Johnny Boy Ambrosio, Acting Gambino Capo, Faces Life for Running Gambling, Loansharking Ring

Clarification: At 74, a 20-year sentence would amount to a life sentence....

John (Johnny Boy) Ambrosio, 74, a Gambino soldier (and acting capo), who won criminal justice immortality of sorts by paying regular homage to then-Gambino boss John Gotti outside the much-surveilled Ravenite social club in Manhattan’s Little Italy from around 1988 to 1990, faces life in prison for running a gambling and loan-sharking operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York reported.
John “Johnny Boy” Ambrosio
John “Johnny Boy” Ambrosio.

On Thursday, May 31,in Federal court in Central Islip, New York, John Ambrosio, aka “Johnny Boy,” a member of the Gambino crime family, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, admitting his involvement in loansharking and illegal gambling.

Ambrosio, an acting captain in the Gambino family, is the last defendant to plead guilty in a superseding indictment that charged him and six members and associates of the Gambino family and a member of the Bonanno organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra. Co-conspirators Frank Salerno, also known as “Frankie Boy,” a soldier in the Bonanno family, Thomas Anzalone, Alessandro Damelio, also known as “Sandro,” Joseph Durso, Anthony Rodolico and Anthony Saladino, associates of the Gambino family, have previously entered pleas of guilty to racketeering conspiracy. Today’s proceeding was held before United States Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown.

As reported, Ambrosio was once closely affiliated with a member of Gotti's original Bergen crew in Ozone Park, Queens.

Ambrosio was nabbed along with a Bonanno soldier and five Gambino associates. They all faced a 13-count superseding indictment unsealed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York that charges them with racketeering conspiracy, including loansharking, illegal gambling, narcotics distribution conspiracy and obstruction of justice conspiracy. Their alleged crimes took place from January 2014 through December 2017.

And their arrests came one month after the Feds busted another Long Island-based crew of mobsters from the same two crime families.

As reported, Ambrosio company faced seemingly daunting evidence, including multiple wiretap recordings and testimony from an undercover law enforcement officer who allegedly purchased narcotics 12 times off these guys.

As detailed in the superseding indictment and other court filings, between January 2014 and December 2017, Ambrosio and his co-conspirators engaged in a racketeering conspiracy, which included predicate crimes of loansharking, operating illegal gambling businesses, narcotics distribution conspiracy and obstruction of justice conspiracy. At his guilty plea, Ambrosio admitted to participating in the affairs of the Gambino family by collecting an extortionate loan from one victim, and supervising a gambling business involving poker games, electronic gaming machines and sports betting. As part of his plea agreement with the government, Ambrosio will forfeit $100,000, including $66,116 in cash that was seized from his home in Huntington, New York, at the time of his arrest.

When Ambrosio and his co-conspirators were arrested on December 12, 2017, law enforcement agents executed numerous search warrants at various locations, including a storage facility in Nassau County, and recovered gambling and loan sharking records, electronic gaming machines, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia, and numerous firearms, including an AR-15, a .38 caliber revolver and a sawed-off shotgun. Law enforcement agents also recovered letters addressed to Ambrosio from Bonanno family boss Michael “The Nose” Mancuso and former Gambino family boss John Gotti.

When sentenced, Ambrosio, Anzalone, Damelio, Durso and Rodolico each face a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment. Saladino and Salerno each face a mandatory minimum of five years’ imprisonment and up to 40 years’ imprisonment for cocaine distribution conspiracy offenses.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorney Artie McConnell is in charge of the prosecution.

Defendant Who Pleaded Guilty Today:

JOHN AMBROSIO (also known as “Johnny Boy”)
Age: 74
Huntington, New York

Defendants Who Have Previously Pleaded Guilty:

Age: 44
Queens, New York

ALESSANDRO DAMELIO (also known as “Sandro”)
Age: 49
Queens, New York

Age: 26
Glen Cove, New York

Age: 46
Huntington, New York

Age: 67
Glen Cove, New York

FRANK SALERNO (also known as “Frankie Boy”)
Age: 43
Queens, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-522 (S-1)(SJF)


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