crime Family

Staten Island Man Charged in Murder of Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali

Anthony Comello

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anthony Comello, 24, of Staten Island man, has been arrested in the execution-style killing of Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali last week outside of his Staten Island home, the New York Daily News reports.

Comello was arrested down the Jersey Shore.

One motive may have been that Comello was angry that Cali was preventing him from seeing his niece.

But NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said he hadn’t ruled out that Comello was working with others.

“Let me reiterate this (investigation) is far from over,” said Shea. “Was he acting alone? Was he acting for other people? Were others involved? What was the motive? I do not have all the answers for you.”

Police days earlier had said they were not ruling out the possibility that just-out-of-prison Gene Gotti, brother of the late John Gotti, was involved.

Member of Gambino Organized Crime Family to spend Life in Prison on Racketeering Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A member of the Gambino organized crime family was sentenced to life without parole for racketeering charges that span more than thee decades.

Bartolomeo Vernace was found guilty of all nine racketeering acts, a 1981 double homicide, heroin trafficking, robbery and illegal gambling.

“For more than four decades, the defendant dedicated his life to committing crimes for the mafia. He rose through the ranks to become a powerful Gambino family leader by making money from crime and committing brutal acts of violence, including the 1981 murders of two innocent bar owners over a spilled drink. Though they were taken from their families long ago, Richard Godkin and John D’Agnese—two businessmen who also ran the local Boys’ Club—have not been forgotten,” U.S. Attorney Lynch said. “We hope the victims’ families are able to take some measure of comfort from the fact that, with this life sentence, one of the killers has now been brought to justice.”

“After more than 33 years evading justice, Bartolomeo ‘Bobby Glasses’ Vernace can hide no more. Vernace made a life of being a key player in the Gambino crime family where his activities led to his convictions for heroin trafficking, robbery, loansharking, gambling, and firearms, as well the vicious double murder. Today’s life sentence ensures the rest of Bobby Glasses’s life will only be seen inside of a federal facility,” added FBI Assistant Director in Charge Venizelos.

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Feds Expected to Pass on Using Star Prosecution Witness From Gotti “Junior” Case

John Alite pictured in big photo/ny daily newsBy Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Using “mob turncoats” to testify in court doesn’t always work. It comes down to credibility.

Apparently, jurors weren’t buying what “mob turncoat” John Alite was selling as a star prosecution witness in the the fourth and final unsuccessful trial in 2009 against his ex-best friend, John (Junior) Gotti, son of the late Godfather John Gotti.

Alite, a convicted murderer and associate of the Gambino Crime family,  testified that the younger Gotti, who was a childhood friend,  approved multiple murders.  Apparently, his word was no good, at least in the eyes of some jurors. The case ended with a deadlock jury in December 2009, and the government decided after failing four times, not to go for a fifth trial.

Jerry Capeci, an expert on the mob who runs the website Gang Land News, reports that “Brooklyn federal prosecutors have figured out how to keep the flawed mob turncoat John Alite off the stand in a companion case to the failed prosecution of John (Junior) Gotti.”

Gang Land News reports that the feds have “rounded up a slew of better witnesses” in a multiple murder case against John Burke, a Queens gangster. One of the witnesses is expected to be Peter (Bud) Zuccaro, who was a defense witness for Gotti Junior, Gang Land News reported.

Gang Land News reported that “Burke is awaiting trial for three gangland-style slayings from 1982 to 1996, including one that Gotti allegedly ordered.”

 

Gambino Crime Family Has a New Boss

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Gambino Crime Family has a new boss — Domenico (Italian Dom) Cefalu, marking a clear end to the Gotti era, Gang Land News reported.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News writes:

“In a surprise move, the Gambinos have gone back to the old-fashioned way of running a crime family. They have selected a boss who is not in prison. He is a convicted drug trafficker with a well-earned reputation as a stand-up wiseguy who would never flip.”

Gang Land New reports that Cefalu, 64, of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, came into the family during the Gotti reign. Many of the key Gotti folks are behind bars.

Cefalu’s rap sheet includes six years in prison for a 1982 heroin smuggling conviction, and 20 months in the joint for a 2008 extortion rap. He is a salesman for a local bakery.

9 Gambino Family Mobsters Sentenced in NY; One Gave Green Light to Murder His Own Nephew

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Nine members of New York’s Gambino Crime family, ranging from ages from 25 to 70, were sentenced in recent days in Manhattan federal court as part of a wide sweeping indictment that included charges of racketeering, murder, conspiracy, extortion and sex trafficking, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

“The successful prosecutions of Daniel Marino and his cronies dealt a significant blow to the Gambino Family — a ‘family’ that will stop at nothing to wield power, extract illegal profits, and exact revenge against its enemies,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “But we are far from finished,and our goal of disrupting and dismantling organized crime throughout the City of New York and beyond its borders will continue unabated.”

Those sentenced included Daniel Marino, 70, the reputed boss of the family who “presided over” at least 200 full inducted “made” mobsters and hundreds of associates, authorities said. He was sentenced to five years and ordered to forfeit $1.25 million for conspiracy to murder his nephew, who was cooperating with law enforcement.

Marino admitted giving the green light to kill the nephew Frank Hydell, 31. In 1997, fellow mobsters lured Hydell to a strip club in Staten Island where he was shot three times in the face and back. He died in the parking lot.

Others sentenced included:

Mobster Who Put Hit Out for Late Crime Boss John Gotti Gets 13 Years

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Watts, a close associate of the late Gambino Crime family boss John J. Gotti, becomes the latest mobster to get a stiff prison sentence.

Watts,69, was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court by Judge Colleen McMahon to 13 years in prison for participating in “murder and assault conspiracies in order to maintain and increase his influence in the Gambino Family.” He was also ordered to forfeit $250,000.

He pleaded guilty in January after being charged with setting up the murder of a man the Gambino crime family boss John Gotti suspected of snitching.

“Today’s sentence should serve as a sober reminder that if you kill or harm an actual or potential government witness, no matter how powerful you may think you are, we will find you and send you to prison for a very long time,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.”

Authorities say Watts was close to the older Gotti, but never became a “made man”  because he was not Italian. He was, however,  made a Gambino family captain.

Authorities said that in 1989,  Frederick Weiss was a defendant in a case in federal court in Manhattan.

The Gambino crime family boss at the time, John J. Gotti,  suspected that Weiss was cooperating with the government because he got rid of  a lawyer who regularly represented Gambino Family members and associates. Gotti ordered Weiss killed.

Authorities said Watts put together a murder team to carry out the hit.

In September 1989, Watts and others went to  a house on Staten Island where they thought Weiss would be. Authorities said Watts assigned different Gambino members and associates to different tasks, including digging the grave  for Weiss’s body.

Watts  stood in the garage, holding a gun, waiting to shoot Weiss when he arrived. But Weiss never showed up.

So the next day, a different team of shooters killed Weiss outside his apartment building, authorities said.

Authorities said Watts also roughed up someone who refused to give back some investment money.

That all began while Watts was serving a prison sentence in connection with his 2001 conviction for money laundering. In prison, he met a fellow inmate who he admired for his stockpicking.

After the stockpicker got released from prison, Watts sent an emissary to deliver approximately $350,000 to $400,000 in cash to the man to invest, authorities said.

The investment failed.  In 2002,  Watts demanded his money back. The man returned some, but not all.

Watts started threatening the man.  On one occasion, Watts and another individual confronted the man in Manhattan and physically assaulted him, authorities said. On a  subsequent occasion, Watts threatened the man and physically shoved him against the wall.

FBI Arrests Last Fugitive — “Joe Dogs” — in Historic Mob Bust

FBI agents during morning arrests last week/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The last of the remaining fugitives in the historical mob take down last week surrendered on  Wednesday to the FBI in New York, authorities said.

Joseph “Joe Dogs” Lombardi,  a “made” Gambino crime family soldier, who faces extortion charges, was the last fugitive of the 127 indicted last week in what the FBI called the biggest mob roundup in its history. The indictments were aimed at the five New York families, one in New Jersey and the New England mob.

The multiple indictments unsealed last week — there were 16 in four jurisdictions — included allegations of murder, extortion, racketeering, loan sharking, gambling and shaking down businesses for protection.

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.