Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Italian & Russian Mobsters Smuggled Strippers

The Italian Cosa Nostra and Russian Mafia together allegedly smuggled Eastern European women into New York to work in high-end strip clubs — and even arranged sham marriages to keep some of them here.

Nine strip clubs were involved and 20 suspects indicted in the scheme
The women were recruited via Facebook and newspaper ads.

Twenty suspects, including seven reputed Gambino and Bonanno mobsters, were arraigned in Manhattan Federal Court on charges ranging from racketeering to visa fraud.

The schemers allegedly recruited women in Russia and neighboring countries through Facebook and newspaper ads to work as strippers.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bonanno Capo/Father of 'Mob Wives' 'Star' Back in Prison

The Little Guy...
T.G., The Little Guy or whatever you want to call him was one foot out of the clink before he was thrown back in. That suuucks!!
Renee, second from the right, is the
daughter on the show dad T.G.
won't watch.

This comes from  THE RANT Forum:  Anthony Graziano may not approve of his daughter's "Mob Wives" reality show, but it looks as though he has given its producers fodder for another season of Mafia melodrama.

Graziano, 71, of Huguenot, a reputed one-time consigliere of the Bonanno crime family, has been tossed back in federal prison on extortion charges, just a few months after he was released from a halfway house and placed under house arrest.

He was busted earlier today for attempting to collect a years-old loansharking debt, federal prosecutors allege.

The Staten Island gangster, who has gone by the nicknames "TG" and "the Little Guy," is the father of Renee Graziano, one of the four stars of VH1's "Mob Wives," which returns in January.

Anthony's arrest comes just a day after Renee's ex-husband, Hector Pagan Jr., and another Islander were charged with knocking over a mob-run card game in Travis in 2009.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bikers Suspects in 'Amateurish' Slay of Montagna

Sal 'The Ironworker' Montagna
From the NYPOST.com, we learn that Sal Montagna, the former acting boss of the Bonanno family who was deported to Canada a few years ago, may have been murdered by bikers for trying to wrest control of the Montreal Mafia from the dying Rizzuto family. Bikers may have done the hit, but it seems more than likely they would only be hired guns.

Salvatore “Sal the Ironworker” Montagna was shot on Ile Vaudry, a working-class neighborhood on a small island about 30 miles north of Montreal, and dumped into a river, Canadian police said in the NYPOST.com report.

Montagna was only 35 when he took over one of the five crime families in 2006, earning him the nickname the “Bambino Boss."

"Given Montagna’s longtime involvement with organized crime and the fact that he had lived at various points of his life in Italy, the U.S. and Canada, investigators planned to cast a wide net in their murder probe, said Sgt. Benoit Richard of Surete du Quebec, the provincial police agency," accord to the NYPOST.com.

"That includes looking into whether the hit may be related to the murder last week of an outlaw biker with organized-crime connections in an adjacent town. Richard said it “doesn’t seem to be” linked, but cops aren’t “ruling out anything.”

Montagna, 40, was also reportedly involved in a three-way power struggle to take over the Montreal mob, and had been in talks with his rivals to pick a consensus leader, the NYPOST.com reports.

“Looks like it didn’t work,” an investigator told the Montreal Gazette.

[A video clip of a newscast about the murder is on the jump page of this story]

It Never Ends: More 'Mob Wives' Stuff

Ramona Rizzo, the new addition to 'Mob Wives,' is the granddaughter
to Benjamin "Lefty Two-Guns" Ruggiero, ex-mentor of one Donnie Brasco.

"Mob Wives" will include a new member when it makes its season two debut, according to a New York Post article that came to our attention via Gangster BB (bulletin board).

Ramona Rizzo — the granddaughter of Benjamin “Lefty Guns” Ruggiero, the Bonnano crime family soldier who mentored “Donnie Brasco” — is joining the cast this season.

The Post reports that Rizzo joins the show, set to begin a new season Jan. 1, because she is a childhood friend of “Mob Wives” spitfire Karen Gravano, daughter of mob turncoat Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, according to Gangster BB.

A divorced mother of four, Rizzo lives in New Jersey, but was raised on Staten Island, where most of the action in “Mob Wives” takes place.

The Post got one part wrong, reporting, "Inexplicably, the mob never ordered a hit on Ruggiero as punishment for his error in judgment."

They did order a hit on Lefty; he was actually hoofing it to the meeting (a well-known brokester, Lefty likely couldn't afford a cab ride), knowing it was probably his doom, when the feds swooped in and arrested him, to save his life as well as put him on trial.

When he got out of prison -- I think he did a 10 to 20 year stretch -- his first act was to see boss Joe Massino to ask for permission to kill agent Pistone; Massino grinned and denied the permission. Massino had, at some point, rescinded the hit on Lefty after he kept his mouth shut and did his time for the family.

Lefty died — after a long prison stint — of cancer in 1994, before the movie that made him famous was released. I remember hearing at the time that some Hollywood flacks went to visit him and offered him $1 million for some insight that Pacino could use. Lefty, already bed-ridden sick and being eaten away by cancer, leaped off his bed, cursed the flacks out, and kicked them out of his house. His family members must have loved that -- losing a cool million bucks out of a dying mobster's pride. 

Joe Bruno on the Mob: Sal The Ironworker; 'Mob Wives'

Joe Bruno, journalist and mob
blogger.
A Vietnam veteran in the United States Navy, Joseph J. Bruno started out in the newspaper business in the mid 1970's as a sports columnist for the New York Tribune. During the 70's and 80's, Bruno was an associate editor for Boxing Illustrated and monthly contributor to Ring Magazine. In 1986-1987, Bruno wrote a sports column for the Times Herald Record in Middletown, New York. His articles have also appeared in Penthouse Magazine, Razor Magazine, Boxing Today, Boxing World, International Boxing Digest, Referee Magazine and Inside Boxing.  In 2000, Bruno's first novel Angel of Death was published by iUniverse.com.

Joe Bruno also has a blog, Joe Bruno On the Mob. Below are a couple of recent posts he has written about some timely mob subjects that we found interesting.

It seems like Canada is not such a safe place for reputed Mafiosos anymore.

The body of Salvatore Montagna, the alleged former boss of New York’s Bonanno Crime Family, was found dead in a river north of Montreal, Canada. Police in Canada are speculating that Montagna, who was called the “Bambino Boss” due to his rise to power in his mid-30s, was killed because he was forcing his way the leadership of the Mafia in Montreal, which had been decimated due to the recent killings of several of Montagna’s close Montreal associates, including the father and son of Vito Rizzuto, the reputed head of the Montreal Mafia who is currently imprisoned in the United States.

Friday, November 25, 2011

RIP Sal the Iron Worker, Former Bonanno Boss

Sal The Iron Work, slain in
Canada, had once been the
acting Bonanno family boss.
Fished out of a river outside Montreal was the body of Sal "The Iron Worker" Montagna, reports CBC News. Cause of death has not yet been determined, but it was likely natural causes -- natural to the line of work he was in, that is.

His name may sound familiar. Sal had his 15 minutes of fame when his move to Long Island in 2009 was widely covered by the New York tabloids -- perhaps because it dovetailed with word that he had assumed the post of acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, or so U.S. authorities had said at the time. He had moved with his wife and three children to Elmont.

I was born and raised in Elmont; my parents still live there. I suppose this is why I have always had an interest in Sal, who was deported to Canada not long after he moved his family into Nassau County, probably to put them farther away from any dangers his "promotion" may have put them in. He was in his mid-30s at the time, so he was probably only in his late 30s when he was murdered.

Montagna's body was found in the Assomption River on Thanksgiving morning, in Charlemagne, northeast of the city of Montreal. "His death is the latest in a series of Mafia-related killings and disappearances over the last two years. Montagna was considered a contender to take over the decimated Rizzuto family," CBC News reports.

Nicknamed The Iron Worker because he owned and operated a successful steel business in the U.S., Montagna was born in Montreal but raised in Sicily. He moved to the United States at 15, but never obtained U.S. citizenship.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Latest Gotti Flick Update: Fiore Takes Backseat Role as New Billionaire Partner Steps Up

From Showbiz411: “Gotti” producer Marc Fiore has apparently decided to take a new secondary role in the film’s financing. He’s turning over his lead position to film/record producer Ted Field, heir to the Marshall Field department stores and the man who gave us the original Interscope Records. Field was running Radar Pictures. Field is said to be worth about $1 billion, which means he’s been able to take losses on such flops as “All About Steve,” “Twelve,” “The Invention of Lying” and other films that fell short of awards buzz like the dreadful but profitable “Bad Teacher.”

Field is a nice guy, though, and could possibly raise the money to resurrect “Gotti” from its current state of rigid morbidity. As I reported exclusively here, Fiore – an ex-con – has not had much luck getting “Gotti” together. And Fiore has other problems. He’s still being sued by actor Joe Pesci over a promised role. But even worse: he ran afoul of the man he named exec producer, one Salvatore Carpanzano, whom Fiore billed as a “successful international businessman.” Carpanzano’s financial backers committed to “Gotti.” But there are said to be a trail of significant snags that have embittered the players. Of course, there’s still the issue of Fiore’s other backer, Irish Sinn Fein backer Fay Devlin. There’s still enmity among all the players. Field will have his hands full, that’s for sure.

Read full story, Travolta “Gotti” Movie Gets New Producer to Look for Dough | Showbiz411

Monday, November 21, 2011

Who Exactly Runs Chicago These Days?

Capone was probably the most
famous mobster the world ever will see.
We are more familiar with New York's Five Families, but we've been working on broadening our scope a bit.

Here, we take a look at Mafia goings-on in the Windy City. Historically, only one family runs Chicago. Al Capone, perhaps the most famous mobster of all time, ran the city in the 1920s to early 1930s, during very tumultuous times; he in fact was the cause of tumult. (Scareface was originally from New York) and supposedly the Capone name still carries weight in the Chicago mob.

The Chicago Outfit, also known as the Chicago Syndicate, dates back to around 1910. It is, of course, part of the American Mafia but distinct from the Five Families of New York City, and families in other regions of the U.S. But New York and Chicago together were the chief powers on the Commission.

The Outfit is more strict, more loyal to tradition, than the New York families.

When "Mob Wives" producers came to town to start a spinoff, they had a lot of trouble finding Outfit-connected ladies willing to appear on the show.

“It’s inconceivable [Chicago mob wives would speak out],” one attorney told NBC Chicago. “I just don’t think it would meet with approval here.” Approval from whom? 

NYC -- How It Evolved from Most Dangerous City to the Safest: Salon.com

No one would argue that New York City is simply not the same city it was back during the 1970s to 1980s, and the results are good, crime wise, although there is something a bit boring and antiseptic about the city today.

In a Salon.com book review there is a theory put forth explaining how this change happened -- and the book will surprise you. The New York of the film "Death Wish" is today a city out of Disneyland, if you ask me.

"In the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s, New York was viewed as one of the world’s most dangerous metropolises — a cesspool of violence and danger depicted in gritty films like 'The Warriors' and 'Escape From New York.' Friends who lived here during that time talk of being terrified to use the subway, of being mugged outside their apartments, and an overwhelming tide of junkies. Thirty-one one of every 100,000 New Yorkers were murdered each year, and 3,668 were victims of larceny," the story says.

"Today, in an astonishing twist, New York is one of the safest cities in the country. Its current homicide rate is 18 percent of its 1990 total — its auto theft rate is 6 percent. The drop exceeded the wildest dreams of crime experts of the 1990s, and it’s a testament to this transformation that New Yorkers now seem more likely to complain about the city’s dullness than about its criminality."

How did this happen? According to a new book by a Berkeley law professor, the reasons for this evolution, despite the popularly held view, is not Giuliani’s “zero tolerance” bluster, Salon.com reports.

"In his fascinating new book, “The City that Became Safe,” Franklin Zimring, a professor of law and chairman of the Criminal Justice Research Program at the University of California at Berkeley [reports that] it was a combination of strategic policing and harm reduction by the New York Police Department. Police targeted open-air drug markets, and went after guns, while leaving drug users largely alone. The implications of the strategy could make us revise not only the way we think about crime, but the way we think about our prison system and even human nature."

Read full story: What really cleaned up New York - Salon.com

Update: Gotti Biopic Obtains Backing of a Billionaire Media Entrepreneur

From Ted Field Joins 'Gotti' Film as Producer (Exclusive) | The Wrap Movies:

There won’t be any cement shoes for a certain troubled mob project.

After running into financial difficulties, “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father” has picked up a key addition: Ted Field.

The billionaire media entrepreneur has joined the Fiore Films picture as a producer, TheWrap has learned.

Field -- who has produced more than 50 films, including “The Last Samurai,” “Runaway Bride” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” -- will play an “active role” in the production, according to an individual with knowledge of the talks. Field runs Radar Pictures.

Director Barry Levinson made the introduction between Marc Fiore and Ted Field. It was Levinson who urged Fiore to sit down with Field, according to the individual.

The cast of the film, which includes such heavy hitters as John Travolta, Ben Foster and Al Pacino, was notified this week of Field's involvement.

The project had been dogged by reports that funding had dried up and by a lawsuit between the producers and Joe Pesci, who left the project after his role changed.

It was previously supposed to being shooting in January, but a new schedule still has to be determined. The previously announced cast, which also includes Kelly Preston and Chazz Palminteri, and screenwriter James Toback are still involved. Lindsay Lohan has been attached to the project at various times.

The film has swapped out law firms, however. Pryor Cashman will come on board to replace Greenberg Traurig.

A representative for Fiore Films declined to comment. Ted Field did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Luchese Boss Whacked Mob Wife's Uncle, Stuffed Canary in His Mouth

Louis "Bagels" Daidone murdered the uncle of
Mob Wife Carla Facciolo, then stuffed a canary in
his mouth. The family thought Facciolo was a rat
-- but he wasn't.


Carla Facciolo, when she appeared on the Joy Behar show and was interviewed by the host, identified her father for the audience, but disingenuously stated that he was not a mobster.

We understand why she would not admit such a thing, but then we wonder, why would she agree to appear on such a show in the first place? Anyway...

Carla clearly says that her uncle was Bruno Facciolo, and that her father is Bruno's brother, Louis Facciolo.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dave Hodges on the 'Goldman Sachs Goodfellas'

“The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” -David Rockefeller, Memoirs

And with the quote above, political commentator, radio talk-show host and confirmed conspiracy theorist Dave Hodges begins his story The Goldman Sachs Goodfellas on the NewsWithViews.com website.

Rockefeller's Memoirs quote likely sums up the deeply held views of many of the so-called 1% of Americans who own something like 90% of its wealth. But among that 1% there is a sector of Goldman Sachs execs, many of which have taken up the "sacrifice" of going into public service. Nevertheless, the firm is probably among the most reviled Wall Street companies, rightly or not -- the poster child for what is wrong with America's finances today. Probably the worst "crime" of which they have been accused: capitalizing on the mortgage-backed securities that were a primary driver of the 2008 crash, from which we have still not recovered. GS supposedly sold these toxic products, then made another fortune betting against them.

To me, this is what big business does -- has been doing since the age of the robber barons, if not since the first caveman sold a sharpened stone to another caveman for a handful of berries or a chunk of meat to roast over an open flame.

Yet, Hodges, in his article, takes his argument to such an extreme extent, that I have a very difficult time swallowing it. This seems to be his "style," going all out on any topic. Another recent article of his is titled THE 911 COVER-UP: SAME SONG, DIFFERENT VERSE. But, having come across it, I thought it was thought-provoking enough to put it here for you to read and make up your own minds. So without further ado, begin your journey into the ultra-extremism of Dave Hodges, who I have never heard of before, I'd like to add. (Yep, I only found this because my auto-search service found the word "Goodfella" in it!)

"It is no secret that Goldman Sachs runs Wall Street," Hodges writes. "Even Ray Charles could see that Goldman Sachs runs our government as evidenced by the former Goldman Sachs gangsters who have run our economy into the ground (e.g., Clinton’s Secretary of Treasury/Goldman Sachs' Rubin, Bush’s Secretary of Treasury Goldman Sachs’ “too big to fail” Paulson, Goldman Sachs and “Tiny Tim” Geithner presently serves as Obama’s Secretary of Treasury, etc.).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

VH1 Expands Franchise with 'Mob Wives: Chicago'

Drita, our favorite Mob Wife (in New York, that is).
"Eighty years after the feds nailed Al Capone for tax evasion, Chicago’s ugliest legacy is about to return to the national spotlight. Ready or not, here comes Mob Wives: Chicago," reports  Time Out Chicago.

So who are the Chicago Mob Wives? It seems that that is pretty well protected info, for now.

NBC Chicago has noted, "The network is refusing to give up the names of the women starring in the Windy City show..."

In Chicago omerta seems to be very much alive, and enforced along a quite broad front that also includes the wives of made guys. There is a chance, we at CNNews believe, that the identities of the Midwest Mob Wives may be kept anonymous. But then again, we have not learned a single thing about any inside Mafia news or gossip from Season One of the New York series. These wives talk more about themselves and how much they either love or hate one another--depending on the day of the week or the weather or what they had to drink.

“It’s inconceivable [wives would speak out],” one attorney [said] in the NBC story. “I just don’t think it would meet with approval here.” Approval from whom? We think quite possibly the higher-ups at VH1 and not the Chicago mob.

This has "publicity stunt" stamped all over it. Any viewer knows, as we said above, the wives do not talk about any inside mafia stuff that we aficionados want to hear, which is what makes this whole thing frustrating. 

Returning to the Time Out Chicago report, we read that  VH1 announced Wednesday that a spinoff of its “docu-soap” reality series Mob Wives would focus on a group of Chicago women “suffering the stronzi and agita of their Mafiosi connections.” Production is expected to begin next month, with the 10-episode series set to debut in spring 2012.

“I have always heard the legends about Al Capone and Chicago, but it wasn’t until I actually went to the city that I became enamored with the rich mob history there,” series creator and executive producer Jennifer Graziano said in a statement. “These women’s lives are right off the pages of a storybook!”

Graziano, whose father, Anthony, was reputed consigliere to the Bonnano crime family, cast her own sister, Renee, in the original New York-based series, which starts its second season on VH1 January 1. “The furs, the money, the parties, the respect — it’s all part of the intrigue of the world I grew up in,” she said. “But at any time, the other shoe can drop and these women find themselves going on prison visits. I have long thought that this was a story that needed to be told, and am so thankful that we can continue this journey with the original Mob Wives — as well as expanding the franchise to Chicago.”

Read rest of the story: VH1 taps into Chicago’s women of the underworld - Time Out Chicago

Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown broke the news of the spinoff Wednesday. He tried to pin down which Chicago women would star in it, but as noted he didn't get those names. VH1 was no help either. No matter who’s in it, Brown sees trouble ahead. “I can’t tell you about New York, but in Chicago, mob wives — and daughters and girlfriends — are still supposed to stay out of the public eye,” he wrote. Well, maybe it's not so much a publicity stunt... who really knows?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Blast from the Past -- In Nov. 1957 Cops Raided Mafia Meet in Upstate, NY

From the Almanac of Absurdities: Today in 1957 was a career making day for New York State Trooper Edgar D. Crosswell. Croswell worked near Apalachin New York in the late 50s, and in 1956 he pulled over someone leaving a 58 acre estate near Apalachin and found Mob Figure Carmine “The Cigar” Galante behind the wheel. Some wise guys showed up and attempted to bribe Galante out of the local slam, but it just got the local authorities attention. Trooper Croswell started keeping close tabs on the house that was owned by Joseph Barbara, the owner of the local Canada Dry distribution company and, they learned, was mobbed up with major Mafia figures in New York.

In mid November in 1957, Trooper Croswell found out that Joseph Barbara’s son was making arrangements for hotel rooms for a group of visitors due at the Barbara estate on the 14th…and the state cops quietly began watching the roads in and out of the area. Barbara was having a gathering all right…the heads ofThe Luciano Family, the Bufallo family, the Genovese Family and Frank Costello’s operation were gathering in Apalachin for a full scale Mafia Congress…High on the agenda were the mob’s plans for Cuba, alongside some crucial turf squabbles. Once the meeting was started, police roadblocks went up around the estate…and the assembled mafiosi panicked.

Those who attempted to leave immediately by the roads were rounded up…over 50 major mafiosi laced up expensive italian shoes and hoofed it through the forest to escape the roadblock, dumping cash and other evidence on the way. Apparently locals were finding 100 dollar bills in the forest for years afterward. History finds that the biggest loser on this occasion wasn’t the mob…it was J. Edgar Hoover, who had, for years, maintained that the Mafia in the US was a Myth. After this meeting it was hard to deny.

Noted Former Colorado Mob Buster Dies at 85

Noted Former Colorado Bureau of Investigation dies at 85 - The Denver Post:

A colorful former federal drug cop who went on to become the head of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation died over the weekend in his Western Slope home.

John "Ray" Enright, 85, of Silt died overnight Saturday, said former colleagues and friends.

Enright was described as a hard-nosed crime fighter who was also adept at political haymaking.

"He was involved, connected; he was constantly working," said Curtis Bridges, a longtime friend who worked with Enright. "He was directly involved with multiple agencies — that's what the CBI is, a coordinator. He served that function well; he got everyone moving in the same direction."

Enright served as the CBI's director from 1977 to 1984.

Prior to taking the reins at the CBI, Enright was a federal narcotics agent in New York, where his photo landed on the front page of the New York Daily News in 1958 when he and other agents busted mob bossVito Genovese.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

ABC Eyes Mob Drama for Summer: 'Beautiful Gangsters'

Anthony Lapaglia is set to
produce the scripted show.
From Deadline.com: Desperate Mob Wives? ABC is eying a drama series for next summer produced by Bob Cooper and Anthony Lapaglia. Titled Beautiful Gangsters, the project, now in development, has FremantleMedia Enterprises on board to handle worldwide distribution outside of North America through Cooper’s first-look deal with the company. And in a rare occasion for a network-level project, the script is written by a young newcomer, recent UCLA Film School graduate Ryan Tavlin. “It’s great to be supporting such a talented young writer as Ryan,” LaPaglia said. “Beautiful Gangsters is a stellar piece of writing, as sophisticated as it is juicy.”

Beautiful Gangsters revolves around three mafia wives who cut a deal with the FBI to enter Witness Protection together in exchange for their testimony, in the hopes of giving their families a second chance at life.

The FBI relocates them to a suburban border town in Canada, where they struggle to fit in, struggle to make ends meet … and struggle to resist temptations to take criminal shortcuts. The potential series will be produced by Landscape Entertainment chairman/CEO Cooper’s longtime Canadian production company, Rose Consulting Entertainment, and will be shot in his home country of Canada. Cooper will executive produce with Landscape’s J.J. Jamieson and Anthony LaPaglia’s Last Straw Prods., with Jordan Helman co-executive producing.

Read full article: ABC Eyes Mob Wives Drama For Summer Produced By Bob Cooper, Anthony LaPaglia

A Founder of the Cleveland Hells Angels Dies

From cleveland.com: Death caught up with a man who brought to Cleveland an era so violent it is now almost unimaginable.

Before Harley-Davidson motorcycles and riding leathers became accoutrements of affluent suburbanites in mid-life crisis, they were symbols of terror because of men like Nelson Blackburn. He was a Hells Angel.

The Scottish-immigrant -- known as "Scotty" or "The Scotsman" -- was a man to be respected and feared. He shed his accent, grew a moustache that wrapped around the corners of his mouth and carried himself larger than his five-foot-ten, 165-pound frame."

Read full article: Nelson Blackburn, a founding member of the Cleveland Hells Angels chapter, dies

Friday, November 4, 2011

25 Indicted in Alleged RI Sports Bets Ring

Boston.com: A Rhode Island grand jury has indicted 25 people in connection with an alleged illegal sports betting ring, including several people authorities say are mobsters.

The state attorney general's office announced the indictments Thursday. The defendants are to be arraigned Dec. 7.

Prosecutors say the indictments are tied to the May arrests of the ring's members, including 51-year-old Vincent Tallo, who is accused of being its leader. Tallo's lawyer said then his client denied the allegations.

Investigators say cell phone wire taps revealed bookmaking activities of nearly $400,000.

Prosecutors say Tallo's alleged accomplices include reputed mafia figures, Edward "Eddy" Lato (LAY'-toh), Alfred "Chippy" Scivola (skee-VOH'-lah) and Frank "Bobo" Marrapese, Jr.

Lato and Scivola have pleaded not guilty in a separate federal case accusing them of shaking down Providence-area strip clubs.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mafia Wars 2, Facebook's Fastest Growing App

"Selling drugs and killing thugs must be in style this week. Mafia Wars 2 isn't just the fastest growing game on Facebook this week, but the fastest growing app, meaning its 3.8 million new players beat all general apps on the platform, All Facebook reports. The sequel to one of Zynga's most popular game can likely chalk its success up to its recent deluge of cross-game promotions," reports GamesBlog.

"Well, that and the fact that the game's team of developers won't stop updating the dang thing. A new update was pushed to the game yesterday, which is rather minor. However, a number of new items have been added: New weapons are in the Boneyard Shop, some fresh ground, water, and air vehicles hit the Global Marketplace along with a few more Halloween items."

Read rest of story: Mafia Wars 2, Facebook's fastest growing app

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

US Attorney Alleges Mafia Family Took Over FirstPlus

From WSJ.com: NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Thirteen people, including an alleged member and an alleged associate of the Lucchese organized crime family and several attorneys, have been indicted on charges of racketeering and related offenses for the alleged "extortionate takeover" of FirstPlus Financial Group Inc. (FPFX).

At a press conference Tuesday in Camden, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman said that, according to the indictment, those indicted "gave new meaning to 'corporate takeover' by looting a publicly traded company to benefit their criminal enterprise."

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