Assault Case Against Former Genovese Crew Chief Bingy Arillotta Dismissed

An assault and battery charge filed last July in Springfield District Court against Anthony (Bingy) Arillotta, the former boss of the Genovese family's outpost in Springfield, Mass., was dismissed.

Arillotta's assault case was dismissed.

Arillotta (who appears in this week's Johnnie & Gene podcast, see below) was released from prison in 2017 after serving an eight-year stretch for various acts of mob mayhem, including murder and racketeering.

Last summer, he was arrested and charged with assault and battery for allegedly hurling a carton of lemonade at a female family member during an argument over the presence of a pet dog (Arillotta is allergic and wanted the dog removed). The woman did not suffer any visible injuries and refused medical treatment. At the time of the arrest, Arillotta was still on federal probation,though reportedly the allegations never rose to the level of posing a violation threat.

“It’s over now,” Bingy said after the court hearing earlier this year, Stephanie Barry reported on MassLive.

His attorney, Kevin Riva, said, “The judge allowed our motion to dismiss the case. There were several factors — the weakness of the case being factor one,” Riva said.

Arillotta was once the boss of the Genovese crime family's Springfield crew in Mass. 

He copped to two murders and an attempted murder, all of which happened in 2003. He copped to engineering the murder of former Springfield boss Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno (who was his former mob mentor)  and a former brother-in-law, Gary Westerman, a Massachusetts associate. He also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a New York union boss and to various additional crimes during his connection with the "Springfield Crew" of the New York-based Genovese crime family, including drug dealing, extortion, and illegal weapons possession.

Arillotta became the federal government's star witness in two separate mob murder trials in New York City in 2011 and 2012. One trial involved former Genovese acting boss Arthur (Artie) Nigro and the Geas brothers, Freddy and Ty. Nigro has since died, and the brothers are serving life sentences. Nigro, who oversaw the Springfield crew from the Bronx, N.Y., sponsored Arillotta's rise to made man in the Mafia. Freddy Geas allegedly was a participant in the vicious October 2018 murder of former FBI snitch/multiple-murderer James (Whitey) Bulger.

Arillotta flipped shortly after his arrest in 2010 -- and after Bruno shooter Frankie Roche and mob heavy John Bologna had already turned and were spilling secrets.

He escaped a mandatory life sentence in exchange for his cooperation.He departed the Witness Protection Program in 2017 and moved back to Springfield, against the advice of many.

Arillotta appears in the latest episode of the Johnny & Gene show....(Is anyone not doing a podcast these days?) And last week, Anthony Ruggiano Jr. was on (that podcast is posted below the one below...)

Anthony Ruggiano Junior was a longtime Gambino associate who defected in 2006 and testified in several trials against Gambino capo Dominick (Skinny Dom) Pizzonia, powerful Gambino boss Bartolomeo (Bobby Glasses) Vernace, Gambino wiseguy Charles Carneglia, and others. Anthony Ruggiano Junior's charges included murder and a number of murder conspiracies.

We wrote a series of stories with Anthony Junior; his father was Gambino soldier Anthony (Fat Andy) Ruggiano, who ran a crew out of the Café Liberty social club in Ozone Park, Queens. Fat Andy died in 1999.

In prison during the whole of John Gotti's reign as boss, we speculated that Fat Andy likely would've played a major role in the Gambino family had the timing worked out differently.

Had Fat Andy been out on the street during John Gotti’s reign, he likely would’ve changed the calculus — meaning Gambino family history would be different. A longtime power in East New York and a mentor to powerful wiseguys, Fat Andy could have played a significant role.

“My father had bad timing," Anthony Ruggiano Junior said.

“My father definitely would’ve been on John’s side. Tony Lee (Anthony Guerrieri) was. Tony Pep (Anthony Trentacosta) was there in front of Sparks when Castellano was killed in 1985. My father would’ve been in on the whole thing."

"To kill Paul, John needed a link to the guys like Jimmy Brown (aka James Failla, carting industry power), Tommy Gambino, and Danny Marino — he needed a link to the wealthy Gambino capos in Brooklyn. Then, when (Gotti underboss) Frank DeCicco got blown up, he needed a guy who was friends with everyone — the guys in Brooklyn and Manhattan – that’s why he chose Sammy. My father definitely could have been in the mix.”

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