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Gang Land News: Feds Cheer Mama’s Boy Mob Snitch, And He Earns A Sweet Reward

Jerry Capeci is considered a mob expert. He’s the founder and editor of the paid subscription website Gang Land News. This article was republished with permission.

By Jerry Capeci

Anthony Zoccolillo’s role as a co-star of the short-lived Mama’s Boys of the Bronx reality TV show was pretty much a flop.

But there was applause all around for the former Genovese crime family associate-turned super snitch at his sentencing last month. Surrounded by dozens of FBI agents, NYPD detectives and very happy family members, a smiling but moisteyed Zoccolillo walked out of Manhattan Federal Court and breathed free fresh air for the first time in 18 months.

His best review came from Judge Richard Sullivan who praised him for “truly extraordinary” undercover work following his arrest on drug dealing charges and sentenced Zoccolillo to “time served.”

In January, Gang Land dubbed Zoccolillo The Most Effective Mob Turncoat Of 2014. Federal prosecutor Rebecca Mermelstein said he was he even better than that. She credited him with giving her the crucial evidence to obtain six indictments against 14 mobsters and drug dealers, and dubbed Zoccolillo the best cooperating witness she had seen in her five years as an assistant U.S. Attorney.

“This is, without a doubt, the cooperator who has offered the most substantial assistance,” Mermelstein said of Zoccolillo. She submitted a list of 27 gangsters, including 13 members of a violent Bronx-based Albanian gang who pleaded guilty to drug, weapons and other charges rather than face the former Mama’s Boy on the witness stand.

“He did it from the very beginning” when he “worked proactively to make hundreds of in-person telephone recordings,” she said. “Unlike many people, he never withheld anything. He never got caught minimizing anything. He came forward immediately and did  the right thing.”

The sentencing documents, and a transcript of the proceeding, which took place May 1, were sealed until this week. Judge Sullivan ordered them unsealed following a Gang Land pro se motion that cited the public’s common law and First Amendment right to open court proceedings. Zoccolillo, as Gang Land first disclosed two years ago, flipped on the same day he was arrested — February 20, 2013.

He quickly snared Genovese mobster Salvatore (Sally KO) Larca and three others on tape as they conspired to buy thousands of pounds of marijuana in northern California and distribute it in New York. Larca was buying the high-grade weed for $1500 a pound and selling it for $4000 a pound.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: The Genovese Crime Family


Genovese Crime Family Mobster Extradited from Italy to NY

By Allan Lengel

Mobsters have a reputation for enjoying free things: TVs, Rolex watches, meals, computers. You name it.

Still, it’s fair to assume, Emilio Fusco, a made man in the New York Genovese Crime Family, was none to happy when he got a free plane ride back to the U.S. from Italy — compliments of the federal government.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of Manhattan announced Monday that Fusco was extradited from Italy to face racketeering and other charges in connection with the Genovese family crimes. Authorities said Fusco arrived in New York Friday afternoon, and was arraigned in Manhattan federal court earlier Monday.

Fusco was charged with co-defendants Felix Tranghese, Ty Geas, Fotios Geas and Arthur Nigro in in a superseding indictment unsealed in July 2010.

Tranghese pled guilty in January 2011, and Nigro, Fotios, Fotios Geas and Ty Geas were were convicted in April of racketeering charges, multiple murder charges, and multiple extortion charges.

“Emilio Fusco will finally face the justice he deserves—something that he never afforded his alleged victims,” Bharara said.

Authorities said that in 2003,  Fusco, prior to being sentenced for an earlier racketeering conviction, got hold of a court document showing that Genovese family capo Adolfo Bruno had spoken with an FBI agent about Fusco’s status in the Genovese family.

After that, Arthur Nigro, who was the acting boss of the Genovese family, gave the order to murder Bruno. Fusco and others conspired to carry out the murder, and Bruno was killed on Nov. 23, 2003.

Less than three weeks before Bruno’s murder, authorities said Fusco, a fellow Genovese family soldier and two associates, murdered Gary Westerman to help their position in the family and to prevent Westerman from snitching to the feds about crimes committed by members and associates of the Genovese family, authorities said.


Mobster for Genovese Crime Family Gets 10 Years For “Murder Conspiracy” Involving a Hitman for the Russian Mob

By Allan Lengel

Mobster Anthony “Tony D” Palumbo of the Genovese crime family was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to 10 years in prison for “murder conspiracy”  that included a plot to bump off a hitman for the Russian mob.

Palumbo, a soldier and an “acting capo” in the Genovese family, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder in the aide of a racketeering enterprise.

“Anthony Palumbo’s decades long crime spree has finally come to an end,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.”He is going to prison which is exactly where he belongs.”

Authorities say that Palumbo operated mobster crews in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

In 1990, he was put in charge of the Genovese Crime Family’s interests in an illegal mob cartel that extorted petroleum companies affiliated with Russian organized crime figures.

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NY Feds Deny Misconduct in Gambino Crime Family Case

new-york-mapBy Allan Lengel

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office challenged allegations by a defense attorney that the government was involved in misconduct in a mob case in which a cooperating witness ran a prostitution ring that used a 15-year-old girl, the New York Times reported.

The Times reported that the government, in a court filing Wednesday, said it ended the operation when it learned that the teen was involved.

The filing came in response to a motion by defense attorney, Gerald J. McMahon, who claimed in court papers that the government was engaged in ”outrageous government misconduct” by using the teen. He asked that the case be dismissed.

The motions were in connection with the indictment in April of 14 people linked to the Gambino crime family.

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Ex-Acting Boss Daniel Leo “The Lion” of Genovese Crime Family Gets 18 Months

Daniel Leo "The Lion"

Daniel Leo "The Lion"

By Allan Lengel

The ex-acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family Daniel Leo “The Lion” was sentenced Tuesday in New York to 18 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $1.3 million in illegal proceeds.

Leo pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and participation in the affairs of the Genovese Organized Crime Family through a pattern of racketeering activity, including loansharking and illegal gambling offenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

His sentence is to run consecutively to his 60-month sentence resulting from a  conviction in Manhattan federal court on extortion charges in October 2007, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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Ex-Acting Boss of Genovese Crime Family Charged in 2003 Murder

mafia33By Allan Lengel

The New York U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to hammer away at the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

The office on Wednesday announced the indictment of former acting boss Arthur Nigro and made member Anthony Arillota on racketeering crimes including the 2003 murder of Adolfo Bruno, a member of the crime family who reportedly ran an operation out of Massachusetts.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the indictment charged crime family members Steve Alfisi with racketeering and Marcos Caio, James Coumoutsos and George Coumoutsos with working with Alfisi in an illegal gambling operation.

A press release says that in 2003, Nigro, who served as acting boss of the crime family for a while, and Arilotta murdered Adolfo Bruno “in order to maintain and increase their position in the Genovese Organized Crime Family, as well as to prevent Bruno from providing information to law enforcement about crimes committed by members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.”

The indictment comes just weeks after the acting head of the Genovese organized crime family, Daniel Leo, aka “The Lion,” and his nephew Joseph Leo, a lieutenant, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to racketeering charges related to loan sharking, extortion and illegal gambling.