John (Porky) Zancocchio, Part of Last Month's Big Bonanno Bust, Violated Bail, Was Returned to MCC

John (Porky) Zancocchio, an alleged Bonanno crime family consigliere/bookie who once took action from baseball great Pete Rose is back in prison for violating his $1 million bail conditions.

John (Porky) Zancocchio, alleged Bonanno consiglieri, violated parole by attending this bakery, among other places
John (Porky) Zancocchio as seen on FBI surveillance photo.

Zancocchio, 60,  committed the crime of frequenting places on Staten Island (in walking distance from his house) that broke the terms of the agreement, and Manhattan Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein tossed him behind bars, as the Daily News reported.

Zancocchio was among the 10 reputed mobsters arrested in January, including the Bonanno crime family's acting boss, Joseph Cammarano Jr., 58. The bust also included mobsters from other crime families, one from the Luchese and another from the Genovese crime families. All face charges of conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, loansharking, wire and mail fraud, and narcotics distribution.





He also has prior convictions for tax evasion.

Zancocchio was out on bail until last week when he visited "a mobbed-up restaurant, a Staten Island pizzeria, and a bakery."

As per his bail conditions, John (Porky) Zancocchio had court approval only to attend his aunt's wake, funeral mass, and burial on Feb. 11-12. As per Zancocchio’s bail, he was to say in his home with electronic monitoring and required court approval to visit any other destinations.

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“Instead of abiding by the strict terms of his release, the defendant visited several locations ... in clear violation of this court’s order,” prosecutors alleged in court papers.

Zancocchio was returned to the Metropolitan Correctional Center last Wednesday, February 21.

Zancocchio spent around two hours on Feb. 11 in the eatery Bella Mama Rose, apparently chatting with patrons from both sides of the bar, acting like he owned the place, which he might, as per court documents. The restaurant allegedly is co-owned by Zancocchio and Gambino family captain Frank Camuso. The next day, after attending the funeral, Zancocchio visited Denino’s pizzeria and the day after that, the bakery.

The Feds had shown no proof that his client had done anything wrong, defense attorneys argued.

“The FBI summoned a surveillance team to catch Mr. Zancocchio speaking with felons, which was not the case,” Zancocchio’s lawyer said.


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