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|2015-06-20| Lucchese keymembers plead guilty to illegal gambling charges
Back in 2007 the authorities were able to dismantle an illegal gambling enterprise worth up to $2 billion. The operation used a wire room based in Costa Rica and made use of several password protected websites to place bets. There were thousands of users active in a span of 15 months. Leading suspects were Lucchese members Matthew Madonna, Martin Taccetta, Ralph Perna and John Mangrella. They were all indicted in 2010. Now, almost 5 years later, they have plead guilty to the charges. Prosecutors will probably recommend prison terms ranging from 5 till 10 years.
|2015-06-07| Camorra responsible for large scale ticket fraud during Champions League finals.
Last saturday was a big and exciting moment for FC Juventus, a class-A soccer team from Turin which managed to place itself in the finals of the Champions League against all-stars FC Barcelona. Many fans travelled to Berlin in hopes that their team might rise the trophy once more since their last victory 19 years ago. But what supposed to have been a great evening ended in an absolute mess. Before the start of the match the UEFA learned that over 5.000 forged tickets had been sold in Italy and now circulated at the ticket stand. They immediatly restricted the entrances causing lots of delay. Because of this many fans, including sponsors and VIPs, missed much of the first half. The chaos angered thousands of people. Top officials of the UEFA now blame the Camorra for being responsible and demand an investigation. They have also said they will not pay people back for the damage. To make matters worse Juventus lost the finals with 1-3.
|2015-06-05| Last of the Angiulo brothers dies
Another past generation chapter has ended. Francesco Angiulo was the last surviving of a group of brothers who ran the Boston Mafia throughout the 1960's until the 1980's as part of the New England based Patriarca Family. Francesco was a longtime bookkeeper for the families vast gambling ventures and worked under the command of his older brother Gennaro. For years they controlled the neighbourhood until the FBI began to wiretap their headquarters, resulting in waves of indictments and prosecutions. His brothers and several henchmen were all trialed for racketeering, himself ending up behind bars for 14 years. It meant the end of the Angiulo ruling. People however never claimed to have feared them, but instead said the brothers had kept the neighbourhood clean and safe for all those years. Francesco was 94 years of age when he passed away.
|2015-04-10| Leading member of dangerous Camorra clan arrested in Spain
Today Spanish police arrested 55-year old Carlo Leone, who was signalled all over Europe since he disappeared in 2009 after an arrest warrant was spread out back in Italy. Leone is a keymember of the Elia clan in suburb Naples and acted as an important narco-broker between distributeurs and customers. After investigators discovered he was hiding in the Costa del Sol, police put on a surveillance and eventually nailed him. He now awaits extradition.
|2015-04-03| Son of former Detroit godfather passes away
Tony Zerilli, son of the famed Joseph Zerilli, passed away at the age of 87. During his lifetime he had been closely involved with the Detroit Partnership. He was a longtime boardmember of the Hazel Park racetrack in Michigan and spend a lot of time in Las Vegas to watch over Partnership investments. In 1996 he was indicted in a massive racketeering case. He was freed in 2008. He had been married to Rosalie Profaci, daughter of New York mob boss Joe Profaci. With his passing Detroit loses one of it's last Mafia strongholds of a past generation.
|2015-03-12| New Jersey's DeCavalcante family targetted by the FBI
Recently the FBI struck at the New Jersey based DeCavalcante family and arrested about a dozen of wiseguys during the process. They are being charged with illegal prostitution, illegal gambling and conspiracy to murder. Main suspects are family consiglieri Frank Nigro, 72, and 71-year old capo Charles Stango, who led a crew out of Toms River. According to investigators Stango had plotted to whack a fellow mobster from Elizabeth and had hired a member of the Outlaws to do the hit. The crew was also said to have run a luxury escort service out of Toms River.
|2015-01-22| Fugitive 'Ndrangheta leader arrested
Yesterday the carabinieri succeeded in arresting Mafialeader Natale Trimboli, who had been a fugitive for 5 years. He was hiding in Gioia Tauro, where police was able to arrest him without further resistance. He is considered to be the leader of the Trimboli-Marando clan and was an important link to North-Italian based crime groups. He will stand trial for drug smuggling offenses and the murders of Antonio Stefanelli en Franco Mancuso, who were killed in Turin.
|2015-01-22| Secret Mafiacode revealed
Earlier this week police apprehended a paper which had a secret code written on it and was used by 'Ndrangheta members for drug trafficking and initiation rituals. The code was found inside a red book and was taken in the village of San Luca alongside several weapons and 600 kilograms of cocaine. After a long stretch two specialized officers were able to crack and translate the symbols into plain text. The codex, dubbed the San Luca Code, can prove to be very worthy in further investigations.
|2015-01-05| Joey Merlino heads back to prison
Joey Merlino, the former boss of the Scarfo family and eternal foe to John Stanfa, is back in prison for violating his parole after meeting with Philly mobster John Ciancaglini at a local cigar bar. He will have to sit out a four month term. Since his release in 2011 Merlino has been living in sunny Florida with his girlfriend, claiming he has no more involvement in the Scarfo organization. The FBI nonetheless still believes he remains in touch with current boss Steven Mazzone.
|2014-12-10| St. Louis Mafiaboss Anthony Parrino passes away
Anthony "Nino" Parrino, the 78-year old reputed boss of the St. Louis Mafia, passed away last week. Parrino had been active with the Teamsters labor union during the '60s and '70s while under the wing of then boss Anthony Giordano. Since the early 1980's he served as the consiglieri and after Gioradano's successor Matthew Trupiano was jailed, he became boss himself. During that period the St. Louis Mafia became independent from their long related Mafia brethren from Chicago and Detroit. The St. Louis Mafia had been dealing on a small scale ever since and with Parrino's passing could now face extinction.