Where's Genovese Boss Vincent Chin Gigante's Son?

Larry McShane of the Daily News recently (well, somewhat recently) extolled the alleged virtues of Vincent (Chin) Gigante son Vincent Esposito, the "accused high-ranking Genovese crime family associate" arrested in January.

Vincent Esposito, Vincent Gigante.
The Vincents, Esposito, left, and Gigante.

Esposito was living in the wretched confines of the Metropolitan Correctional Center. His defense attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, attempted to spring Vincent on bail, McShane reported.

Turns out, as per court filings, Vincent, 50, lived most of his life with his octogenarian mother in the Upper East Side townhouse and is her primary caregiver. He shopped for her, cooked for her, and rarely ventured beyond the part of Manhattan where he lived.

Esposito is the son Gigante had with longtime mistress Olympia Esposito, Vincent's aging mother, who is 83.

"According to a court filing by Lichtman, Esposito is “a man who is revered for his dedication to his immediate family and to others.”

"Olympia Esposito’s only son ferried his ailing mother to myriad doctor appointments, including a pulmonologist, an oncologist, an orthopedist, a neurologist and an internist," McShane wrote.

Esposito was one of five members and associates of the Genovese crime family indicted for racketeering including extortion and other crimes, some ranging back to 2001.

Indicted in New York's Southern District Court, (download PDF here) with Esposito: Genovese capo Steven (Mad Dog) Arena, 60; Frank Giovinco, 50; Frank Cognetta, 42; and Vincent D’Acunto, Jr.

The case centers on a 15-yearlong extortion scheme of a union official by Esposito, Arena, and associate D'Acunto Jr.

Tightening the noose is cooperating witness Vincent Fyfe, Chin's nephew. Gang Land News broke the news about the cooperator's identity exclusively. (Gang Land News is the most important organized crime news site in the country, I subscribe, and you should too. While I limit use of his valuable information, ignoring Capeci is like sitting down to a dish of pasta and ignoring the sauce and grated pecorino romano.)

When arrested, Esposito was living in the Upper East Side townhouse where his father once lived, and which the Fed's grew fixated on surveilling back in the 1980s. Vincent Esposito owns it with his aging mother (and two sisters).

We reported about the booty the FBI acquired from the $12 million E. 77th St. townhouse during the arrest: "two lists of made members of the Genovese Family"; $3.8 million in cash stuffed inside old ammunition boxes, sacks, shoe boxes and envelopes; and those  .... "weapons" that look suspiciously like the little toys you find at the bottom of a box of Lucky Charms cereal.
Weapons found in Esposito's townhouse,
Weapons found in Esposito's townhouse, including unregistered handgun, ammunition, brass knuckles.

Lichtman's proposed bail package included a $6 million bond and home incarceration.

Prosecutors, in their response, questioned Esposito’s honesty, among other things.

“The defense submission is long on hyperbole, but short on providing a complete and reliable factual survey of the defendant’s financial resources,” prosecutors said.

“As the court is aware, the defendant made significant and material misstatements . . . about his assets following his arrest.”

About three weeks later, on March 23, Judge Victor Marrero issued his ruling.

To meet bail, Esposito was required to pay for armed guards to stay in his townhouse with him until trial. (Esposito's lawyer pegged the expense as prohibitive.)

Judge Marrero sided with prosecutors in that ankle monitors and surveillance cameras were insufficient to keep the mobster from running. 

"Only 24/7-armed guards, costing half million dollars, at the East 77th Street would satisfy," the News later reported.

Lichtman said he will appeal the judge’s decision.

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For the first and hopefully final time, I'm reaching back to my Chaminade high school years to quote from the bible (to remind the Fed's):

.... The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.