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

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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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Mob Family Thicker than Blood? FBI Probing Whether Ex-Mob Boss Put Out Hit on His Son

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Among the die hard mobsters, the Mafia is more of a family to them than their real families.

Case in point: The New York Daily News reports that the FBI is investigating the possibility that one-time Genovese family boss Dominick “Quiet Dom” Cirillo ordered a hit on his son Nicholas Mother’s Day in 2004.

The Daily News reported that the son vanished shortly after getting into a brawl in the Bronx with Bonanno soldier Dominick Cicale and second-generation gangster Vincent Basciano Jr.

The paper, citing sources, said the son was high on crack during the scuffle.

“There was concern the kid [Nicholas] was out of control and he was going to cause problems for the [Genovese] family,” a source told The News.

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Ex-NY Mob Boss Testifies that Crooked FBI Agent in 80s Tipped Off the Mafia About Arrests

Joseph Massino/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Bonanno mob boss Joseph Massino — the first N.Y. family boss to ever take the witness stand for the government — testified Thursday that a crooked FBI agent tipped off the Mafia back in the 80s that he and others were about to get arrested, the Associated Press reported.

As a result, he said, he went on the lam for two years, AP reported.

“The FBI agent never gave a bad tip,” Massino testified, according to AP. “Anytime he told us something, we could take it to the bank.”

Massino is currently serving a life sentence for multiple murders. He was testifying against his successor in the mob, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, who is accused of putting a hit out on a mob associate. Basciano is already serving a life sentence in another case.

AP reported that it was unclear whether authorities ever confirmed Massino’s story about the crooked FBI agent. AP reported that the FBI on Thursday declined comment.

NY Crime Boss Testifies in Court; Makes Mafia History

Joseph Massino/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In what’s being billed as a first, a boss of one of the five New York crime families took the stand Tuesday to testify in court for the government.

No New York boss had ever done that before, though it’s generally accepted that the code of silence aint’ what it used to be in the mob.

Joseph C.  Massino, 68, who headed the Bonanno Crime Family in New York for 14 years, and is now behind bars, testified in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against his successor,  Vincent Basicano,  who is accused of killing Bonanno associate Randolph Pizzolo, the New York Daily News reported. Basciano is already serving a life sentence for a murder and racketeering conviction in 2007.

Massino testified Tuesday that while in prison with Basicano, he  recorded him talking about the killing, the Daily News reported.

“He told me that he had him killed,” Massino testified.  “He said he was a scumbag, a rat, a troublemaker, a bad kid.”

The New York Times reported that Massino became a government snitch after his July 2004 conviction for murder and racketeering. At the time, the government talked about going after the death penalty against Massino. But Massino, as part of his plea,  pleaded guilty to eight more murders and got two consecutive life terms. On the upside, his wife and daughter were allowed to keep their homes.

After his conviction, the Times reports, that Massino offered up info that Basciano was plotting to kill a federal prosecutor and U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, who is presiding over the current trial.

Attorney Barry Levin, who represented Basciano in a 2006 trial,  told the Times that Massino was a “pathological liar” and that the government “had welcomed him with open arms only to prove they could break a boss.” He also said the prosecution was a waste of millions of dollar of government money considering Basciano is already serving a life sentence.

Basciano faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

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EX-FBI Agent Takes Shots at Brooklyn Prosecutors in His New Book


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex- New York FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio, who beat a murder wrap in 2007 after being accused of advising a mob informant to kill four turncoats, is going after the  local Brooklyn prosecutors who unsuccessfully went after him, according to the New York Daily News.

In his new book “We’re Going to Win This Thing: The Shocking Frame-Up of a Mafia Crime Buster”, DeVecchio takes a shot at the Brooklyn Distict Attorney Charles Hynes, suggesting he was “always more interested in publicity than doing his job,” and was hoping that prosecuting an ex-agent would promote a novel he’d written, the Daily News reported.

And DeVecchio  goes after the controversial frontline local prosecutor Michael Vecchione, who unsuccessfully prosecuted him in 2007, the Daily News reported .The case imploded during trial when it was discovered that a key witness , a gangster’s mistress, was lying. The case was subsequently dropped.

DeVecchio said the trial  was set up so that prosecutor Vecchione would be the good Italian and he would be the bad one, the Daily News reported. And he had little good to say about Vecchione.

“Despite having never seen him, I could tell who he was right away,” he noted in his book.  “Dark-skinned, vacant-eyed, with an aggressive, bulky body topped by a moon face and a graying crew cut. He always seemed to be on the verge of toppling forward.

“He had one of those rock star beards that never grows more than a quarter-inch and endows the wearer with a degenerate look. Someone should tell him that it looks ridiculous on a middle-aged man with a potbelly.”

A spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office declined comment, the Daily News reported.

NY FBI Cuts Agents Probing Mafia Weeks After Big Bust


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mob reporter Jerry Capeci of the website Gang Land News writes in a story posted Thursday:

“Did the Justice Department just orchestrate a bait-and-switch scam on a gullible, eager-to-believe citizenry? Six weeks after the feds loudly proclaimed that they are still pursuing mobsters with a vengeance, the FBI has quietly cut the number of New York squads that investigate the notorious Five Families.”

Capeci, a former N.Y. Daily News reporter, reports that there used to be an FBI squad for each of New York’s five crime families. Now it’s down to three.

“It’s not just re-organizing either,” Capeci writes. “The total number of mob-busting agents is also cut by some 25 per cent, Gang Land has learned.

Gang Land reports that the cuts mean the N.Y. FBi only has about 45 agents investigating roughly 700 mobsters and another 7,000 associates.

The report comes just weeks after the Justice Department, with much fanfare, announced the biggest mobster round up in FBI history after it indicted 127 people in the Northeast.

To read more click here. (Gang Land is a Pay-Website)

Modern Mobsters Still Follow Dad into the Mafia

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The historic mobster roundup that collared more than 120 people in the New York region last month provided a snapshot of the Mafia of today: murder, gambling and extortion; big bosses and small fries; “made guys” and associates. But what it didn’t show was the pervasive nepotism that still exists in organized crime — only one son with a father with alleged ties to a crime family was arrested that day.

Even so, organized crime experts say the mob of the 21st century, just like the one in the 20th century, is still a magnet for the younger generation.

Father John J. Gotti

“Unfortunately, there’s still quite a few sons in the business,” David Shafer, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Organized Crime Branch in New York, told AOL News. “Hollywood has glamorized the business with shows and movies like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas.’

“But it’s not a glamorous lifestyle. A lot of wise guys and associates aren’t living the luxurious lifestyle and living in a mansion like Tony Soprano.”

Adds Andrew DiDonato, a former associate of the Gambino crime family: “There’s still a ton of nepotism in organized crime. Nepotism still runs wild.”

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial: Despite Emphasis on Terrorism, Justice Dept. Hasn’t Forgotten About the Mob


By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial Page

PITTSBURGH — American mobsters probably assumed they had a free ride after Sept. 11. East Coast crime families probably breathed easier after the Justice Department turned its attention toward foreigners whose names appeared on terror-watch lists.

For sure, the specter of international terrorism provided the FBI and other law enforcement agencies with bigger fish to fry than guys with nicknames like “Jack the Whack,” “Meatball,” “Lumpy,” “Mush” and “The Claw.” Still, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demonstrated last week, there’s nothing wrong with occasionally hauling in “small fry” to keep the nation’s more traditional crime figures on their toes.

On Thursday, 800 agents and officers from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and local police in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Florida arrested 110 suspected mob members, making it one of the biggest organized crime busts in recent memory.

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