Tony Lodi Is Out; Spilled the Beans on Fiumara Crew

Tino Fiumara was the major topic of discussion at
sealed courtroom proceeding.

Anthony "Tony Lodi" Cardinalle, indicted in early 2013, was once upon a time one of 30-plus defendants nailed following a multi-year FBI probe into the mob's control of the private sanitation industry in New York and New Jersey.

Cardinalle, a longtime Genovese associate, cooperated with the FBI and Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office. He plead guilty to two counts, racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion, and copped to his role in a plot to shakedown a cooperating witness who owned a waste hauling company.

In the end, he was sentenced to 30 days and was released last month, on April 14.

He also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $3,400 that he extorted from Charles Hughes, the FBI informer (and pervert who helped sink the case.)

In fact because of Hughes, 19 mobsters and associates were sentenced in the case; charges against the others were unceremoniously dropped (after being ceremoniously announced).

The feds praised Cardinalle for his cooperation; his lawyer handed to the judge around 40 letters of praise from family, friends, employees, law enforcement officials--even the Mayor of Lodi and Johnny Pacheco, the legendary "father of Salsa." The music, not the sauce.

Hughes tape recorded more than 500 conversations from 2009 to 2012. 

Cardinalle introduced Hughes to Genovese mobster Peter LeConte and associate Frank Oliver in 2011 when Hughes' co-defendant Howard Ross made a proposal to him about creating a new garbage business.

Those would be interesting transcripts to get a hold off as, according to Gangland News, Tony Lodi "spill[ed] his guts about a real Garden State mob crew that was run for years by powerhouse Genovese capo Tino Fiumara," a bloody story about which we've previously written in: Decades of Mob Violence Behind Recent Waterfront Case: "The family's powerful waterfront capo Tino Fiumara was supposedly part of a three-man panel running the family at the time of his death in 2010." 

Fiumara controlled Newark/Elizabeth Seaport-based unions and engaged in loansharking, extortion, gambling, and union and labor racketeering throughout the New Jersey counties of Union, Essex and Bergen. The Feds attribute around a dozen murders to Fiumara, who once belonged to a Genovese family hit squad known to have murdered federal informants on the street.


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  2. You can walk into more than one cafe on cianci street in paterson,nj and play keno until your broke, I grew up having old ladies from our community come back the Friday night or Saturday morning begging the owner to please give some cash back because her husband dropped two weeks pay on keno in like four hours. I never fucked with them things. I hated gambling period. I'll play scopa for those of you who know what that is or a buy in Holdem game here n there but after growing up n seeing what these old guys from my area would go through, I just wasn't into it. If it don't make dollars it don't make sense and games of chance are just that. I'd rather get my few players n know at the end of the week I'm eating regardless if it's a good week or a great one. But those machines man, they are my youth. And I never ever played them not one time.

  3. And it's funny paterson cops will run down like once every three years and smash them to make it look good but u got a few old timers who are down and are w the ppd or Passaic county sheriff dept and u can catch them in there playing cards or having an espresso. If u watch cops on Passaic county sheriffs dept,,, corp Damiano... He's always out there. mind u cianci st has like four cafes and I'm the middle of downtown Paterson surrounded by Puerto Ricans and blacks but no one fucks w the old timers. It's where tony met paulie to tell him he got bumped to capo in sopranos season 2 and that he's gotta pick furio up and where he meets Phil talk about Vito among other things. The Lou Costello statue. That park has bacci but you're only gonna see some dope fiends hanging in that park. The cafes, different story.

  4. I feel the same might have played the slots or poker machines a half dixen times pasding by them. Never played keno but if im down th.e shore i will stop and play the crap tables. My father and his friends have passed but during the summer growing up they had one crap game on memorial day and another just before labor day guys came from all over big game. When it was just family barbacues they played fingers and played pinochle. Most kids today don.t even know what pinochle is today. Phill

  5. I think your discus is adding comments from the slot story Ed. Hi its Philly you get a chance call me

  6. Isn't tony lodi the fella who owned the real life bada bing strip club?

  7. So he rats, then is able to go back near the club and only take one beating? That's gotta be bad for business, they don't even go in witness protection no more! Crazy.

  8. yep, had a beer in there once. Was an honour

  9. They have these video poker parlors in little plazas all over the place down here in FL. Seems they're most under the guise of being a charity or something. "777" on the building, "Children's Hospital Charity" on the door. Never been in one myself so can't say for sure what goes on in there

  10. I've been there once or twice before the Soprano's were on HBO. Nothing special.

  11. Tino was the most powerful North Jersey wiseguy. Him, Bobby Manna, Tony Pro, John Riggi.


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