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#655407 - 07/14/12 04:43 AM Recent Small Family Cases
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Registered: 08/13/08
Posts: 6782
NEW JERSEY

In March 2000, 3 New Jersey LCN associates, Arthur McCarthy, Franceso Paparatto, and Pat Dwyer, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of racketeering, loansharking, extortion, mail fraud, and theft on construction sites from 1994 to 1999.

In an April 2001 superseding indictment, following previous indictments in December 1999 and October 2000, 21 people, including New Jersey LCN boss John "The Eagle" Riggi, ruling panel member Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo, acting bosses Girolamo "Jimmy" Palermo and Charles "Fat Charles" Majuri, consigliere Stefano "Steve" Vitable, captains Philip Abramo, Francesco "Frank" Polizzi, Giuseppe "Pino" Schifilliti, Anthony Rotundo and Joseph Giacohhe, and soldiers Joseph "Tin Ear" Sclafani, Louis "Louie Eggs" Consalvo, Anthony "Marshmellow" Mannarino, Gregory Rago, Joseph Collina Sr., Frank D'Amato, Simone "Daddy" Palermo, were indicted in Manhattan on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, running a sports bookmaking and loansharking operation with the Gambinos and Colombos that netted $2.5 million, extortion of businesses including labor bribery kickbacks from contractors in the construction industry through no-show jobs and sweetheart deals with LIUNA Locals 394 and 1030, extortion of a bus company, truck hijacking, selling stolen goods (2, 250 cases of wine, clothes, 29,000 packages of vitamins, 56 digital copiers, toner, and Kraft food), selling counterfeit goods, selling stolen US savings bonds, the $1.6 million robbery from an armored truck at the World Trade Center, attempted robbery of a payroll office, tax fraud, mail fraud, obstruction of justice, and murder.

In May 2003, it was reported that recent cases had shown the DeCavalcante's control over local labor unions in the construction industry "had slipped" and LCN members were actually having to work when their names came up on union rolls and it was becoming harder to form relationships between corrupt union leaders and contractors.

In July 2003, 3 New Jersey LCN members and associates, Mimmo Marzullo, Michael Ferrente, and Keith Cimera, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation, loansharking, and cashing over $170,000 in stolen checks from a gambler in their debt.

In May 2004, the New Jersey Commission of Investigation released a report on organized crime in the state, which included a summary of the DeCavalcante LCN family, based in Peterstown section of Elizabeth, New Jersey, said to have approximately 40 members and at least 50 associates. However, many of those members were incarcerated and the group was said to be undergoing reorganization and reentrenchment at the hands of a "skeleton crew" of non-indicted members.

In February 2006, LIUNA Local 394 was put under federal trusteeship due to ongoing corruption and organized crime influence.

In February 2010, 3 New Jersey LCN members and associates, including acting boss Francesco "Frank" Guaracci, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of conspiracy and extorting a pizza shop.

In January 2011, 2 New Jersey LCN members, Jerry Balzano and Joseph Colina, were indicted in Brooklyn on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, possession of contraband cigarettes, receipt of stolen tax refund checks, and loansharking.

In August 2011, the New York Business Integrity Commission denied an operating license to Cara Seafood Express for ties to the DeCavalcantes.

In December 2011, DeCavalcante associates, Steven Marcus of I.T.L Concrete Recycling, Circus Rubbish Removal, Ace Materials & Trucking, Ltd., and Roman Sand & Stone, LLC; and Veincent Alessi, of Duramix Concrete Corp., Bayone Durable Construction Co., and Hudson Keystone Express LLC. were cited in the New Jersey Commission of Investigation report on ongoing organized crime involvement in the solid waste and unregulated recycling industry in New Jersey.
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#655408 - 07/14/12 04:43 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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NEW ENGLAND

In March 2000, 17 people, including New England LCN member Anthony Ascenzia Jr., were indicted in Connecticut on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation that handled $2.3 million in wagers in one 4-month period, as well as numbers, and distributing video poker machines from 1997 to 2000.

In October 2001, 7 people tied to the New England LCN, known as the "DeCologero Crew," including John DeCologero and Paul DeCologero, were indicted in Boston on charges of racketeering, cocaine trafficking, loansharking, robbery of rival drug dealers, weapons possession, and murder.

In September 2002, 6 people tied to the New England LCN, known as the "Mello Organization," including Timothy Mello, were indicted in Boston on charges of racketeering, cocaine and marijuana trafficking, robbery of rival drug dealers, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, extortion, running a bookmaking operation, and firearms offenses.

In December 2002, 18 people, including New England LCN member Anthony Rizzo, were indicted in Boston on charges of trafficking in cocaine and oxycodone.

In December 2002, 6 people, including New England LCN associate Joseph Settipane, were indicted in Boston on charges of keeping a place for illegal gambling, using the telephone for illegal gambling, and conspiracy to violate gaming laws involving a sports bookmaking operation that netted up to $500,000 a week, as well as a numbers operation.

In articles in November 2003, December 2006, and August 2008, it was reported that, despite being a "shell" or a "shadow" of the organization it once was, with dwindling membership - 20 to 25 active members in Boston, with 10 inactive or in prison, as well as a dozen or so members in Providence - (as well as a "substantial" number of associates) and it becoming harder to attract quality recruits, the New England LCN, under the leadership of boss, Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, continued to be active in the traditional rackets of sports bookmaking, video poker, loansharking, extortion, and drug trafficking.

In December 2003, 2 New England LCN members, Frederick "The Neighbor" Simone and Vincent "Dee Dee" Gioacchini, were indicted in Boston on charges of conspiracy, loansharking, money laundering, and extorting $500 to $1,000 monthly payments from a sports bookmaking operation.

In June 2004, 7 people, including New England LCN associate Scott Martinelli, were indicted in Stoneham, MA on charges of organizing and promoting gambling and possession of gambling aparatus involving a sports bookmaking operation that took in as much as $60,000 a week in profits; as well as conspiracy and possession involving cocaine and oxycodone trafficking.

In January 2005, as a result of an investigation into organized crime involvement in the Laborers International Union of North America and the local construction industry, 3 New England LCN members and associates, including captain Matthew "Matty" Guglielmetti, who was also a member of LIUNA Local 271, were indicted in Providence on charges of conspiracy to distribute 67 kilos of cocaine brought through Rhode Island en route to Canada.

In February 2005, 15 people, including New England LCN captain Joseph Achille, were indicted in Providence on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, running a sports bookmaking operation that took in over $500,000 in bets in the months leading up to the Superbowl, weapons possession, trafficking in prescription drugs, and assault conspiracy involving Laborers Union jobs.

In March 2005, New England LCN member, Alfred "Chippy" Scivola, was indicted in Connecticut on charges of extorting $4,000 a month from a strip club operator; in partnership with the Gambinos.

In April 2005, 13 people, including New England LCN associate Arthur Gianelli, were indicted in Boston on charges of racketeering, running a sports bookmaking operation using a Costa Rica wireroom, distributing video poker machines, money laundering through investments in legitimate businesses, extorting a bar and a restaurant, and arson.

In January 2006, 24 people, including New England LCN associates Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins and Richard Angell, were indicted in Providence on charges of racketeering, organized criminal gambling and conspiracy involving a sports bookmaking operation in Rhode Island and Massachusetts , which took in $3 million a month in bets and layoffs, as well as possession of marijuana and vicodin with intent to deliver.

In April 2006, New England LCN member, Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent , was indicted in Providence on charges of collecting two seperate vig payments of $2,000 a week from loans to 2 men of $100,000 each.

In May 2006, New England LCN member William "Billy" Angelesco, who had been charged with the murder of a strip club owner in 2001, was indicted in Boston on charges of extortion and running a sports bookmaking operation. He had reportedly been moving in on the Medford rackets, involved in sports bookmaking and shaking down drug dealers.

In December 2006, New England LCN underboss, Carmen "The Cheese Man" DiNunzio, was indicted in Boston on charges of conspiracy to maintain a gambling operation and extortion of other sports bookmaking operations.

In December 2006, 12 people, including New England LCN captain Edward "Carmine" Lato, were indicted in Providence on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, running of a sports bookmaking operation that took in over $675,000, as well as trafficking in marijuana, steroids, and vicodin.

In December 2006, 2 New England LCN associates, Edward and Elias Samia, were indicted in Worcester on charges of running a numbers and card game operation.

In March 2007, 3 people, including Domenic DiCenso, the son of a late New England LCN member Franceso DiCenzo, were indicted in Boston on charges of selling cocaine out a pizza shop and weapons possession.

In August 2007, 7 people, including Joseph Russo and Steven Contrada, were indicted in Medford on charges of conspiracy, organizing and promoting gambling, keeping a place to register bets, using a telephone for gambling purposes involving a sports bookmaking operation, as well as heroin possession.

In August 2007, New England LCN associate, Gene Giangrande, was indicted in Cambridge on charges of extortion, conspiracy, assault and battery, loansharking, and running a sports bookmaking operation.

In April 2008, 13 people, including former New England LCN soldier Vincent "The Animal" Ferrara, were indicted in Boston on charges of conspiracy, using a telephone to register bets, and keeping a place to register bets involving running a sports bookmaking operation.

In May 2008, 3 people, including underboss Anthony "The Cheeseman" DiNunzio, were indicted in Boston on charges of attempted bribery to secure a $6 million construction contract in the "Big Dig" Project for $15,000 and 5% of the contract revenue.

In October 2008, 2 people, Nicholas Manocchio (the nephew of New England LCN Luigi "Baby Shanks" Manocchio and director of the Laborers New England Region Organizing Fund) and Gerald Diodati (a contractor) were indicted in Providence on charges of labor racketeering, bribery, and receiving kickbacks for contracts.

In November 2008, 25 people, including New England LCN associates Nicholas "Nicky" Pari and Gerlad "Gerry" Tillinghast, were indicted in Providence on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, running a bookmaking operation, trafficking in cocaine, marijuana, and vicodin, selling weapons, counterfeiting, and fencing stolen goods. In a follow-up case in February 2009, 30 additional people, including George Eunis and Donald St. Germain, were indicted in Providence on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, running a sports bookmaking operation, extortion, selling firearms, insurance fraud, and marijuana trafficking.

In December 2008, 10 people, including Jason McMahon and Michael Sepe, were indicted in Providence on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, running a sports bookmaking operation - which paid tribute to the New England LCN - that took in more than $400,000 in wagers in 2 months, as well as marijuana trafficking and weapons possession.

In December 2008, 11 people, including New England LCN captain Peter Limone, were indicted in Boston on charges of organizing a gambling syndicate involving a sports bookmaking operation, conspiracy, loansharking, and extorting payments from 4 unaffiliated sports bookmaking operations.

In December 2008, 9 people, some of whom had ties to the New England LCN, including Steven Contrada, were indicted in Boston on charges of organizing a gambling syndicate and conspiracy involving runnging a sports bookmaking operation.

In February 2009, New England member Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent was indicted in Providence on charges of murder conspiracy.

In April 2009, New England LCN member, Joseph "Junior" Pingaro, was indicted in Boston on charges of conspiracy and tax evasion on income of $3 million.

In April 2009, 2 people, including New England LCN member, Darin Bufalino, were indicted in Salem on charges of robbing a landscaper of $11,000.

In June 2009, New England LCN associate, Edward Gravalese, was indicted in Woburn on charges of organizing and promoting a gambling syndicate, keeping a gaming house, and conspiracy to keep a gaming house involving illegal high-stakes poker games.

In July 2009, Robert Jeffe, a Wall Street broker with past ties LCN member Gennaro "Gerry" Anguilo, was charged by the SEC in New York with securities fraud involving funneling $1 billion in funds through his company, Cohmad Securities Crop., to ponzi scheme conman Bernard Madoff.

In February 2010, the wife and son of member Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent were indicted in Providence on charges of extorting tribute payments from local bookmakers for reportedly between $800,000 and $1.5 million from 1988 to 2009.

In May 2010, as well as a superseding indictment in October 2010, 31 people, including New England LCN captain Mark Rossetti and soldiers Darin Bufalino and Michael Prechillo, were indicted in Boston on charges conspiracy, heroin and marijuana trafficking, running a sports bookmaking operation, loansharking, extortion, illegal weapons possession, armed robbery, money laundering, perjury, and witness intimidation. In March 2011, 4 people, Joseph Giallanella, Michael Petrillo, Charles Davis, and Charles Toomajian, some of who had been previously charged, were indicted in Boston on charges of conspiracy, larceny, and receiving stolen property involving $1.9 million that had been embezzled from a temp agency by Davis, and laundered by Toomajian, in order to pay gambling and loansharking debts to Giallanella and Petrillo.

In November 2010, 27 people, including New England LCN associates Joseph and Richard Tiberi, were indicted in Providence on charges of running a prescription drug trafficking ring that distributed oxycontin, oxycodone, percocet, and vicodin, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, soliciting another to commit a crime, an attempting to make an illegal bet.

In January 2011, and in superseding indictments in March 2011 and September 2011, and April 2012, 9 New England LCN members and associates, including former boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, acting boss Anthony DiNunzio, captain Edward "Carmine" Lato, and soldier Alfred "Chippy" Scivola, were indicted in Rhode Island on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, and travel-in-aid of racketeering, involving monthly protection payments of $2,000 to $6,000 a month from local adult businesses from 1993 to 2011, including strip clubs such as the Cadillac Lounge, Satin Doll, Foxy Lady, Desire, and Cheaters, the Northeast Sales adult bookstore, as well as the extortion of $25,000 from an auto dealer.

In May 2011 and November 2011, 25 people, including New England LCN captain Edward "Carmine" Lato, and soldiers Frank "Bobo" Marrapese Jr. and Alfred "Chippy" Scivola, were indicted in Providence on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit extortion, loansharking, organized criminal gambling, sports bookmaking, illegal trafficking in prescription drugs, criminal solicitation, felony shoplifting, and marijuana possession.

In December 2011, it was reported in an affidavit by the Rhode Island PD that Patriarca associate Frederick "Freddy" Carrozza had netted over $2 million from the sale of a house, even though it was only valued at $900,000, by the buyer lying on a mortgage application and getting a $2.2 million mortgage; with the sale proceeds going to Carrozza.
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"If you believe there's a hell...I don't know if you're into that...but we're already pretty much going there, right? But I'm not going to lie down until I get there."

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#655409 - 07/14/12 04:44 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
IvyLeague Offline


Registered: 08/13/08
Posts: 6782
PHILADELPHIA/SOUTH JERSEY

In January 2000, 11 people, including Philadelphia LCN acting boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, underboss Steven "Handsome Steve" Mazzone, consigliere George Borgesi, and soldiers Frank Gambino and John Ciancaglini, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, running a sports bookmaking operation, cocaine trafficking, and forcing a partnership with a local ring that burglarized tractor trailers and sold stolen goods (toy train sets, bicycles, sweatsuits, computers, TV's, ceiling fans, watches, baby formula, etc.)

In March 2000 and in superseding case in October 2001, Camden Mayor Milton Milan, an assistant James Mathis, and Philadelphia LCN associate Daniel Daidone, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and bribery related to bribery by former Philadelphia LCN boss Ralph Natale to receive city contracts.

In October 2000, 6 people, including Thomas Floriani, Richard Crossan and Frank Grabon, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation that stretched from Philadelphia to New Jersey, utilized phones, fax machines, and tally bets and sheets that showed 200,000 wagers in excess of $15 million.

In February 2001, 21 people, including Philadelphia acting underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massimino, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, loansharking, trafficking in cocaine and diazepam, and running a $30 million dollar sports bookmaking operation that took in $50,000 to $100,000 a week in profits.

In March 2001 and in a superseding indictment in August 2001, 9 people, including Philadelphia LCN acting boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, captain Vincent "Beeps" Centorino, associates Daniel D'Ambrosia, Joseph Servidio, Dominick "Tommy" DiNorscio, Raymond "Frenchie" Lepore, and Eugene "Little Gene" Wilson, as well as Gambino soldier Anthony Proto, Genovese associate Thomas DeMichael, and Lucchese associate Wayne Cross, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of racketeering, running a sports bookmaking operation that utilized a wireroom in Costa Rica, loansharking, extortion, ecstasy trafficking, and murder.

In September 2001, 34 video poker machines belonging to Philadelphia LCN acting boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, acting underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massamino, and captain Anthony "Ant" Staino were seized in Philadelphia. It was reported later that an estimated 50-60 bars in South Philadelphia had the machines, each of which took in about $1,000 a week, totaling $2 -$3 million a year.

In February 2003, Philadelphia LCN acting boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi was banned from Atlantic City casinos by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

In May 2003, Philadelphia LCN associate Anthony "Tony Gags" Gagliardi was indicted in New Jersey on charges of trafficking in 5 kilos of cocaine.

In May 2003, 21 people including Steven Vento Jr., the son of the late Philadelphia LCN associate Steven "Steaky" Vento, were indicted in Florida on charges of racketeering and dealing in stolen property involving a stolen luxury car ring that used fake vin numbers, titles, etc. In March 2010, Vento and 3 other people were named in a federal complaint in Florida charging them with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud involving a multimillion dollar mortgage fraud scam.

In May 2004, the New Jersey Commission of Investigation released a report on organized crime in the state, which included a summary of the Philadelphia LCN family; traditionally operative in South Jersey, and said to have roughly 50 members (half of which were in prison) and 100 associates. Due to infighting, turncoats, and prosecutions over the past 25 years, the family was down to only a few street level crews involved in sports bookmaking, numbers, video poker machines, loansharking, extortion, drug trafficking (particularly meth), and general thievery; and appeared to lack the "wherewithal to mount any foray into the legitimate business world."

In August 2004, 7 people, including John Garbarino Jr. and Felix Ezzio (a bookie and drug dealer who had longstanding ties to the Philadelphia LCN), were indicted in New Jersey on charges of conspiracy and promoting gambling involving a sports bookmaking operation that stretched from a wireroom in South Philadelphia to South Jersey and took in as much as $60,000 in bets a day between July and December 2003.

In November 2005, Philadelphia LCN associate Eugene "Louie Turco" Bulgarino was banned from Atlantic City casinos by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

In February 2006, 3 people, Richard Tocchet, police officer James Harney, and James Ulmer, were indicted in New Jersey on charges conspiracy, money laundering, and official misconduct involving a sports bookmaking operation, which had ties to the Philadelphia LCN, that handled $1.7 million in bets over a 40 day period.

Following a criminal complaint filed in October 2006, in November 2007, Philadephia LCN member Vincent "Big Vince" Filipelli was indicted in New Jersey on charges of conspiracy, promoting gambling, possession of gambling records, possession of steroids, money laundering, and weapons possession.

In May 2006, 18 people, including Joseph and John Mastronardo, were indicted in Montgomery, PA on charges of conspiracy and running a multimillion sports bookmaking operation. In April 2010, the Mastronardos were indicted again in Montgomery, PA on charges of illegal gambling, money laundering (which authorities believed was tied to organized crime), and parole violation.

In November 2006, 2 people, including Philadelphia LCN associate, Damion Canalichio, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of trafficking in over 300 grams of cocaine.

In July 2007, Philadelphia LCN associates, Danilo Starita and Edward Wagner, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of conspiracy, theft by deception, promoting gambling, falsifying records, and possessing gambling records involving a gambling operations that took in thousands of dollars a week and netted at least $1,000 a day. In January 2008, they were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of mortgage fraud.

In February 2008, Philadelphia LCN associates John Catalano, Thomas Demilio, and Harry Elwell, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of conspiracy, tax fraud, loansharking and organizing a kickback scheme to obtain a roofing project contract.

In April 2008, 24 people, including Philadelphia LCN members Michael Lancellotti and Anthony Nicodemo, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation out of an Atlantic City casino that handled $60 million in bets over a 20 month period, loansharking, and money laundering.

In May 2008, 9 people, including Michael O'Brien and Brad Pesin, were indicted in Philadephia on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation, which police believed was connected to the LCN, and that had handled $2.5 million in wagers.

In July 2008, 17 people, including Philadelphia LCN associates Louis "Bent Finger Louie" Monacello and Nicholas "Nicky the Hat" Cimino, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation that took in $1 million a month, loansharking, solicitation to commit aggravated assualt, conspiracy to commit perjury, fencing stolen goods, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. In November 2010, police raided a South Philadelphia beer distributor, Chappy's Beer, Butts, and Bets, owned by local attorney, Gregory Quigley, who was involved in the 2008 case. In February 2011, it was reported that a grand jury was conducting an investigation into strip clubs, towing companies, the Licenses & Inspections Department of Philadelphia, and Chappy's Beer, Butts, and Bets.

In September 2008, 13 people, including the son of former Philadelphia LCN captain, Charles "Charlie White" Iannece, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of trafficking in $6.6 million of crystal methemphatamine.

In September 2008, a construction company owned by the cousin of former Philadelphia LCN acting boss, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, applied to do work on Atlantic City casinos.

In October 2008, 14 people, including several contractors and Philadelphia LCN associate Anthony "Tony Nose" Iannuzzio, were indicted in Trenton, NJ on charges of fraud involving accepting money for home improvement jobs that were never completed. In December 2003, Iannuzzio had been indicted in Trenton on charges of operating an illegal waste disposal company.

In January 2009, 5 people, including Philadelphia LCN associate Michael Pacitti, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of running a theft ring at various country clubs that had stolen $100,000 in goods (laptops, IPods, TV's, jewelry, etc.) and attempting to make $25,000 in purchases from stolen credit cards.

In March 2009, former Hoboken parking utility director, John Corea and Philadelphia LCN associate, Brian Pettacio, were indicted in New Jersey on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, official misconduct, theft, and misapplication of government property involving a scheme to steal $1.7 million from the city's parking meters.

In July 2009, it was reported that, even with only about 20 active members on the street at the time, the Philadelphia LCN's total manpower of members and associates came to approixamately 150 men; and that the family continued to be involved in gambling, loansharking, and extortion.

In August 2009, it was reported that the Philadelphia LCN, under the leadership of acting boss, Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, was more "quieter, more discipined, and smaller" than in the past, with about 20 active members on the street compared to 60 total members in the late 1960's. The family focused mainly on illegal gambling, loansharking, and extortion and kept it's narcotics involvment to mostly financing a drug dealer's entry into the business for a one-time kickback. It had also simply stopped taking the bets of gamblers who didn't pay rather than resorting to assault. Despite it's lower profile, even to the point where some had written it off, a May 2011 article reported that the recent LCN bust had showed the Philadelphia LCN was "alive and well."

In September 2009, 50 video poker machines tied to the Philadelphia LCN were seized in raids on 13 establishments in Philadelphia.

In October 2010, it was reported that a news stand that sells state lottery tickets outside of one of South Philadelphia 's sports bars was owned by the wife of Philadelphia LCN member John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini.

In November 2010, 13 people, including local body shop owner Phillip Sessa, were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of insurance fraud, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, false reports to law enforcement, criminal use of a communications facility, false reports, deceptive business practices, criminal mischief, corrupt organization, criminal conspiracy, and operating a chop chop involving an insurance fraud and theft ring that damaged vehicles and then submitted over $300,000 in 22 fraudulent claims to insurance companies in order to receive payments for repairs. Some of those involved used the money to pay off loanshark debts or did free car repairs to pay off gambling debts to LCN figures such as Anthony "Ant" Staino.

In January 2011, and superseding indictments in May 2011 and April 2012, 14 people, including Philadelphia LCN acting boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massamino, consigliere George "Georgie" Borgesi, captains Anthony "Ant" Staino and Joseph "Scoops" Licata, and soldiers Martin "Marty" Angelina, Gaeton "Gate" Lucibello, Eric Esposito, and Louis "Big Lou" Fazzini, were charged in Philadelphia with racketeering, conspiracy, running a sports bookmaking operation, distributing video poker machines through JMA Industries in bars, restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, etc. - 86 of which were seized, loansharking, extortion of a rival video poker business by forcing it to sell it's machines at over 20 locations in May 2001, extortion of unaffiliated bookmakers, witness tampering, aiding and abetting, obstruction of justice, as well as theft from the IBT employee benefit plan through a $50,000 a year "no show" job Ligambi had with Top Job Disposal; which was cited in the December 2011 New Jersey Commission of Investigation report on ongoing organized crime involvement in the solid waste and unregulated recycling industry in New Jersey. In addition to his the trash hauling business, it was also reported that Ligambi had hidden interests in real estate and a towing company. It was also reported that Licata had conspired to get Fazzini a "no show" job through the Gambino's union connections.

In April 2011, it was reported that as part of an ongoing investigation into a drug dealing operation involving the illegal sale of prescription medications such as oxycodone, percocet, etc. and loansharking connected to Philadelphia LCN underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massimino, search warrants were executed at the homes of several members of the Pagan Motorcyle Gang, such as Joseph "The Goat" Ferrari, and LCN ssociates such as Nicky Volpe; as well as a bar where video poker machines had been seized.

In June 2011, it was reported that a South Philadelphia auto-body-shop owner and bookie and loanshark, Rocco Maniscalco, was killed in 2010 for not paying the street tax to representatives of George Borgesi.

In February 2012, it was reported through leaked law enforcement records that former Philadelphia LCN acting boss, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, may be in the process of setting up operations in the Miami, FL area and forming a crew that included Phillip "Disney" McFillin and John "Jack" Manfredi, who was operating a gambling website called Getitnow.com, as well as looking for investors in ATM's he wanted to install in strip clubs and massage parlors. Although having a job at a flooring company, the report stated Merlino had become involved in gambling activities again and was maintaining contact with former acting underboss, Steven "Handsome Steve" Mazzone in Philadelphia. Also, the report stated an unnamed associate of Merlino was in the process of purchasing a $1 million home and a Rolls Royce for Merlino. In May 2012, it was alleged in a detention memo that Merlino was the official boss of the Philadelphia LCN, as he had been while incarcerated.

In February 2012, 2 people, Philadelphia LCN soldier Robert Gentile, and associate Andrew Parente, were indicted in Connecticut on charges of felony possession of guns, explosives, silencers, other weapons, cash, drugs, and phony ID documents.

In May 2012, it was reported that authorities had filed a forfeiture seizure for nearly $180,000 that had been discovored in the backpack of William "Billy" Coyman, a former Teamster in Philadelphia, after he had collapsed at Manhattan train station the previous summer. It was alleged the money was part of a drug operation and that Coyman had been employed by 180 Entertainment Inc., which was owned by Anthony Fedele Jr., a known associate of Philadelphia LCN boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, and Joseph Burke, a convicted bank robber and drug trafficker from Boston.
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"If you believe there's a hell...I don't know if you're into that...but we're already pretty much going there, right? But I'm not going to lie down until I get there."

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#655410 - 07/14/12 04:44 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Registered: 08/13/08
Posts: 6782
CHICAGO

In February 2000, John Duff III was banned from the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union following the discovery that he had a no-show job with the union that paid $172,000 for several years and had organized crime ties.

In April 2000, 7 people, including Chicago LCN associates Anthony Dote and Carl Dote and former police officer Donald Scalise, and were indicted in Chicago on charges of racketeering and gambling involving a sports bookmaking operation that netted $2 million over 3 years.

In April 2000, 8 people, including former police detective William Handhart and Chicago LCN associate Paul "The Indian" Schiro, were indicted in Chicago on charges of running a $10 million jewelry theft ring, which had ties to the Outfit, that included 8 separate thefts of jewelry, watches, etc. in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas, Arizona, and California .

In April 2000, following an investigation into the murder of Chicago LCN associate Ronald Jarrett, 15 people, including Chicago LCN associates Chris Marcotte and Peter Frigo and members of the Latin Satan's Disciples street gang, were indicted in Chicago on charges of trafficking in up to $1 million in cocaine every 2 weeks in Chicago and Michigan.

In September 2000, Chicago LCN associates Robert Cechini and Lawrence Scialabba were were banned from the Grand Victoria riverboat Casino in Elgin, Ill. In April 2003, the casino agreed to pay a $3.2 million fine for giving a $300,000 air handling contract to Joseph and Jamie Bastone, the sons of late Chicago LCN figure Carmine Bastone.

In November 2000, Frank Zeuberis, an ex-official of LIUNA Local 5, was indicted in Chicago of embezzling $473,106 in union funds through increased salaries, bonuses, and vacations that benefited him, his wife, and former Secretary-Treasurer James DiForti, a Chicago LCN associate.

In articles in December 2000 and August 2002, it was reported that the Chicago LCN, under the leadership of John "No Nose" DiFronzo, Joseph "The Builder" Andriacchi, Joseph "The Clown" Lombardo, and James "Jimmy the Man" Marcello, was "less of a power, squeaking along with much less money, far fewer members (perhaps 50 compared to 200 in the 1980's, and from 7 crews down to 3), and a fraction of it's old political influence. However, this may have been by design, through keeping a lower profile by not shaking down every bookie, selling drugs at the street level, extorting legitimate businesses, avoiding violence, including simply cutting off dead beat gamblers, and generally having a "smaller core." And, whereas it was once "impressivley diversfied," the modern day Outfit relied heavily on a single source of income - illegal gambling, specifically sports boomaking and video poker. It also was said to continue to wield "sophisticated" influence in labor unions and invest in legitimate businesses like restaurants, strip clubs, real estate, and stocks; finance drug deals, maintain affiliation with groups involved in stolen goods, and pay off local politicians and police officials to protect gambling operations.

In January 2001, 3 Chicago Chicago LCN members, Frank Caruso Jr., Bruno Caruso, and Leo Caruso, as well as Joseph Lombardo Jr. (son of Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo), all officials of LIUNA Locals 1001, 1006 and the Chicago Laborers District Council were removed from their positions. The following year, James Capasso Jr., who was already making over $100,000 a year as the executive director of the Laborers Annuity Benefit Fund of Chicago and allowed Local 1001 union members to collect inflated city pensions on top of their union pensions, resigned from Local 1001 and attempted to collect a pension, based on records showing union dues had been set aside for him over the past 18 years, despite him never holding an official position. In May 2004, LIUNA Local 1001 was put under federal trusteeship due to ongoing corruption and organized crime influence and Nicholas Gironda, who had replaced Bruno Caruso, was also removed from the Local for embezzling from the pension fund by receiving contributions for hous he never worked and for approving contributions for others who didn't qualify for them.

In March 2001, Illinois state regulators denied a license to Emerald Casino Inc. to operate a gambling boat in Rosemont, Illinois, citing the group's alleged connections to Chicago LCN associate Nick Boscarino and relatives of the late William "Potatoes" Daddano. In December 2002, the Illinois Gaming Board banned D&P Construction, owned by Chicago LCN boss John "No Nose" DiFronzo, from hauling trash from the casino. In July 2001, it was reported that Chicago LCN associates involved with the casino had donated almost $150,000 to local public officials.

In March 2001, Chicago LCN associate and owner of the Admiral Theater strip club, Salvatore "Sam" Cecola, was nominated by the Nevada Gaming Commission to be included in the state's excluded persons list, known as the "Black Book."

In June 2001, 10 people, including Chicago LCN members Michael Spano, James "Jimmy the Icepick" Inendino, and the mayor of Cicero, were indicted in Chicago on charges of racketeering, bribery, official misconduct, wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, tax evasion conspiracy, and money laundering involving the diversion of over $10 million from Cicero's insurance funds for personal benefit. In April 2010, Inendino was investigated regarding his operations outside a local currency exchange.

In August 2001, it was reported that the Menominee Indian tribe pulled out of a Kenosha casino deal because one of it's major investors was Morgan Murphy Jr., a former Chicago congressman who had ties to an Chicago LCN-connected labor official.

In September 2001, 4 people, including Chicago LCN associate Anthony Giannone, were indicted in Chicago on charges of conspiracy and trafficking in 220 lbs of marijuana over a 3 month period.

In January 2002 (?), Chicago LCN associate Anthony Calabrese was indicted in Chicago on charges of assault and armed robbery of a leather shop, tattoo parlor, and meat packing plant.

In February 2002, 8 people, including Chicago LCN associate William "Billy D" DiDomenico, were indicted in Chicago on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation over a 10 year period.

In March 2002, Richard Caravetta, an official of LIUNA Local 2, resigned due his organized crime ties and various union violations.

In April 2002, 10 people, including Phillip Cozzo (son of Chicago LCN member James "Jimmy" Cozzo) were indicted in Chicago for skimming over $3.2 million from illegal bingo games at the Grand Palace bingo hall.

In April 2002, 3 companies owned by the LCN-connected Duff family were investigated for winning a city contract worth tens of millions of dollars, while at the same time controlling the union their employees belonged to - the Liquor & Wine Sales Representatives, Tire, Plastic, and Allied Workers Union.

In July 2002, Joel Glickman, was arrested and pled guilty to collecting over $500,000 in illegal sports wagers. 2 years earlier, in July 2000, it was reported that Chicago Bears executive, Bryan Harlan, had placed bets with Glickman for the past 5 years. In July 2007, Glickman was taken into custody after he refused to testify about paying between $1,300 and $2,000 to Chicago LCN member, Frank "Frankie Breeze" Calabrese, during the Family Secrets trial.

In July 2002, 4 people (Chicago LCN connected?), including Peter "Cuz" Demondo (a printing products salesman), Richard Demondo, and Frank "Knuckles" Mattelli, were charged in Chicago with running a sports bookmaking business that took bets ranging from $50 to $2,000 and utilized a dozen cell phones. The operation reportedly took in $300,000 in profit from 1996 and 1999.

In October 2002, the report "The Teamsters: Perception and Reality" was released, resulting from the RISE investigation into ongoing organized crime influence and corruption in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which included investigations into IBT Locals 330 (associating with organized crime figures), 714 (bid-rigging; put under trusteeship in 2008), 726 (extortion of union members for jobs by former foreman who was an Outfit associate), 727 (business agent had possible mob ties; embezzlement from vision/dental plan), 743 (banned official possibly still have ties to local; current official may have entered into sham CBA's and is involved in video poker business, rigged elections), 781 (banned official may still have contact with local; local may be engaged in business with a benefit service provider run by the son of a slain Outfit associate), 786 (local official and benefits administrator associating with organized crime figures; misappropriation of union funds; Outfit control of a major local provider; use of non-union labor and failure to contribute to benefit funds), in Chicago. The report went on to state, "The Chicago area, more than anywhere else where Teamsters entities are concentrated, continues to furnish the conditions that have historically made the union vulnerable to organized crime infiltration and systemic corruption: an organized crime family that still has considerable strength, a corrupt business and political environment, and resistance to anti-racketeering reform by key Teamsters leaders."

In May 2002, Chicago LCN associates Nick Boscarino and Ralph Aulenta, were indicted in Chicago on charges of tax fraud, insurance fraud, and money laundering involving the siphoning of over $460,000 from the Village of Rosemont through a LCN-owned insurance company.

In February 2003, 17 people, including Chicago LCN associate Rick Rizzolo, who were involved with the Crazy Horse Too strip club in Nevada were indicted on charges of racketeering, corruption, extortion, robbery, and tax fraud.

In March 2003, 4 people, (Chicago LCN connected?) Frank DiCostanzo, Joseph Galiano, Vincent Saviano, and Marvin Topel were indicted in Chicago on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation from November 1989 through September 1999.

In August 2003, 2 people, including Chicago LCN associate Joseph "Pooch" Pascucci and Mary Daddano, the daughter of the late Outfit figure, Willie "Potatoes" Daddano, were indicted in Chicago on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation.

In September 2003, 7 people associated with the LCN-connected Duff family were indicted in Chicago on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering involving winning $100 million in city contracts through sham women and minority-owned businesses and evading more than $3 million in payments to the workers compensation insurance premiums.

In November 2003, 9 members of the Projectionist Union Local 110, which had past ties to the Outfit, were indicted in Chicago on charges of conspiracy and arson involving 20 incidents in movie theaters in 10 states related to labor contract disputes.

In June 2004, 5 people, including Chicago LCN associates Joseph "Pooch" Pascucchi and Demitri "Jimmy" Stavropolous, were indicted in Chicago on charges of running a bookmaking operation that grossed $3 million over 3 years. In April 2010, it was reported that the family-owned bank of a Democratic Senate candidate, Alexi Giannoulis, had loaned $20 million to Stavropolous and Michael Giorango. Stavropolous would later be identified in November 2011 as a $5,000 a week consultant to the politically connected Polekatz strip club.

In July 2004, after being banned in 1999 from LIUNA Local 2, Chicago LCN member John "Pudgy" Matassa Jr. was reported to be the secretary-treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Workers Union Local 711.

In November 2004, the "Hired Truck Program" scandal broke, in which at least 28 people and 26 trucking and carting companies, including JMS Trucking owned by Chicago LCN member James Inendino, Dialex Trucking owned by the son of the late Chicago LCN member Joseph "Shorty" LaMantia, Chica Trucking Inc. owned by the sister-in-law of Chris Spina, Karen's Kartage owned by the wife of former LCN-connected trucking magnate Fred Barbara, and Miffy Co. Inc. owned by a relative of the late LCN-connected Alderman Fred Roti, were charged in Chicago in a series of indictments with racketeering conspiracy, bribery, bid-rigging, theft, billing at union wages while using non-union labor, and obstruction of justice in a scheme to obtain $40 million in city contracts.

In February 2005, it was reported that a tribal casino boat (Lac du Flambeau) off the coast of Cancun Mexico had a Chicago attorney, Alexandar Salerno, who had represented Chciago figures such as Harry Aleman and Michael Spano Sr. , as an investor.

In April 2005, 14 people, including Chicago LCN members James "Jimmy the Man" Marcello, Joseph "The Clown" Lombardo, Frank "Brankie Breeze" Calabrese, and Nicholas Calabrese, were indicted in Chicago on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, running sports bookmaking and video poker operations, extorting a "street tax" from restaurant and 2 porn shops, tax evasion, and multiple murder counts. In January 2007, a U.S. Marshal, John Ambrose, was indicted in Chicago with illegally disclosing information about turncoat Nicholas Calabrese to Outfit members.

In articles in May 2005 and September 2007, it was reported the Chicago LCN had 25-30 members, a little over 100 associates, and had downsized from 6 crews to 4: the Elmwood Park crew, the Grand Avenue crew, the Cicero/Melrose Park crew, and the 26th Street/Chinatown crew. These crews were said to be run in "northern and southern sections." The Chicago LCN was said to still be involved in sports bookmaking, video poker machines, loansharking, extorting "street taxes" from businesses, as well as infiltrate legitimate businesses and labor unions.

In a series of 5 news stories from November 2005 to August 2011, it was reported that D&P Construction and JKS Ventures, owned by Chicago LCN boss John "No Nose" DiFronzo, had received over $5 million in contracts from 15 local townships on projects including a church, a bridgehouse, a strip mall, a canal, the University of Illinois, a Catholic Seminary, local public schools, and a a construction site in Chicago harbor.

In December 2005, 2 parole officials in Springfield were indicted on charges of voting to release Chicago LCN associate Harry Aleman in exchange for one of the official's sons receiving help to secure employment as a singer in Las Vegas.

In February 2006, 9 people, including Chicago LCN associate Frank "Gumba" Saladino, were indicted in Rockford for running a sports bookmaking operation that netted over $500,000.

In July 2007, 7 people, including Melrose Park Chief Vito Scalvo, who had past ties to the Chicago LCN, were indicted in Chicago on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, false billing, and concealment of profit, involving the use of police officers for personal use in Scalvo's security company; which local businesses were forced to use.

In September 2007, it was reported that the Chicago LCN, under the leadership of John "No Nose" DiFronzo, Peter DiFronzo, Joseph "The Builder" Andriacchi, and Michael "The Large Guy" Sarno, had 28 members and over 100 associates in 4 crews run in "northern and southern sections" - the North Side/Elmwood Park crew, the West Side/Grand Avenue crew, the Cicero/Melrose Park crew, and the South Side/26th Street/Chinatown crew. In June 2011, it was reported the Outfit was down to 2 or 3 crews.

In February 2009, 30 Chicago LCN-connected video poker machines were seized from 10 businesses on the South Side.

In March 2009, 2 people, including former Chicago LCN associate Mario Rainone, were indicted in Chicago on charges of burglary.

In March 2009, a civil RICO complaint was filed in Chicago against 7 people, including Chicago LCN members John "No Nose" DiFronzo, Peter "Greedy Petey" DiFronzo, and Rudolph "Uncle Rudy" Fratto, that charged them with extortion, intimidation, loansharking, and murder conspiracy involving ownership of a Melrose Park medical clinic. It was later alleged that the DiFronzos and complicit executives had been involved in a scheme to deplete the resources and credit lines of a local grocer (Certified Grocers) in order to increase business for another grocer (Central Grocers).

In May 2009, 8 people, including Chicago LCN member Michael "The Large Guy" Sarno, Casey Szaflarski (son in law of Frank "Toots" Caruso), Chicago police officers Dino Vitalo and James Formato, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member Mark Polchan, were indicted in Chicago on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, engaging in nine jewelry robberies worth over $1.8 million, transportation and fencing of stolen cigarettes, distributing video poker machines, arson of a rival video poker business, obstruction of a criminal investigation, wire fraud, and tax evasion.

In September 2009, Chicago LCN member Rudolph "Uncle Rudy" Fratto was indicted in Chicago on charges of tax evasion.

In December 2009, 10-12 locations on the South Side were raided for video poker machines, which were tied to the late Outfit member Joseph "Shorty" LaMantia.

In March 2010, Chicago LCN member Rudolph "Uncle Rudy" Fratto and an associate were indicted in Chicago on charges of mail fraud involving a contract bid-rigging scheme to provide forklift trucks for local trade shows.

In April 2010, as well as a superseding indictment in January 2011, 3 Chicago LCN connected burglars, Joseph Scalise, Robert Pullia, and Arthur Rachel, were were indicted in Chicago on charges of racketeering conspiracy to rob both a bank and the home of late Chicago LCN member Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra.

In August 2010, Anthony Boscarino was indicted in Tuscon, AZ on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, mail fraud, tax evasion, and firearms involving an internet gambling investment scam that took $7.7 million from investors.

In December 2010, the All Stars strip club, owned by Chicago LCN associate William "Billy" Galioto, caught fire. Organized crime experts said that the club had been struggling financially and had several tax liens.

In January 2012, it was reported that former Chicago LCN bookie, Ralph "Curly" Peluso, had been rehired at his $76,000 a year job with the Illinois Department of Transportation, with back pay of $103,000, due to the intervention of the Teamsters Union.

In May 2012, (shelved?) Chicago LCN member, Michael Magnafichi, was arrested in Naperville, IL on charges of retail theft. It was his 5th shoplifting offense in recent years.
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#655411 - 07/14/12 04:45 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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DETROIT

In January 2001, it was found that an official of IBT Union Local 614, Michael Bane, had lied about his past ties to Detroit LCN figures such as Vincent Meli, Vito Giacalone, and Anthony LaPiana Jr.

In July 2005, Mark Cocchiola and Steven Venchanos were indicted in New Jersey on charges of bank fraud, securities fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud involving what Cocchiola would later claim to be a "Mafia bust out" of their cheese company Suprema Specialties, by the Detroit LCN, specifically Jack Gaglio who owned 4 companies that were Suprema's biggest customers. The charges alleged the value of the company had been inflated in order to obtain millions of dollars in credit from banks and attract investors. The SEC also filed a civil complaint citing they took $5.8 million in stock profits out of the company before it collapsed.

In March 2006, 15 people, including Detroit LCN members Peter Tocco, Dominick Corrado, and Jack Giacalone, were indicted in Detroit on charges of racketeering, running a multimillion dollar sports bookmaking operation, loansharking, and money laundering through a used car business.

In May 2009, 8 people, including Mitchel Karam, who had past ties to the Detroit LCN, and Ghazzi Mani,were indicted in Detroit on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud involving a point shaving scheme for sports betting purposes.

In May 2011, Giuseppe and Girolamo D'Anna, the great-nephews of the late Detroit LCN member Anthony "Tony Cars" D'Anna and owners of the Tiramisu Restaurant, were indicted in Detroit on charges of assault with intent to murder, extortion, and witness intimidation involving the beating of a rival restaurant owner.
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#655436 - 07/14/12 01:21 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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This is great, Thanks Ivy. BTW where on earth do you get all this info from?
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#655438 - 07/14/12 02:00 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: Antonio]
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Originally Posted By: Antonio
This is great, Thanks Ivy. BTW where on earth do you get all this info from?



U should check out this thread:

http://www.gangsterbb.net/threads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=653952#Post653952

Especially ivyleague's answer.
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#655446 - 07/14/12 03:11 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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There seems to be a lot of conjecture over Detroit membership numbers. That documentary that a poster from RD made, said something like 50 and that they were doing pretty well, but surely there can only be a handful?

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#655448 - 07/14/12 03:40 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Wow. That's a lot of info. A lot of these don't make a whole lot of press coverage. I'm sure the FBI hates that.

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#655464 - 07/14/12 05:53 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: Ted]
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One question I do have that I might have asked elsewhere as well is that, do people like bookies and collectors do other crimes, like robberies and trafficking or do they only stick to bookmaking.
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#655468 - 07/14/12 07:06 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: Antonio]
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Originally Posted By: Antonio
One question I do have that I might have asked elsewhere as well is that, do people like bookies and collectors do other crimes, like robberies and trafficking or do they only stick to bookmaking.


Depends on how successful the bookmaking operation is. I suppose the guy running the book is probably the most well off so he won't need to do other things. Soldiers and associates are often the ones who end up doing robberies and drug deals to make money. A lot of these guys are not making the millions like say michael francheze was making, but then again a lot of these guys most likely don't have dads who were high ranking members to begin with. Charles Carneglia is a good example, he never really was a money maker. He had a weed business that fizzled out. He mostly just collected the tribute off his associates and did strong arm stuff like extortions and armed robberies but he blew most of his money on drink and drugs. The only constant source of income he had was the junkyard which also doubled as a place for murder and torture but he himself was never rich.

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#655489 - 07/15/12 01:36 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: Antonio]
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Originally Posted By: Antonio
This is great, Thanks Ivy. BTW where on earth do you get all this info from?


Originally Posted By: Ted
Wow. That's a lot of info. A lot of these don't make a whole lot of press coverage. I'm sure the FBI hates that.


Often, only the big cases, or where some big wig is charged, get a lot of attention in the press. The smaller stuff may get a blurb in the paper but is quickly gone. It's why so many of the average Joe's, who don't follow this stuff closely, are often surprised when a really big mob bust comes down the pike. Their response is usually, "Wow, I didn't know the mob was still around."

Anyway, to answer the original question, I follow news sites, the prosecutor's offices in different areas, the FBI's sites, the Justice Department site, and others. It's all there on the web for anyone to see if they take time.

Originally Posted By: Nicholas
There seems to be a lot of conjecture over Detroit membership numbers. That documentary that a poster from RD made, said something like 50 and that they were doing pretty well, but surely there can only be a handful?


That documentary (Detroit Mob Confidential) was also made, in part, by Scott. Again, one one hand, mcscott provides a lot of good info on Detroit. Information we wouldn't have otherwise. On the other hand, as I've said, I do believe he embellishes at times. Heck, in the trailer to that documentary, they call the Detroit mob "America's Most Successful Mafia family." To me, that sounds much like Volkman referring to the Luccheses as the "Crown Jewel" of the NY mob in his book Gangbusters. Or the Rizzutos being called the "Sixth family" in the book by Lamothe and Humphreys.

I often get made out to be the bad guy over on the RD for saying there really shouldn't be much conjecture on Detroit. I may sound like a broken record but, the fact that there were 29 members back in 1996, doesn't make the estimate of 50 today seem very credible. Furthermore, the lack of cases in recent years is evidence in itself that the family may not be as big and robust as some want to believe.

Originally Posted By: Antonio
One question I do have that I might have asked elsewhere as well is that, do people like bookies and collectors do other crimes, like robberies and trafficking or do they only stick to bookmaking.


If you look at the smaller families in particular, like New England or Philadelphia for example, bookmaking and loansharking are the core, day-to-day money makers. And other things, like drug trafficking, stolen goods, etc, seem to be an "appendage" to that. Ways to bring in some additional income.
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#655678 - 07/16/12 03:58 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Ivy that was awesome!! Thanks!

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#655697 - 07/16/12 08:20 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: NickyScarfo]
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Ivy is gonna have my head for saying this: but NickyScarfo in response to your assumption that the Detroit family only has a few members left....I wholly disagree. They have had a reduction in size and power, as all of the families have incurred. But the Detroit family is active, and VERY stable. We have had many discussions (arguements) on the RD over the years about this issue. The Detroit families main source of power and stability is having the same boss since 1979 and the fact that most members are related or related by marriage. Ivy..... your up.


Edited by SilentPartnerz (07/16/12 08:22 PM)
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#655724 - 07/16/12 11:36 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: SilentPartnerz]
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Originally Posted By: SilentPartnerz
Ivy is gonna have my head for saying this: but NickyScarfo in response to your assumption that the Detroit family only has a few members left....I wholly disagree. They have had a reduction in size and power, as all of the families have incurred. But the Detroit family is active, and VERY stable. We have had many discussions (arguements) on the RD over the years about this issue. The Detroit families main source of power and stability is having the same boss since 1979 and the fact that most members are related or related by marriage. Ivy..... your up.


I don't know what I can say that I haven't already said dozens of times. It comes down to me looking at certain factors that others choose not to, for whatever reason. So, since we're using different criteria to make a judgement, we'll argue about it indefinitely.

To sum up "my" case:

1. In 1996 (16 years ago now) the family was said to have 29 members. That figure was straight from the FBI and one can read it in print from articles around the time of the GameTax case. Everything that's been said on the internet about the feds not identifying some members at the time, or that new ceremonies have been made since then, are rumor, hearsay, and speculation. I don't know how many members have died during the last 16 years but I know at least 4 have died since 2006.

2. There has been fairly little in the way of mob activity in Detroit in recent years. One somewhat sizable gambling case in 2006 and some more relatively minor stuff. In my opinion, the reason for this is the same reason there's been fairly little mob activity in Buffalo or Kansas City. Not that the Detroit family is especially astute at avoiding detection.

3. Some reports still list Detroit as a viable family. So, if some choose, they have reason to still Detroit so. But there's little reason to claim the family is as large or as active as some claim. Having the same boss for so long, as well as having so many related members, can certainly help to insulate the family. But that doesn't mean they're able to withstand the effects of general attrition or have the resources to expand much beyond the standard bookmaking and loansharking rackets.
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#655729 - 07/17/12 12:11 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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I don't know much about the detroit mob but i don't really buy the whole related by marriage or blood stuff, what they gonna do, keep reproducing gangster kids in the suburbs or what ever high class area they live in. They might still be around but just in loose groups doing loansharking and gambling or the leadership got old and there probably was not enough members to sustain a hierarchy and guys justs split off from it or walked away.

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#655739 - 07/17/12 02:04 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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i think the boston mafia when anthony was tappd as acting boss probaly made half of east boston and revere in his 1,2 yr role. but when baby shacks in rhode island tried to keep it super small i think theres 250k italians in that small state. booby deluca must have died cause if he fliped i think there would be more then 8 guys shacking down strip clubs in rhode island he knows about a ton of murders. but the fbi past is so dirty they dont want to make cases on the mob in boston burry it and pray whitey dies before trial and it looks that way.

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#655751 - 07/17/12 03:45 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: Scorsese]
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Originally Posted By: Scorsese
I don't know much about the detroit mob but i don't really buy the whole related by marriage or blood stuff, what they gonna do, keep reproducing gangster kids in the suburbs or what ever high class area they live in. They might still be around but just in loose groups doing loansharking and gambling or the leadership got old and there probably was not enough members to sustain a hierarchy and guys justs split off from it or walked away.


That's pretty much what happened. There are still about 15 or so made guys around, but they are almost all old, rich, and content with that. Same with Buffalo.

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#655761 - 07/17/12 06:52 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: Ivan]
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Originally Posted By: Ivan

That's pretty much what happened. There are still about 15 or so made guys around, but they are almost all old, rich, and content with that. Same with Buffalo.


And oh at what the stories those guys could tell.
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#655766 - 07/17/12 08:50 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: Nicholas]
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Originally Posted By: Nicholas
And oh at what the stories those guys could tell.


Some of them may actually know the details of how Jimmy Hoffa got it.
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#655886 - 07/18/12 10:38 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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#655989 - 07/19/12 03:11 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Even though they're not considered viable anymore, here are the cases involving remnants of other families since 2000 -


BUFFALO

In February 2000, 25 people, including Russell Carcone, the son of soldier Benedetto "Benny" Carcone, were indicted in Utica, NY on charges of enterprise corruption, conspiracy, grand larceny, and possession of stolen property involving a $35 million shoplifting ring that included items such as videos, razor blades, batteries, radios, CD players, calculators, medications, video games, cameras, etc. from localo stores such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, CVS, Sears, JC Penney, Staples, Office Max, etc.

In June 2000, Rochester LCN-faction member Thomas Marotta was indicted in the Western District of New York on charges of conspiracy, cocaine trafficking in Rochester and New York City, laundering $200,000 to $350,000 in gambling and drug profits,transporting 6 stolen vehicles from Rochester to Cleveland, and trafficking in $120,000 to $200,000 in stolen food stamps.

In September 2001, Buffalo LCN captain, Frank "Butchie BiFocals" BiFulco. was indicted in Buffalo on charges of fraud, conspiracy and arson for having an associate's car torched in an insurance scam.

In September 2002, Buffalo LCN captain, Sonny Nicoletti Jr., and an associate were indicted in Niagara Falls, NY on charges of racketeering, running a sports bookmaking operation that used a wireroom in the Dominican Republic , conspiracy to commit robbery, weapons possession, and extortion.

In June 2005, Rochester LCN-faction members Dominic "Sonny" Celestino and Frank Frassetto were indicted in the Western District of New York on charges of conspiracy to steal $90 million from a financial institution in New York and wire the money to a bank in Miami.

In January 2006, LIUNA Local 210 in Buffalo, which had past ties to the Buffalo LCN, was declared free of control of organized crime after it had been put under federal trusteeship in 1996.

In June 2006, 11 people, including Buffalo LCN associate Leonard Mordino, were indicted in Buffalo on charges cocaine trafficking.

As of July 2012, former Buffalo LCN boss, Joseph "Lead Pipe Joe" Todar Sr., Joseph Todaro Jr., as well as Joseph Todaro III, continued to operate their La Nova pizza and wing restaurant chain in Buffalo.



SCRANTON, PA

In February 2003, NE Pennsylvania LCN member William "Big Billy" D'Elia was banned from Atantic City casinos by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. In October 2006, NE Pennsylvania LCN member William "Big Billy" D'Elia was indicted in Scranton, PA on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, subornation of perjury, obstruction of justice, contempt of court, witness tampering, and solicitation of homicide. In February 2012, 2 people, Louis Pagnotti and Frank Pavlico, were indicted in Pennsylvania on charges of laundering $200,000 in drug money; and were reported to have paid tribute to D'Elia.
In January 2009, after he had turned state's witness, William D'Elia testified against businessmen Louis DeNaples who had lied about past ties to the LCN when he applied for a casino license.



PITTSBURGH

In October 2000, 15 people, including Pittsburgh LCN underboss John "Sonny" Ciancutti, were indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of racketeering, criminal conspiracy, running a sports bookmaking and numbers operation, distributing video poker machines, and money laundering.

In March 2001, LIUNA Local 1058 in Pittsburgh was put under federal oversight due to ongoing corruption and organized crime influence.

In March 2003, 14 people, including Pittsburgh LCN associate Adolph "Junior" Williams, were indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of illegal gambling involving a $2.5 million a year numbers operation.

In February 2006 and November 2006, 12 people, including Pittsburgh LCN associates John "Duffy" Conley and Chris Hankish, was indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of operating a $15 million a year video poker machine business, as well as running a sports bookmaking operation that handled $3 million in bets in less than a month in 2005 and stretched from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom.

In May 2007, Pittsburgh LCN associate, Salvatore Williams, was accused of opening illegal parking lots in Manhattan.



CLEVELAND

In August 2003, 6 people, including Virgil Ogletree, who had past ties to the Cleveland LCN, were indicted in Cleveland on charges of running a numbers operation that grossed $10 million a year.

In August 2003, 30 people, including ones with ties to the Cleveland LCN, such as Alfred Laudato, Ronald Lucarelli, and Robert Walsh, were indicted in Cleveland on charges of trafficking in $12 million in cocaine and marijuajna over the past 2 years.

In September 2008, it was reported that the offices of a local development company (Nature Stone Flooring) owned by Los Angeles LCN member Russell "Rusty" Masetta, who was a former official of IBT Local 416 and son-in-law of Los Angeles CN boss Peter "Shakes" Milano, and John Joyce, a former associate of the late IBT President Jackie Presser, was raided by the FBI in an investigation involving Cayuhoga County Commissioner Jimmy DiMora. In March 2011, 8 people, including DiMora and 2 county judges, were indicted in Cleveland on charges of racketeering, corruption, trading jobs for bribes and campaign donations, etc.



KANSAS CITY

In November 2003, 5 people, including the son of late Kansas City LCN member Charles Cacciopoi, were indicted on in Kansas City on charges of bribing a former physical plant director at Rockhurst University to get almost $1 million in contracts for demolition and asbestos removal.

In March 2009, 11 people, including the daughter of a Kansas City LCN associate (Gina Vigliaturo), were indicted in Kansas City on charges of stealing materials to produce $40 million worth of methemphetamine.

In March 2009, 10 people, including Kansas City LCN member William Cammisano Jr., were indicted in Kansas City on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation, that used an 800 number of internet sites in Arizona and Costa Rica, and took in $3.6 million in bets over 3 years.

In September 2009, from evidence discovered during the March gambling raids, a defendant in the case, James "Jimmy" DiCapo, was also indicted in Kansas City on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and trafficking in over $400,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise; i.e. purses, shoes, wallets, sunglasses, hats, t-shirts, etc.

In June 2011, 2 Kansas City LCN associates, Vincent Pisciotta and Mark Sorrentino, were indicted in Kansas City on charges of conspiracy, arson, and mail fraud for their involvement in helping a restaurant owner burn his business in 2008.



ST. LOUIS

In September 2010, it was reported that Aprille, Tony, and Nick Trupiano (children of late St. Louis LCN boss Matthew "Mike" Trupiano) were fueding with local residents, business leaders, and city officials over their nightclub (Lure).



TAMPA

In October 2000, 19 people, including Tampa LCN member Steve Raffa, were indicted in Florida on charges of racketeering, illegal gambling, loansharking, obstruction of justice, and money laundering through check-cashing stores; including for a South Carolina fraud ring that reportedly brought in $32 million in profits.

In January 2004, 8 people, including Tampa LCN associate John Mamone, were indicted in Florida on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, kidnapping, kidnapping, attempted murder, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and trafficking in $80 million worth of marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. since 1991.

In November 2010, it was repoted that Joseph Digerlando, a successful real estate developer who had been identified as a Tampa LCN member, was suing the owners of the proposed John's Pass Complex for lack of payment on a $5 million loan.



WESTERN STATES

In July 2002, it was reported that, while most of the 26 LCN families were doing business in Las Vegas in the early 1980's, only the 5 New York families and the Chicago Outfit maintained a presence in the city at present; and that only about a dozen LCN members currently lived there. It was also reported that, since the LCN had lost control of casinos in the 1980's, it had been involved in sports bookmaking, loansharking, extortion, drug trafficking, vending machines, telmarketing fraud, credit card fraud, slot cheating, vending machines, adult nightclubs, and outcall escort services.

In April 2011, it was reported that Asian and Eurasian organized crime had eclipsed traditional organized crime cases involving La Cosa Nostra as a priority for the FBI in Las Vegas.

From 2002 to 2005, the annual Organized Crime in California reports said the biggest threat from traditional organized crime (TOC) to California appeared to be from a few East Coast crime families, who were firmly established in the state and often associated with power brokers in California, engaging in illegal activity between Las Vegas (said to be home to about a dozen LCN members), Los Angeles, and San Diego; including loansharking, sports bookmaking, and infiltration of legitimate businesses such as parts of the entertainment industry (including the entertainment side of the gaming industry), food service industry, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs used for money laundering, profit skimming, consumer-fraud schemes, tax evasion, etc. The only West Coast-based remnant of LCN was the Southern California crime family, which was said to have 15 to 20 members and associates, and was likely to continue to diminish, if not disappear, due to arrests and aging leadership; and they remained only sparsely active in a few illegal schemes, such as fraud and loansharking. The LCN in San Francisco and San Jose was said to be dormant. The LCN was not mentioned in subsequent reports.
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#656081 - 07/19/12 09:02 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Originally Posted By: IvyLeague
Even though they're not considered viable anymore, here are the cases involving remnants of other families since 2000 -


BUFFALO

In February 2000, 25 people, including Russell Carcone, the son of soldier Benedetto "Benny" Carcone, were indicted in Utica, NY on charges of enterprise corruption, conspiracy, grand larceny, and possession of stolen property involving a $35 million shoplifting ring that included items such as videos, razor blades, batteries, radios, CD players, calculators, medications, video games, cameras, etc. from localo stores such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, CVS, Sears, JC Penney, Staples, Office Max, etc.

In June 2000, Rochester LCN-faction member Thomas Marotta was indicted in the Western District of New York on charges of conspiracy, cocaine trafficking in Rochester and New York City, laundering $200,000 to $350,000 in gambling and drug profits,transporting 6 stolen vehicles from Rochester to Cleveland, and trafficking in $120,000 to $200,000 in stolen food stamps.

In September 2001, Buffalo LCN captain, Frank "Butchie BiFocals" BiFulco. was indicted in Buffalo on charges of fraud, conspiracy and arson for having an associate's car torched in an insurance scam.

In September 2002, Buffalo LCN captain, Sonny Nicoletti Jr., and an associate were indicted in Niagara Falls, NY on charges of racketeering, running a sports bookmaking operation that used a wireroom in the Dominican Republic , conspiracy to commit robbery, weapons possession, and extortion.

In June 2005, Rochester LCN-faction members Dominic "Sonny" Celestino and Frank Frassetto were indicted in the Western District of New York on charges of conspiracy to steal $90 million from a financial institution in New York and wire the money to a bank in Miami.

In January 2006, LIUNA Local 210 in Buffalo, which had past ties to the Buffalo LCN, was declared free of control of organized crime after it had been put under federal trusteeship in 1996.

In June 2006, 11 people, including Buffalo LCN associate Leonard Mordino, were indicted in Buffalo on charges cocaine trafficking.

As of July 2012, former Buffalo LCN boss, Joseph "Lead Pipe Joe" Todar Sr., Joseph Todaro Jr., as well as Joseph Todaro III, continued to operate their La Nova pizza and wing restaurant chain in Buffalo.



SCRANTON, PA

In February 2003, NE Pennsylvania LCN member William "Big Billy" D'Elia was banned from Atantic City casinos by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. In October 2006, NE Pennsylvania LCN member William "Big Billy" D'Elia was indicted in Scranton, PA on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, subornation of perjury, obstruction of justice, contempt of court, witness tampering, and solicitation of homicide. In February 2012, 2 people, Louis Pagnotti and Frank Pavlico, were indicted in Pennsylvania on charges of laundering $200,000 in drug money; and were reported to have paid tribute to D'Elia.
In January 2009, after he had turned state's witness, William D'Elia testified against businessmen Louis DeNaples who had lied about past ties to the LCN when he applied for a casino license.



PITTSBURGH

In October 2000, 15 people, including Pittsburgh LCN underboss John "Sonny" Ciancutti, were indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of racketeering, criminal conspiracy, running a sports bookmaking and numbers operation, distributing video poker machines, and money laundering.

In March 2001, LIUNA Local 1058 in Pittsburgh was put under federal oversight due to ongoing corruption and organized crime influence.

In March 2003, 14 people, including Pittsburgh LCN associate Adolph "Junior" Williams, were indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of illegal gambling involving a $2.5 million a year numbers operation.

In February 2006 and November 2006, 12 people, including Pittsburgh LCN associates John "Duffy" Conley and Chris Hankish, was indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of operating a $15 million a year video poker machine business, as well as running a sports bookmaking operation that handled $3 million in bets in less than a month in 2005 and stretched from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom.

In May 2007, Pittsburgh LCN associate, Salvatore Williams, was accused of opening illegal parking lots in Manhattan.



CLEVELAND

In August 2003, 6 people, including Virgil Ogletree, who had past ties to the Cleveland LCN, were indicted in Cleveland on charges of running a numbers operation that grossed $10 million a year.

In August 2003, 30 people, including ones with ties to the Cleveland LCN, such as Alfred Laudato, Ronald Lucarelli, and Robert Walsh, were indicted in Cleveland on charges of trafficking in $12 million in cocaine and marijuajna over the past 2 years.

In September 2008, it was reported that the offices of a local development company (Nature Stone Flooring) owned by Los Angeles LCN member Russell "Rusty" Masetta, who was a former official of IBT Local 416 and son-in-law of Los Angeles CN boss Peter "Shakes" Milano, and John Joyce, a former associate of the late IBT President Jackie Presser, was raided by the FBI in an investigation involving Cayuhoga County Commissioner Jimmy DiMora. In March 2011, 8 people, including DiMora and 2 county judges, were indicted in Cleveland on charges of racketeering, corruption, trading jobs for bribes and campaign donations, etc.



KANSAS CITY

In November 2003, 5 people, including the son of late Kansas City LCN member Charles Cacciopoi, were indicted on in Kansas City on charges of bribing a former physical plant director at Rockhurst University to get almost $1 million in contracts for demolition and asbestos removal.

In March 2009, 11 people, including the daughter of a Kansas City LCN associate (Gina Vigliaturo), were indicted in Kansas City on charges of stealing materials to produce $40 million worth of methemphetamine.

In March 2009, 10 people, including Kansas City LCN member William Cammisano Jr., were indicted in Kansas City on charges of running a sports bookmaking operation, that used an 800 number of internet sites in Arizona and Costa Rica, and took in $3.6 million in bets over 3 years.

In September 2009, from evidence discovered during the March gambling raids, a defendant in the case, James "Jimmy" DiCapo, was also indicted in Kansas City on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and trafficking in over $400,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise; i.e. purses, shoes, wallets, sunglasses, hats, t-shirts, etc.

In June 2011, 2 Kansas City LCN associates, Vincent Pisciotta and Mark Sorrentino, were indicted in Kansas City on charges of conspiracy, arson, and mail fraud for their involvement in helping a restaurant owner burn his business in 2008.



ST. LOUIS

In September 2010, it was reported that Aprille, Tony, and Nick Trupiano (children of late St. Louis LCN boss Matthew "Mike" Trupiano) were fueding with local residents, business leaders, and city officials over their nightclub (Lure).



TAMPA

In October 2000, 19 people, including Tampa LCN member Steve Raffa, were indicted in Florida on charges of racketeering, illegal gambling, loansharking, obstruction of justice, and money laundering through check-cashing stores; including for a South Carolina fraud ring that reportedly brought in $32 million in profits.

In January 2004, 8 people, including Tampa LCN associate John Mamone, were indicted in Florida on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, kidnapping, kidnapping, attempted murder, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and trafficking in $80 million worth of marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. since 1991.

In November 2010, it was repoted that Joseph Digerlando, a successful real estate developer who had been identified as a Tampa LCN member, was suing the owners of the proposed John's Pass Complex for lack of payment on a $5 million loan.



WESTERN STATES

In July 2002, it was reported that, while most of the 26 LCN families were doing business in Las Vegas in the early 1980's, only the 5 New York families and the Chicago Outfit maintained a presence in the city at present; and that only about a dozen LCN members currently lived there. It was also reported that, since the LCN had lost control of casinos in the 1980's, it had been involved in sports bookmaking, loansharking, extortion, drug trafficking, vending machines, telmarketing fraud, credit card fraud, slot cheating, vending machines, adult nightclubs, and outcall escort services.

In April 2011, it was reported that Asian and Eurasian organized crime had eclipsed traditional organized crime cases involving La Cosa Nostra as a priority for the FBI in Las Vegas.

From 2002 to 2005, the annual Organized Crime in California reports said the biggest threat from traditional organized crime (TOC) to California appeared to be from a few East Coast crime families, who were firmly established in the state and often associated with power brokers in California, engaging in illegal activity between Las Vegas (said to be home to about a dozen LCN members), Los Angeles, and San Diego; including loansharking, sports bookmaking, and infiltration of legitimate businesses such as parts of the entertainment industry (including the entertainment side of the gaming industry), food service industry, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs used for money laundering, profit skimming, consumer-fraud schemes, tax evasion, etc. The only West Coast-based remnant of LCN was the Southern California crime family, which was said to have 15 to 20 members and associates, and was likely to continue to diminish, if not disappear, due to arrests and aging leadership; and they remained only sparsely active in a few illegal schemes, such as fraud and loansharking. The LCN in San Francisco and San Jose was said to be dormant. The LCN was not mentioned in subsequent reports.


2007 Joseph Patrick Balano son of KC member Phillip Balano was convicted of participating in a 12 million dollar mortgage fraud conspiracy.

2001 Joseph Peter Simone, son of reported underboss Peter Simone was indicted on extorsion charges for extorting a woman out of $5000.00. He is also currently a prime suspect in the murder of a casino patron who was found dead after winning big at the casino. According to sources he owed Simone $4500.00 dollars.

2012 Marcus Arnone son of mob associate Anthny Arnone was convicted of drug trafficing at his club co owned by Joe Pete Simone.

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#656096 - 07/19/12 11:26 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: joey_dice]
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Originally Posted By: joey_dice


2007 Joseph Patrick Balano son of KC member Phillip Balano was convicted of participating in a 12 million dollar mortgage fraud conspiracy.

2001 Joseph Peter Simone, son of reported underboss Peter Simone was indicted on extorsion charges for extorting a woman out of $5000.00. He is also currently a prime suspect in the murder of a casino patron who was found dead after winning big at the casino. According to sources he owed Simone $4500.00 dollars.

2012 Marcus Arnone son of mob associate Anthny Arnone was convicted of drug trafficing at his club co owned by Joe Pete Simone.


Thanks for those additions.
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#656106 - 07/20/12 12:12 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Originally Posted By: IvyLeague



TAMPA

In October 2000, 19 people, including Tampa LCN member Steve Raffa, were indicted in Florida on charges of racketeering, illegal gambling, loansharking, obstruction of justice, and money laundering through check-cashing stores; including for a South Carolina fraud ring that reportedly brought in $32 million in profits.

In January 2004, 8 people, including Tampa LCN associate John Mamone, were indicted in Florida on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, kidnapping, kidnapping, attempted murder, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and trafficking in $80 million worth of marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. since 1991.

In November 2010, it was repoted that Joseph Digerlando, a successful real estate developer who had been identified as a Tampa LCN member, was suing the owners of the proposed John's Pass Complex for lack of payment on a $5 million loan.



Couple clarifications.

Mamone was a made guy- made by Raffa at Malios restaurant in Tampa in 94.

Digerlando suit was November of 2011- I think the owners sold it again, so that suit may be defunct.

Good thread.

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#656110 - 07/20/12 12:17 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: ScottD]
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Originally Posted By: ScottD


Couple clarifications.

Mamone was a made guy- made by Raffa at Malios restaurant in Tampa in 94.

Digerlando suit was November of 2011- I think the owners sold it again, so that suit may be defunct.

Good thread.


Thanks, Scott.


Edited by IvyLeague (07/20/12 12:18 AM)
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#656671 - 07/24/12 04:01 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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What was the Outfit peak membership( excluding associates) ?
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#656673 - 07/24/12 04:22 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: BlackFamily]
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Originally Posted By: BlackFamily
What was the Outfit peak membership( excluding associates) ?


If we're talking about members in the formal sense, i.e. that they've gone through the blood and fire initiation ceremony, it would have been in the 1970's when they apparently started using it. I've seen one estimate of 150 during that time period. But the official estimates really didn't start becoming consistent until the 1980's, when the feds started keeping much better tabs.
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#656751 - 07/24/12 06:05 PM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Good stuff now is that joe russo have any relations to the joseph j.r. Russo of east boston the guy that whacked joe barboza ?
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#657120 - 07/26/12 12:49 AM Re: Recent Small Family Cases [Re: IvyLeague]
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Originally Posted By: IvyLeague
Originally Posted By: BlackFamily
What was the Outfit peak membership( excluding associates) ?


If we're talking about members in the formal sense, i.e. that they've gone through the blood and fire initiation ceremony, it would have been in the 1970's when they apparently started using it. I've seen one estimate of 150 during that time period. But the official estimates really didn't start becoming consistent until the 1980's, when the feds started keeping much better tabs.


Aiuppa made 150 guys in the 70's?

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