An 83-year-old Ocean County man was arrested Tuesday along with a dozen New Yorkers in a federal crackdown on Mafia organized crime.
Benjamin “Benji” Castellazzo, of Manahawkin, is charged with illegal activities as the deputy head of the Colombo criminal family, federal prosecutors have said.
Accused crime family head Andrew “Mush” Russo, 87, of Long Island, was arrested and charged with racketeering, while accused consigliere Ralph DiMatteo, 66, also from Long Island, was still at large on Tuesday. .
Colombo crime family members and associates from La Cosa Nostra and organized crime family member Bonanno charged with various illegal activities including labor racketeering, attempted extortion and extortion , as well as money laundering conspiracy.
A 19-count indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday, against 13 men and one woman.
The rest of the list of defendants, all from New York, is as follows:
– Vincent “Vinny Unions” Ricciardo, 75, Franklin Square
– Richard Ferrara, 59, Brooklyn
– Theodore “Teddy” Persico, Jr., 58, Brooklyn
– Michael Uvino, 56, Garden City
– Thomas Costa, 52, West Islip
– Domenick Ricciardo, 56, Place Franklin
– John “Bazoo” Ragano, 59, Franklin Square
– Joseph Bellantoni, 39, Massapequa
– John Glover, 62, Queens
-Vincent Martino, 43, Medford
– Erin Thompkins, 53 Franklin Square
Ragano, an accused member of the Bonanno crime family, has been charged with loan sharking, fraud and drug trafficking offenses.
Those arrested are all charged with a “long-standing ruthless model” of arming a union and plotting to use the union’s health-care program to steal and launder supplier contract funds, the US prosecutor said by interim for the Eastern District of New York. Jacquelyn Kasulis.
The accused Mafiosi have also been involved in exorbitant credit theft, money laundering and fraud, as well as drug trafficking, Kasulis said.
Among the evidence gathered, federal prosecutors cited a “recorded consensual conversation” on June 21, in which Vincent Ricciardo threatened to kill a man known as “John Doe 1” if he did not listen to speeches. requests.
“I’m gonna put him in the ground right in front of his wife and kids, right in front of his shitty house, you laugh whatever you want buddy, I’m not afraid to go to jail, let me tell you something , to prove a point? I wanna shoot him right in front of his wife and kids, call the police, damn it, let me go, how long do you think I’ll last anyway, “said Vincent Ricciardo, according to prosecutors.
He was arrested in North Carolina and arraigned in federal court in Charlotte, while the others were brought to justice by video conference in federal court in Brooklyn.
“The underbelly of criminal families in New York is alive and well,” FBI Deputy Director Michael Driscoll said in a written statement, adding that history is repeating itself.
“These soldiers, consiglieres, under bosses and bosses are obviously not history students, and do not seem to understand that we are going to catch them.”
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