Feds Charge Mikey Nose With Violating Terms Of His Release After The Bonanno Boss Was Spotted Meeting With Colombo Case Wiseguys

The Bonanno crime family's reputed official boss, Michael (The Nose) Mancuso, 67, was recently charged with parole violations after he was spotted meeting with several defendants in the ongoing case against Colombo boss Andrew (Mush) Russo and others.

Michael (Mikey Nose) Mancuso
 Mikey Nose Mancuso after recent arraignment. Credit: Noah Goldberg/Daily News.

The case mostly targets top-level wiseguys and associates in the Colombo family with shaking down a labor union. The only wiseguy in another crime family named in last fall’s indictment is Bonanno soldier John (Bazoo) Ragano. Ragano was charged with loansharking, fraud, and drug trafficking offenses as well as issuing fraudulent workplace safety training certifications. As per the indictment, Ragano, who is also known as “Maniac,” audaciously claimed to operate two workplace safety schools in New York that supposedly provided Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training courses and certifications, along with various New York City certifications, to construction workers.
Federal  prosecutors in Brooklyn charged Mancuso only with violating the terms of his supervised release by associating with members of organized crime. Mancuso was released from prison in 2019 and was on three years of supervised release after serving a 15-year bid for the cold-blooded gangland murder of Vinny Basciano associate Randolph (Randy) Pizzolo in 2004.

Mancuso was in Brooklyn Federal Court on March 15 for his arraignment before Judge James Cho after he was “caught up twice in federal wiretaps related to a separate investigation of the Colombo crime family,” according to what a law enforcement source told the Daily News.

Mancuso was released Tuesday on a $500,000 bond.

Under his new restrictions, the Bonanno boss (who we've heard has been known to peruse Cosa Nostra News) can move freely around the five boroughs and Long Island. He’s due back in court next month.

Mancuso was charged with the parole violations on March 9, two days before his supervised release term was supposed to have ended. He was accused of violating the terms of his release twice, in August 2020 and again in June 2021.

Mancuso reportedly was not charged with anything related to the Colombo case —or any other case. His new legal troubles are solely about his alleged associations with members of organized crime, a violation that still could put him back in the slammer for up to one month shy of a year.

As per Gang Land sources, FBI agents surveilled him meeting with underling Ragano and Colombo wiseguys Michael Uvino and Vincent (Vinny Unions) Ricciardo several times during the Colombo probe.

According to the indictment, Ragano and Domenick Ricciardo sent falsified records to the Department of Labor and other government agencies that purported to show that hundreds of workers had completed required safety courses when they had not. Many of those charged used Ragano’s “schools” to conduct meetings involving mafia members as well as to store illegal drugs and fireworks. Ragano and Vincent Ricciardo were also charged with loansharking for collecting loans totaling $250,000 by extorting an unnamed individual. In addition, Ricciardo and Ragano were charged with conspiracy to distribute large shipments of marijuana in vehicles from New York to Florida.

During the hearing earlier this week, Mancuso uttered only a single one-word reply: “Deny," after he was asked about the truth of the violation charge.

He also reportedly kept quiet when Daily News reporter Noah Goldberg approached him for comment in Cadman Plaza Park across the street from the courthouse following his arraignment.

Mancuso was crowned Bonanno boss in 2012-2013 while behind bars serving his most recent sentence.

“Mancuso’s the boss and he’s running the family from jail,” a law enforcement source said at the time.

Mancuso's last previous arrest was in February of 2006 after he stepped off a plane from Las Vegas. Mancuso was later sentenced for the December 1, 2004, murder of Pizzolo, whose bullet-riddled body was found facedown in the street in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. Mancuso had faced life in prison under the original murder indictment, but following his plea deal, Judge Nicholas Garaufis had to max out the sentence at 15 years. Mancuso, a veteran at doing time, also served a long stretch in the 1980s for killing his wife.

At Bonanno acting boss Vinny Basciano’s 2011 trial, he was heard via audio recording telling former Bonanno boss/legendary fat rat Joseph Massino that Pizzolo was a “dangerous kid” who had to go — and that his murder would be “a good wake-up call” for other wayward gangsters.

When Pizzolo's body was found in a desolate part of Brooklyn, he still wore an expensive wristwatch and pinkie ring, and had about $1,000 in his pocket. A cigarette lighter was clutched in a death grip. Not far from the body was Pizzolo's BMW 545i, which was still parked at the curb with the engine idling.

Randolph (Randy) Pizzolo, left; Vinny Basciano.
Randolph (Randy) Pizzolo, left; Vinny Basciano.

Pizzolo's demise didn't strike many as surprising. “I told him his mouth was going to get him in trouble one day,” retired undercover FBI agent Jack Garcia once said of Pizzolo.. Garcia recalled how one night Pizzolo had strutted into a Manhattan restaurant and offered to buy drinks for everyone — “except the Fed” after the Fed was pointed out.

Reputed Bonanno soldier Anthony (Ace) Aiello admitted to being the Pizzolo shooter and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Connie Pizzolo, the victim’s daughter, called Ace and Mancuso "two worthless lives” inside a Brooklyn Federal courtroom just prior to their 2008 sentencing.

As part of the same case, Anthony (Bruno) Indelicato (who was accused of plotting to kill a rival by masquerading as a police officer) and Anthony (Little Anthony) Donato were sentenced to 20 and 25 years, respectively. Former Bonanno acting boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano was sentenced to life.

Basciano was initially fond of Pizzolo and had been the one to propose him for membership in the Bonanno family. But Vinny Gorgeous eventually soured on the wayward associate after giving him opportunities to change his ways. For instance, he held back from penalizing Pizzolo for "illegally" shooting someone outside Caffe on the Green in Queens.

Soon enough, Basciano reached the end of his tether. The last straw might have been when Pizzolo, while idling time in a restaurant in Queens, began drunkenly boasting aloud that he was the Bonanno family's only real killer.