Showing posts from January, 2018

Skinny Joey Merlino Is a Degenerate Gambler, Not a Mob Boss, Says Attorney

The East Coast LCN Enterprise Case finally reached court this week with the Manhattan premiere of the federal racketeering trial of Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino.

Merlino, 55, was among the 46 defendants arrested in the summer of 2016 Mafia crackdown of an alleged confederation of criminals focused on extortion, loan-sharking, gambling, credit card fraud, and health care fraud.

Dubbed the East Coast LCN Enterprise, the ring operated in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, and New Jersey, comprised of mobsters connected to the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, Bonanno, and Philadelphia crime families, though the Philly family's participation is limited to Merlino, actually a Floridian.

Skinny Joey Merlino played a key role overseeing an alleged $157 million health-care scheme that involved bribing doctors to write prescriptions for pain cream, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Max Nicholas this week.

Merlino also sought to collect gambling debts—and worried about “rats.” Juror…

Genovese Mobster Vincent Esposito Schools Feds on New York's Five Families

New York's Five Families can expand their ranks each year and have multi-million-dollar slush finds. (The Genovese family's is below). We're being flippant, of course, taking literally what's been said in a court document.

That is noted in an appeal letter to US District Judge of New York's Southern District Victor Marrero from the interim-US Attorney. The appeal is regarding the pretrial release of Vincent Esposito, a high-ranking member of the Genovese crime family. Appeal letters are by nature extreme documents, with the Fed's essentially arguing their case and giving the judge the verdict, which they depict as inevitable. It isn't, of course, until Esposito exercises his constitutional right to a trial by a jury of his peers.

Esposito, a son of Vincent (Chin) Gigante, and four other reputed Genovese mobsters were arrested earlier this month and charged with running a longtime racketeering scheme involving extortion and other crimes.

Interim-US Attorney …

Canadian Mob Murder Probe into 2013 Hit Heats Up

Canadian law enforcement probing two murders in Southern Ontario linked to the country's Ndrangheta are on a roll, announcing several breaking developments this month.

The investigation centers on the murders of Hamilton organized crime figure Angelo Musitano last spring and a 28-year-old woman in Woodbridge shot to death months prior. A man she was meeting was likely the true target.

At a news conference earlier this month, local law enforcement officials revealed for the first time that the two murders, of Mila Barberi in March 2017 and Musitano in May 2017, were linked. This was based on several main factors: from studying surveillance of the lead suspect in each shooting, police determined he is the same person. Also, a black Honda Civic Coupe was connected to both homicides, police said.

Police also recently revealed that Musitano had been targeted by a "sophisticated and extensive" surveillance operation from April 27 onward by more than one person. Police …

Carmine Persico Not Going Down Without a Fight, His Attorneys Vow

Cosa Nostra News Exclusive
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Defense attorneys for alleged Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico are still working to get the man out of prison, one of the attorneys, Mat Mari, tells Cosa Nostra News.
They will file a Writ of Mandamus in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to try to compel the United States Parole Commission to grant Persico the mandatory 30-year parole hearing it quite viciously denied him last year, his attorneys said. (The writ essentially is an order from one court to a lesser court, telling it to perform an act required by law that it has refused or neglected to do.)

The hearing was scheduled for August 2, 2017, when at the last minute, the Parole Commission and Federal Bureau of…

Skinny Razor DiTullio, Mentor to Bosses, Gains Newfound Infamy From Scorsese's The Irishman

Felix (Skinny Razor) DiTullio played a crucial role in the lives of many young Philadelphia wiseguys.

DiTullio's lounge was a veritable mob college, the place where Wiseguy 101 was taught by the consummate professional. (An awful lot of gangland hits allegedly occurred there, too.)

The Friendly Lounge's most famous graduate likely was mob boss Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo, who surprisingly wasn't portrayed in The Irishman, and the second, mob boss Ralph Natale.

Skinny Razor also is considered one of the Mafia's foremost assassins.

And now, the new Martin Scorsese film The Irishman, which debuted on Netflix nationwide last week, has given Skinny Razor a much higher profile than he ever had (or would've wanted).
The film is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, which purports to tell the story of Philadelphia union heavy Frank Sheeran, who claimed to have killed both James R. Hoffa and Joseph (Crazy Joe) Gallo. Netflix paid $105 million for global rights to th…

Federico (Fritzy) Giovanneli, Notoriously Linked to 1986 Homicide of NYPD Detective, Dies

Federico (Fritzy) Giovanneli, who was charged with the 1986 murder of an NYPD detective, died Friday. He was 84. The cause of death was an illness, according to the New York Post.

Giovanelli faced charges for shooting Detective Anthony Venditti, 34, four times, including twice in the head, in Ridgewood, Queens. Venditti and his partner had been trailing the longtime Genovese crime family mobster when the shooting occurred.
Giovanelli went on to face four trials, all of which ended in hung juries, except for one federal trial, which convicted him, but for racketeering only. The verdict was overturned on appeal.

Venditti's partner, Detective Kathleen Burke, was wounded in the shooting.

Cold Blooded Murder At 8 p.m. on the night of Jan. 21, the two detectives trailed Giovanelli to a destination in the vicinity of Myrtle and St. Nicholas Avenues. The two were part of an organized crime taskforce and were staking out Giovanelli as part of an ongoing investigation into mob activities in …

Feds Find Mafia “Infamnia” in Home of Vincent (Chin) Gigante's Son

Five members and associates of the Genovese crime family were arrested last week, including a son of Vincent (Chin) Gigante, the legendary Mafia Don known for the crazy act.
The five were indicted for crimes related to a racketeering scheme that included extortion and other crimes from 2001 up until recently.

Esposito--along with capo Steven (Mad Dog) Arena, 60; Frank Giovinco, 50; Frank Cognetta, 42; and Vincent D’Acunto, Jr.--"knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together to violate the racketeering laws of the United States." Or so says the federal indictment filed in New York's Southern District Court. (Download indictment as a PDF here).

The heart of the indictment charges that Esposito, Arena, and associate D'Acunto Jr. extorted a union official for more than 15 years. And there's a snitch: a cooperating witness who’s “very close with the defendant, who’s part of his family who will be expected to testify against him at trial."