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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
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INDICTMENT

S1 06 Cr. 08 (LAK)

 

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LIBORIO S. BELLOMO,
a/k/a "Barney,"

JOHN ARDITO,
   a/k/a "Buster,"
RALPH BALSAMO,

a/k/a "the Undertaker,"
a/k/a "Skully,"

SALVATORE LARCA,

a/k/a "Sal,"

GERALD FIORINO,

a/k/a "Jerry,"
VINCENT RUSSO,

a/k/a "Vinny,"
ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR.

a/k/a "Allie Boy,"
LOUIS MOSCATIELLO,
ARTHUR NIGRO,

PASQUALE DELUCA,
     a/k/a "Scop,"
ANTHONY ROMANELLO,
     a/k/a "Rom,"

ALBERT FACCIANO,

a/k/a "Chinky,"
PASQUALE SPERDUTO,
ANGELO AQUILLINO,
TOMAS TERRACIANO,
JAMES PISACANO,

JOSEPH PISACANO,

WALTER GALIANO,

CLAUDIO CAPONIGRO,

a/k/a "Claudio the Barber,"
ANTHONY NEGRI, SR.,
ALBERT FAELLA,

ANDREW SHEA,

JOHN TOMERO,

JOSEPH DEROSA,

JOSEPH LANZA,
RAYMOND DELAROSA,
     a/k/a "Spider,"
DOMINICK BRUNO,

VINCENT RENDINO,

a/k/a "Pinchy,"



ERIC CMIEL,
LOUIS GRILLO,

a/k/a "Louie Gatts,"

MARK FIORE,

a/k/a "Choda," and

SAMUEL LOPEZ,

Defendants.

COUNT ONE

Racketeering Conspiracy

The Grand Jury charges:

The Enterprise

1.   At all times relevant to this Indictment, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," and ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendants, and others known and unknown, were members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra (the "Genovese Organized Crime Family"). The Genovese Organized Crime Family was a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in numerous acts of violence and other crimes, including murder; conspiracy to commit murder; extortion; labor racketeering; obstruction of justice; money laundering; narcotics trafficking; loan sharking; and the operation of illegal gambling businesses.



2.                The Genovese Organized Crime Family, including its leadership, membership, and associates, constituted an "enterprise," as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1961(4) -- that is, a group of individuals associated in fact, which was engaged in, and the activities of which affected, interstate and foreign commerce. The Genovese Organized Crime Family was an organized criminal group based in New York City that operated in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere and constituted an ongoing organization whose members functioned as a continuing unit for a common purpose of achieving the objectives of the enterprise. The Genovese Organized Crime Family was referred to by its members and associates in various ways, including as a "cosa nostra," a "Family," and "this thing of ours." 

3.                  The Genovese Organized Crime Family was part of a nationwide criminal organization known by various names, including the "Mafia" and "La Cosa Nostra" ("LCN"), which operated through entities known as "Families." The Genovese Organized Crime Family took its name from one of its early leaders, Vito Genovese. In addition to the Genovese Organized Crime Family, five other Families operated in the New York City and New Jersey area, namely, the Gambino Organized Crime Family of LCN, the Luchese Organized Crime Family of LCN, the Colombo 



Organized Crime Family of LCN, the Bonanno Organized Crime Family of LCN, and the Decavalcante Organized Crime Family of LCN.

4.                  The Genovese Organized Crime Family operated through groups of individuals known as "crews" and "regimes," most of which were based in New York City. Each "crew" had as its leader a person known as a "Caporegime," "Capo," "Captain," or "Skipper," and consisted of "made" members, sometimes known as" Soldiers," "wiseguys," "friends of ours," and "good fellows." Soldiers were aided in their criminal endeavors by other trusted individuals, known as "associates," who sometimes were referred to as "connected" or identified as "with" a Soldier. Associates participated in the various activities of the crew and its members. 

5.                  Each Capo was responsible for supervising the criminal activities of his crew and provided Soldiers and associates with support and protection. In return, the Capo typically received a share of the illegal earnings of each of his crew's Soldiers and associates, which was sometimes referred to as "tribute." 

6.                  Above the Capos were the highest-ranking members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, commonly referred to as the Administration. The head of the Genovese Organized Crime Family was known as the "Boss," who was ordinarily assisted by an "Underboss" and a "Consigliere," or counselor. The Boss, 



Underboss, and Consigliere were responsible for, among other things, setting policy, resolving disputes between and among members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, and resolving disputes between members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family and members of other criminal organizations. The Administration of the Genovese Organized Crime Family was also responsible for overseeing the criminal activities of the Family's Soldiers and associates, and was at times called upon to make decisions regarding those criminal endeavors.

7.                At various times relevant to this Indictment, members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family were temporarily appointed to serve as Boss, Underboss, Consigliere, or Capo in place of another member holding that position. Whenever this occurred, the member holding the temporary appointment would function in an "acting" capacity for the other member, who continued to hold the "official" position in the Family. In addition, at various times relevant to this Indictment, members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family served on a committee or ruling panel, a group of high-ranking members of the Family who assisted and, at times, made decisions with, or on behalf of, the Boss and the Acting Boss of the Family. 

8.   The Boss, Underboss, and Consigliere (whether official or acting) and, at times, the members of the ruling panel, supervised, supported, protected, and disciplined the 



Capos, Soldiers, and associates, and regularly received reports regarding their various activities. In return for their supervision and protection, the Boss, Underboss, and Consigliere and members of the ruling panel typically received part of the illegal earnings of each crew.

9.   While the overall structure of the Genovese Organized Crime Family remained constant, the structure of the Family's Administration was sometimes adjusted to meet situations-- including particularly the incarceration of the Boss, Acting Boss, and other high-ranking members of the Family -- that threatened to impede the orderly operation and criminal activities of the Genovese Organized Crime Family. Accordingly, at some point following the arrest of the now-deceased Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, Vincent Gigante, in or about1992, Genovese Organized Crime Family Capo LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," became the Acting Boss of the Genovese Family. BELLOMO continued to operate in that position up through at least 1998, following his incarceration in 1996, and subsequent conviction in 1997 on Federal extortion charges in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. From in or about 1998, up through and including in or about 2006, the Genovese Organized Crime Family has been run by a series of high-ranking members serving as Acting Bosses or on a ruling panel.



The Defendants

10. At all times relevant to this Indictment, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," and ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendants, and Louis Moscatiello, Arthur Nigro, a/k/a "Artie," and Pasquale Deluca, a/k/a "Scop," Anthony Romanello, a/k/a "Rom," and Albert Facciano, a/k/a "Chinky," were members and associates of the enterprise, the Genovese Organized Crime Family. BELLOMO, ARDITO, BALSAMO, LARCA, FIORINO, RUSSO, and TRANQUILLO, JR., Moscatiello, Nigro, Deluca, Romanello, and Facciano, participated in the operation and management of the enterprise as follows:

a.   LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier, Capo, and Acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family. Prior to becoming Acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family in or about 1992, BELLOMO was first a Soldier in the Genovese Family, and then a powerful Capo, who controlled a crew of Soldiers and associates based in the Bronx, New York. BELLOMO was responsible for, amongst other things, control over labor unions associated with the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. BELLOMO became the Acting Boss of the Genovese



Organized Crime Family in or about 1992, following the incarceration of Genovese Family Boss Vincent Gigante. In or about 1996, BELLOMO was himself incarcerated after being arrested on Federal criminal charges filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following his incarceration, and even after being replaced as Acting Boss, BELLOMO retained significant power and authority within the Genovese Organized Crime Family, and he continued to be consulted on, and make decisions with respect to, the Genovese Family's criminal activities. In or about 1997, following his conviction on Federal extortion charges, BELLOMO was sentenced to a term of 10 years' imprisonment. BELLOMO's criminal activities included the 1998 murder of Ralph Coppola, a Genovese Family Soldier and Acting Capo, as well as his participation in two schemes to obstruct justice, one by conspiring to tamper with a potential witness, and the other by giving false and misleading testimony in a grand jury proceeding.

b.   JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier and a Capo in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. ARDITO and his crew were based in the Bronx, New York, where ARDITO supervised various illegal activities of the Genovese Family. ARDITO regularly conducted meetings with other members and associates of the Genovese Family at various restaurants in the Bronx and



Westchester, including Pasquale Rigoletto's Restaurant and Mario's Restaurant in the Bronx, Agostino's Restaurant and Brunello's Trattoria in New Rochelle. ARDITO also controlled and assisted in controlling certain labor unions on behalf of the Genovese Family, including Local 102 of the Bakery, Confectionary and Tobacco Workers' Union and Local 15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Among ARDITO's criminal activities were participation in extortions, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, money laundering, labor racketeering, loan sharking, and gambling.

c.   RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, an associate and a Soldier in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. BALSAMO has long had a close relationship with an Acting Boss and member of the ruling panel of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, and often carried messages to and from this individual, who is currently imprisoned. BALSAMO also owned a funeral home in the Bronx, New York, which was often used as a meeting place for members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family. In his capacity as a Soldier in the Genovese Family, BALSAMO, among other things, supervised a crew of associates who distributed cocaine in the Bronx and Westchester. Among BALSAMO's criminal activities were



participation in obstruction of justice, labor racketeering, extortions, and the operation of an illegal gambling business.

d.   SALVATORE LARCA, the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, an associate and a Soldier in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. LARCA was closely associated with fellow Genovese Family Soldier RALPH BALSAMO, with whom LARCA has engaged in firearms trafficking, amongst other crimes. Among LARCA's criminal activities were participation in obstruction of justice and labor racketeering. 

e.   GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, an associate in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. FIORINO was in the crew of his brother-in-law, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney," the defendant. FIORINO owned a jewelry store in the Bronx, New York, at which members and associates of the Genovese Family have regularly met in order to discuss the operation and criminal activities of the Family. Among FIORINO's criminal activities were participation in extortion and money laundering. 

f.  VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, an associate in the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in the crew of JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster." In or about 2005 and 2006, ARDITO attempted to have RUSSO inducted into the Genovese Family. Among RUSSO's 



criminal activities were participation in an extortion and obstruction of justice.

g.  ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, an associate in the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in the crew of imprisoned Capo Pasquale Parello. TRANQUILLO, JR., ran a business called A&D Carting, also called Transcamp Carting, which maintained contracts to haul trash, dirt, and concrete for various entities. Among TRANQUILLO, JR.'s criminal activities was participation in the extortion of several competitors and associates in the carting industry. 

h.  Louis Moscatiello was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier and an Acting Capo in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. Among Moscatiello's criminal activities was participation in an extortion. 

i.  Albert Facciano, a/k/a "Chinky," was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier in the Genovese Organized Crime Family who was based in Florida. Among Facciano's criminal activities was participation in a conspiracy to obstruct justice. 

j●    Anthony Romanello, a/k/a "Rom," was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier and an Acting Capo in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. Among Romanello's criminal activities was participation in an extortion.



k.   Arthur Nigro, a/k/a "Artie," was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier and an Acting Capo in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. Among Nigro's criminal activities was participation in an extortion.

1.   Pasquale Deluca, a/k/a "Scop," was, at various times relevant to this Indictment, a Soldier in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. Among Deluca's criminal activities was participation in an extortion.

Purposes of the Enterprise

11. The purposes of the enterprise included the following:

a.  Enriching the leaders, members, and associates of the enterprise through, among other things: (i) the extortionate control of businesses, labor unions, persons, and property through threats of physical and economic harm; (ii) labor racketeering; (iii) the making, financing, and collection of extortionate extensions of credit, commonly known as "loan sharking;" (iv) the operation of illegal gambling businesses; (v) money laundering; and (vi) narcotics trafficking; 

b.   Preserving and augmenting the power, territory, and financial profits of the enterprise through intimidation, violence, and threats of physical and economic harm; and 



c.   Keeping victims and citizens in fear of the enterprise and its leaders, members, and associates by: (i) identifying the enterprise, its members, and its associates with La Cosa Nostra or the "Mafia;" (ii) causing and threatening to cause economic harm; and (iii) committing and threatening to commit physical violence.

Means and Methods of the Enterprise

12. Among the means and methods by which the defendants and other enterprise members and associates conducted and participated in the conduct of the affairs of the enterprise were the following:

a.   To protect and expand the enterprise's business and criminal operations, members and associates of the enterprise murdered, threatened, assaulted, and intimidated persons who engaged in activity that jeopardized (i) the power and criminal activities of the enterprise and the power and criminal activities of fellow LCN Families, (ii) the power of leaders of the enterprise, and (iii) the flow of criminal proceeds to the leaders of the enterprise. 

b.   Members and associates of the enterprise promoted a climate of fear in the community through threats of economic harm and violence. 

c.   Members and associates of the enterprise generated income for the enterprise through, among other things, 



(i) extortion; (ii) labor racketeering; (iii) the operation of illegal gambling businesses; (iv) loan sharking; (v) money laundering; and (vi) the distribution of cocaine.

d.  Members and associates of the enterprise at times engaged in criminal conduct or coordinated their criminal activities with leaders, members, and associates of other LCN Families. At other times, members and associates of the enterprise met with leaders, members, and associates of other LCN Families to resolve disputes over their criminal activities. 

e.  Members and associates of the enterprise controlled various labor unions and attempted to use their control over the unions to obtain benefits for the enterprise. 

f.  Members and associates of the enterprise used various techniques to avoid law enforcement scrutiny of the enterprise's criminal activities. Members and associates of the enterprise typically used coded language to make arrangements for meetings and to refer to other members and associates of the enterprise, and took other steps to frustrate law enforcement's attempts to overhear their discussions. Members and associates of the enterprise also engaged in other evasive conduct, such as whispering and speaking in hushed tones, in an effort to obstruct potential law enforcement eavesdropping, and not specifying the names of those about whom they were speaking. Members and associates of the enterprise also attempted to, and did, locate 



concealed recording equipment used by law enforcement officials to record their discussions and activities in various locations, including several restaurants where members and associates regularly met to discuss the operations and criminal activities of the enterprise. Members and associates of the enterprise also engaged in "walk and talks" to further frustrate law enforcement surveillance.

g.   In order to frustrate investigations of their criminal conduct, members and associates of the enterprise attempted to, and did, obstruct justice by, among other things, meeting with individuals questioned by federal agents or subpoenaed by federal grand juries and influencing the information that those individuals would provide to law enforcement authorities. 

h.   In order to maintain and continue the operations of the enterprise, members and associates of the enterprise used attorneys to pass messages, information and orders to and from imprisoned members and associates of the enterprise. Attorneys were also used to pass messages, information and orders between and among members and associates of the enterprise and members and associates of other LCN Families. Members and associates of the enterprise used attorneys in this fashion in the belief that any communications 



in which attorneys participated would not be monitored by law enforcement.

i.  Members and associates of the enterprise attempted to identify and did identify individuals suspected of providing, or deemed likely to provide, information to law enforcement about the enterprise, its members and activities, and about other LCN Families. Members and associates of the enterprise traveled to different parts of the United States, including Florida, to attempt to locate and tamper with witnesses. 

j.  To conceal their receipt of money generated from their criminal activities, members and associates of the enterprise concealed their ownership of various assets that were purchased with proceeds from their criminal activities, and engaged in financial transactions with such proceeds in order to conceal the nature, source and ownership of such proceeds. 

The Racketeering Conspiracy

13. From at least in or about the early 1990s, up through and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster,"  RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," and ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the



defendants, and others known and unknown, being persons employed by and associated with the racketeering enterprise described in Paragraphs 1 through 12 above, namely, the Genovese Organized Crime Family, which enterprise was engaged in, and the activities of which affected, interstate and foreign commerce, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to conduct and participate, directly and indirectly, in the conduct of the affairs of that enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961(1) and 1961(5), which pattern is set forth more fully in paragraphs 16 through 27 below, as Racketeering Acts One through Eleven. It was a further part and an object of the conspiracy that each defendant agreed that a conspirator would commit at least two acts of racketeering activity in the conduct of the affairs of the enterprise.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962(d).) COUNT TWO,

Racketeering

The Grand Jury further charges:

14. Paragraphs 1 through 12 of this Indictment are repeated and realleged and incorporated by reference as though fully set forth herein.



15.  From at least in or about the early 1990s, up through and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry,"  VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," and ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendants, and others known and unknown, being persons employed by and associated with the racketeering enterprise described in Paragraphs 1 through 12 above, namely, the Genovese Organized Crime Family, which enterprise was engaged in, and the activities of which affected, interstate and foreign commerce, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly conducted and participated, directly and indirectly, in the conduct of the affairs of that enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961(1) and 1961(5), that is, through the commission of the following racketeering acts: 

The Pattern of Racketeering

16.  The pattern of racketeering activity, as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961(1) and 1961(5), consisted of the following acts: 

Racketeering Act One -- Conspiracy to Murder Ralph Coppola
and Murder of Ralph Coppola

17.  LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," the defendant, committed the following acts of racketeering, any one 



of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act One:

a.   In or about 1998, in the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey, and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conspired to murder Ralph Coppola, in violation of New York State Penal Law, Sections 105.15 and 125.25. 

b.   In or about 1998, in the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey, and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly did commit an act involving murder and aided and abetted murder, to wit, with intent to cause the death of another person, BELLOMO and others known and unknown did cause the death of Ralph Coppola, in violation of New York State Penal Law, Sections 125.25 and 20.00. 

Racketeering Act Two - Extortion of Victim-1

18. The defendants named below committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Two:

a.   From in or about November 2003, up to and including in or about January 2004, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," the defendants, and others known and



unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner of a construction company that was engaged in interstate commerce ("Victim-1"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, FIORINO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of violence and economic harm to force Victim-1 to pay a debt of $150,000, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.

b.   From in or about November 2003, up to and including in or about January 2004, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit, and attempt to commit, extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by attempting to obtain money and property from and with the consent of another



person, to wit, Victim-1, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, FIORINO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of violence and economic harm in an attempt to force Victim-1 to pay a debt of $150,000, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951 and 2.

Racketeering Act Three - Extortion of Victim-2

19. The defendants named below committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Three:

a.   From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner and operator of a bakery involved in interstate commerce



("Victim-2"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, RUSSO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of economic harm and violence to force Victim-2 to make payments to a member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.

b.   From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, Victim-2, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, RUSSO, and other



members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of economic harm and violence to force Victim-2 to make payments to the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.

Racketeering Act Four - Extortion of Victim-3

20. ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Four:

a.   From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner and operator of a construction company ("Victim-3") engaged in interstate commerce, which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to



wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, against Victim-3, in order to force Victim-3 to resolve a monetary dispute, including a disputed monetary claim, with associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.

b.   From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, Victim-3, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b) (3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, against Victim-3, in order to force Victim-3 to resolve a monetary dispute, including a disputed monetary claim, with associates of the Genovese



Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.

Racketeering Act Five - Extortion of the Owners, Operators and
Employees of Carting Company-1

21. ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Five:

a.   From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of a carting and waste-hauling company engaged in interstate commerce ("Carting Company-1"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18,United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime



Family, agreed to use threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, to force the owners, operators and employees of Carting Company-1 to return property, including customer accounts, to TRANQUILLO JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest, and to stop recruiting customers away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.

b.   From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of Carting Company-1, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18,United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, to force the owners, operators and employees of Carting



Company-1 to return property, including customer accounts, to TRANQUILLO JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, Jr. had a financial interest, and to stop recruiting customers away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.

Racketeering Act Six - Extortion of the Owners, Operators and
Employees of Carting Company-2

22. ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Six:

a.   From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of a carting and waste hauling company engaged in interstate commerce ("Carting Company-2"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did



obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18,United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, to force the owners, operators and employees of Carting Company-2 to stop recruiting customers, including customer accounts, away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.

b.   From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of Carting Company-2, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime



Family, used threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, to force the owners, operators and employees of CartingCompany-2 to stop recruiting customers, including customer accounts, away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.

Racketeering Act Seven - Money Laundering

23. From at least in or about January 2003, up through and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," the defendants, and others known and unknown, in an offense involving and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, knowing that the property involved in certain financial transactions represented the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly, did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to conduct such financial transactions which in fact involved the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, to wit, loan sharking, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 892 and 894, extortion, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and the operation of an illegal gambling business, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1955, knowing that the transactions were designed in whole and in part to conceal and disguise the nature, the



location, the source, the ownership, and the control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, to wit, ARDITO, FIORINO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family engaged in various financial transactions using the illegal proceeds of ARDITO's criminal activities, including loan sharking, extortion, and gambling, in order to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source and ownership of such proceeds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956(a)(1)(B)(i) and (h).

Racketeering Act Eight - Obstruction Of Justice of Victim-4

24. The defendants named below committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Eight:

a.   From in or about January 2004, up through and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," and VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge



of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, BALSAMO, RUSSO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to corruptly persuade a person ("Victim-4") to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and testimony related to an assault on Victim-4 in which a portion of Victim-4's ear was bitten off by a member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and (k).

b.   From in or about January 2004, up through and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," and VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly did use

intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, and did attempt to do so, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, BALSAMO, RUSSO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, corruptly



persuaded Victim-4 to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and testimony related to an assault on Victim-4 in which a portion of Victim-4's ear was bitten off by a member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and 2.

Racketeering Act Nine - Obstruction Of Justice of Victim-5

25. The defendants named below committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Nine:

a.   From in or about Summer 2002, up through and including in or about October 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," and JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, BELLOMO, ARDITO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to locate a person



("Victim-5"), a suspected cooperating witness, in order to prevent or otherwise influence Victim-5's testimony at a federal criminal trial, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and (k).

b.   From in or about Summer 2002, up through and including in or about October 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," and JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly did use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, and did attempt to do so, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, BELLOMO, ARDITO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, attempted to locate Victim-5, a suspected cooperating witness, in order to prevent or otherwise influence Victim-5's testimony at a federal criminal trial, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and 2.



Racketeering Act Ten - Obstruction Of Justice of Victim-6

26. JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," committed the following acts of racketeering, any one of which alone constitutes the commission of Racketeering Act Ten:

a.   From in or about 2004, up through and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to corruptly persuade a person ("Victim-6") to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and testimony related to an extortion of Victim-6 by members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and (k).



b.   From in or about 2004, up through and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly did use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, and did attempt to do so, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, corruptly persuaded Victim-6 to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and testimony related to an extortion of Victim-6 by members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and 2.

Racketeering Act Eleven - Illegal Gambling

27. From at least in or about December 1999, up through and including in or about April 2001, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed, and owned all and part



of an illegal gambling business, namely, a large-scale bookmaking and sports betting operation, in violation of New York State Penal Law Sections 225.00 and 225.10, and which business involved five and more persons who conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed, and owned all and part of it, and which business had been and remained in substantially continuous operation for a period in excess of thirty days and had gross revenues of $2,000 in a single day, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1955 and 2.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962(c).)
COUNT THREE

(Murder in Aid of Racketeering)

The Grand Jury further charges:

28.  At all times relevant to this Indictment, the Genovese Organized Crime Family, as more fully described in Paragraphs 1 through 12 of this Indictment, which are repeated, realleged, and incorporated by reference as though set forth fully herein, constituted an enterprise, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1959(b)(2), that is, a group of individuals associated in fact, although not a legal entity, which was engaged in, and the activities of which affected, interstate and foreign commerce. 

29.  At all times relevant to this Indictment, the above-described enterprise, through its members and associates, 



engaged in racketeering activity, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1959(b)(1) and 1961(1), namely, acts involving murder, in violation of New York State Penal Law, acts indictable under Title 18, United States Code, Sections 892, 893 and 894 (involving the making, financing, and collecting of extortionate extensions of credit), acts indictable under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951 (involving extortion), acts indictable under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956 (involving money laundering), acts indictable under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512 (involving obstruction of justice and witness tampering), acts indictable under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1955 (operation of an illegal gambling business).

30. In or about 1998, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing their positions in the Genovese Organized Crime Family, an enterprise engaged in racketeering activity, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly did murder and aid and abet the murder of Ralph Coppola, in violation of New York State Penal Law, Sections 125.25 and 20.00.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1959(a)(1).)

COUNT FOUR

(Assault With a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering) The Grand Jury further charges:

31. Paragraphs 1 through 12, and 28 and 29 of this Indictment are repeated, realleged and incorporated by reference as though fully set forth herein. 

32. On or about April 30, 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing their positions in the Genovese Organized Crime Family, an enterprise engaged in racketeering activity, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did assault an employee of Carting Company-2 with a dangerous weapon, to wit, a knife, in violation of New York State Penal Law, Section 120.05. 

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1959(a)(3) and 2.)
COUNT FIVE

(Conspiracy to Extort Victim-1)

The Grand Jury further charges:

33.  From in or about November 2003, up to and including in or about January 2004, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," LOUIS MOSCATIELLO, and PASQUALE SPERDUTO, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, 



willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner of a construction company that was engaged in interstate commerce ("Victim-1"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, FIORINO, MOSCATIELLO, SPERDUTO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of violence and economic harm, and actual violence, to force Victim-1 to pay a debt of $150,000.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.)

COUNT SIX

(Attempted Extortion of Victim-1)

The Grand Jury further charges:

34. From in or about November 2003, up to and including in or about January 2004, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," LOUIS MOSCATIELLO, and PASQUALE SPERDUTO, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully,



willfully, and knowingly did commit, and attempt to commit, extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by attempting to obtain money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, Victim-l, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, FIORINO, MOSCATIELLO, SPERDUTO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of violence and economic harm in an attempt to force Victim-1 to pay a debt of $150,000.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.)
COUNT SEVEN

(Conspiracy to Extort Victim-2)

The Grand Jury further charges:

35. From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," and ANGELO AQUILLINO, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title



18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner and operator of a bakery involved in interstate commerce ("Victim-2"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, RUSSO, AQUILLINO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of economic harm and violence to force Victim-2 to make payments to a member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.) COUNT EIGHT

(Extortion of Victim-2)

The Grand Jury further charges:

36. From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," and ANGELO AQUILLINO, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property



from and with the consent of another person, to wit, Victim-2,which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ARDITO, RUSSO, AQUILLINO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of economic harm and violence to force Victim-2 to make payments to the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.) COUNT NINE

(Conspiracy to Extort of Victim-3)

The Grand Jury further charges:

37. From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b) (2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner and operator of a construction company ("Victim-3") engaged in interstate commerce,



which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, against Victim-3, in order to force Victim-3 to resolve a monetary dispute, including a disputed monetary claim, with associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.))
COUNT TEN

(Conspiracy to Extort of Victim-3)

The Grand Jury further charges:

38. From at least in or about January 2000, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, Victim-3, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear,



and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, in order to force Victim-3 to resolve a monetary dispute, including a disputed monetary claim, with associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.)

COUNT ELEVEN

(Conspiracy to Extort Carting Company-1)

The Grand Jury further charges:

39. From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of a carting and waste-hauling company engaged in interstate commerce ("Carting Company-1"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force,



violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, to force the owners, operators and employees of CartingCompany-1 to return property, including customer accounts, to TRANQUILLO JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, Jr. had a financial interest, and to stop recruiting customers away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.)
COUNT TWELVE

(Extortion of Carting Company-1)

The Grand Jury further charges:

40. From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of Carting Company-1,



which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, to force the owners, operators and employees of CartingCompany-1 to return property, including customer accounts, to TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest, and to stop recruiting customers away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.)
COUNT THIRTEEN

(Conspiracy to Extort Carting Company-2)

The Grand Jury further charges:

41. From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by



obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of a carting and waste-hauling company engaged in interstate commerce ("Carting Company-2"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, to force the owners, operators and employees of CartingCompany-2 to stop recruiting customers, including customer accounts, away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.))
COUNT FOURTEEN

(Extortion of Carting Company-2)

The Grand Jury further charges:

42. From in or about April 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR., a/k/a "Allie Boy," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in



Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owners, operators and employees of Carting Company-2,which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, TRANQUILLO, JR., and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of force and economic harm, and actual violence, in order to induce the owners, operators and employees of Carting Company-2 to stop recruiting customers, including customer accounts, away from TRANQUILLO, JR.'s business and businesses in which TRANQUILLO, JR. had a financial interest.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.)

COUNT FIFTEEN

(Conspiracy to Extort Victim-6)

The Grand Jury further charges:

43. From at least in or about January 2002, up to and including in or about December 2002, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ANTHONY ROMANELLO, a/k/a "Rom," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is



defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner and operator of a bakery involved in interstate commerce ("Victim-6"), which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ROMANELLO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of force and economic harm to forceVictim-6 to make payments to members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.))
COUNT SIXTEEN

(Extortion of Victim-6)

The Grand Jury further charges:

44. From at least in or about January 2002, up to and including in or about December 2002, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ANTHONY ROMANELLO, a/k/a "Rom," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person,



to wit, Victim-6, which consent was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, ROMANELLO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of force and economic harm to force Victim-6 to make payments to members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.) COUNT SEVENTEEN

(Conspiracy to Extort Victim-7)

The Grand Jury further charges:

45. From at least in or about January 2002, up to and including in or about December 2002, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ARTHUR NIGRO, a/k/a "Artie," and PASQUALE DELUCA, a/k/a "Scop," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, the owner and operator of a piece of commercial rental property involved in interstate commerce ("Victim-7"), which consent would have been



and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, NIGRO, DELUCA, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to use threats of economic harm and violence to force Victim-7 to rent a particular commercial property to members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, namely, NIGRO and DELUCA, at a below-market price.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.))

COUNT EIGHTEEN

(Attempt to Extort Victim-7)

The Grand Jury further charges:

46. From at least in or about January 2002, up to and including in or about December 2002, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, ARTHUR NIGRO, a/k/a "Artie," and PASQUALE DELUCA, a/k/a "Scop," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did commit extortion, and did attempt to commit extortion, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(2), by obtaining money and property from and with the consent of another person, to wit, Victim-7, which consent would have been and was induced by the wrongful use of actual and threatened force,



violence, and fear, and thereby would and did obstruct, delay, and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b)(3), to wit, NIGRO and DELUCA, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, used threats of economic harm and violence in an attempt to forceVictim-7 to rent a particular commercial property to members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, namely, NIGRO and DELUCA, at a below-market price.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2.))

COUNT NINETEEN

(Money Laundering)

The Grand Jury further charges:

47. From at least in or about January 2003, up through and including in or about December 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," and ALBERT FAELLA, the defendants, and others known and unknown, in an offense involving and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, knowing that the property involved in certain financial transactions represented the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, unlawfully,

willfully, and knowingly, did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to conduct such financial transactions which in fact involved the proceeds of specified



unlawful activity, to wit, loan sharking, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 892 and 894, extortion, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and the operation of an illegal gambling business, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1955, knowing that the transactions were designed in whole and in part to conceal and disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, and the control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, to wit, ARDITO, FIORINO, FAELLA, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family engaged in various financial transactions using the illegal proceeds of ARDITO's criminal activities, including loan sharking, extortion, and gambling, in order to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source and ownership of such proceeds.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sectionss
1956(a) (1) (B) (i) and (h).)

COUNT TWENTY

(Conspiracy to Tamper With Victim-4)

The Grand Jury further charges:

48. From in or about January 2004, up through and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a " Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," and VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly



combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, BALSAMO, LARCA, RUSSO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to corruptly persuade Victim-4 to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and testimony related to an assault on Victim-4 in which a portion of Victim-4's ear was bitten off by a member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and (k).))
COUNT TWENTY ONE

(Tampering With Victim-4)

The Grand Jury further charges:

49. From in or about January 2004, up through and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," and VINCENT RUSSO, a/k/a "Vinny," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly



did use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, and did attempt to do so, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a  law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, BALSAMO, LARCA, RUSSO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, corruptly persuaded Victim-4 to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and testimony related to an assault on Victim-4 in which a portion of Victim-4's ear was bitten off by a member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and 2.))

COUNT TWENTY TWO

(Conspiracy to Tamper With Victim-5)

The Grand Jury further charges:

50. From in or about Summer 2002, up through and including in or about October 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a " Barney Bellomo," JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and ALBERT FACCIANO, a/k/a "Chinky,"," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to use



intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, BELLOMO, ARDITO, FACCIANO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to locate Victim-5, a suspected cooperating witness, in order to prevent or otherwise influence Victim-5's testimony at a Federal criminal trial.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and (k).))

COUNT TWENTY THREE

(Attempt to Tamper With Victim-5)

The Grand Jury further charges:

51. From in or about Summer 2002, up through and including in or about October 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, a/k/a "Barney Bellomo," and JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and ALBERT FACCIANO, a/k/a "Chinky," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly did use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, and did attempt to do so, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement



officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, BELLOMO, ARDITO, FACCIANO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, attempted to locate Victim-5, a suspected cooperating witness, in order to prevent or otherwise influence Victim-5's testimony at a federal criminal trial.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and 2.))
COUNT TWENTY FOUR

(Conspiracy to Tamper With Victim-6)

The Grand Jury further charges:

52. From in or about 2004, up through and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and TOMAS TERRACIANO, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, TERRACIANO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, agreed to



corruptly persuade Victim-6 to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and testimony related to an extortion of Victim-6 by members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and (k).)

COUNT TWENTY FIVE

(Tampering With Victim-6)

The Grand Jury further charges:

53. From in or about 2004, up through and including in or about January 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," and TOMAS TERRACIANO, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly did use intimidation, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person, and did attempt to do so, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding, and to hinder, delay and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and judge of the United States of information relating to the commission and possible commission of a federal offense, to wit, ARDITO, TERRACIANO, and other members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, corruptly persuaded Victim-6 to withhold information from federal law enforcement officers and truthful testimony in an official proceeding, which information and



testimony related to an extortion of Victim-6 by members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b) and 2.))
COUNT TWENTY SIX

(Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice)

The Grand Jury further charges:

54. From in or about 2003, up through and including in or about January 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," and ALBERT FAELLA, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to corruptly obstruct, influence and impede an official proceeding, to wit, after learning of the Federal investigation of the scheme to launder the proceeds of ARDITO's criminal activities, ARDITO, FIORINO and FAELLA concocted a false and misleading story, and also created fraudulent documents, to provide to Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to inquiries regarding the money laundering scheme.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(c) and (k).))



COUNT TWENTY SEVEN

(Obstruction of Justice)

The Grand Jury further charges:

55.  From in or about 2003, up through and including in or about January 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," GERALD FIORINO, a/k/a "Jerry," and ALBERT FAELLA, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, knowingly and corruptly obstructed, influenced and impeded an official proceeding, and attempted to so do, to wit, after learning of the Federal investigation of the scheme to launder the proceeds of ARDITO's criminal activities, ARDITO, FIORINO and FAELLA concocted a false and misleading story, and also created fraudulent documents, to provide to Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to inquiries regarding the money laundering scheme. 

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(c) and 2.))

COUNT TWENTY EIGHT

(Labor Racketeering Conspiracy)

The Grand Jury further charges:

56.  At all times relevant to this Indictment, the International Union of Operating Engineers (the "I.U.O.E.") was a national labor union that represented operators of construction equipment. I.U.O.E. Local 15 ("Local 15") represented operators of certain construction equipment at construction sites within 



the five boroughs of New York City, including Manhattan and the Bronx.

57.  Local 15 was run by various union officers. The principal officer of Local 15 was the Business Manager, who is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day operations of the local. The Business Manager was assisted by Business Agents, each of whom was assigned a territory within the five boroughs of New York City and was responsible for ensuring that construction contractors complied with the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreements ("CBAs") at jobsites within their respective territories. Some of the CBAs entered into by Local 15 and the construction contractors required that under certain conditions the contractors must employ a foreman at a construction jobsite. The Foreman functions as a union job steward at a particular jobsite and was authorized to deal with employers having labor agreements with Local 15 on behalf of represented employees at that site concerning such employees' hours, wages, and working conditions. 

58.  From in or about October 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," and SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly, combined, conspired, confederated, and 



agreed together and with each other to violate Sections 1341 and1346 of Title 18, United States Code..

59. It was a part and an object of the conspiracy that JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," and SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly, having devised and intending to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud and for obtaining money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, for the purpose of executing such scheme and artifice and attempting so to do, would and did place in a post office and authorized depository for mail matter, matters and things to be sent and delivered by the Postal Service, and would and did cause to be delivered by mail according to the direction thereon, and at the place it was directed to be delivered by the person to whom it was addressed, such matters and things, to wit, ARDITO, BALSAMO, and LARCA devised a scheme whereby the members of Local 15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers would be deprived of the intangible right of honest services of certain of Local 15'selected officials, who acted at the direction of members and associates of the Genovese Family, in connection with the assignment of a Foreman at a Local 15 jobsite in Staten Island,



in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341 andd

1346.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.)

COUNT TWENTY NINE

(Labor Racketeering)

The Grand Jury further charges:

60.  Paragraphs 56 and 57 of this Indictment are realleged, repeated, and incorporated by reference herein. 

61.  From in or about October 2005, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN ARDITO, a/k/a "Buster," RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a " the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," and SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a/ "Sal," the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly, having devised and intending to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud and for obtaining money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, for the purpose of executing such scheme and artifice and attempting so to do, did place in a post office and authorized depository for mail matter, matters and things to be sent and delivered by the Postal Service, and caused to be delivered by mail according to the direction thereon, and at the place it was directed to be delivered by the person to whom it was addressed, such matters and things, to wit, ARDITO, BALSAMO, and LARCA devised a scheme whereby the members of Local15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers would be 



deprived of the intangible right of honest services of certain of Local 15's elected officials, who acted at the direction of members and associates of the Genovese Family, in connection with the assignment of a Foreman at a Local 15 jobsite in Staten Island.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341, 1346 and 2.))
COUNT THIRTY

(Illegal Gambling)

62. From at least in or about December 1999, up through and including in or about April 2001, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," the defendant, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed, and owned all and part of an illegal gambling business, namely, a large-scale bookmaking and sports betting operation, in violation of New York State Penal Law Sections 225.00 and 225.10, and which business involved five and more persons who conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed, and owned all and part of it, and which business had been and remained in substantially continuous operation for a period in excess of thirty days and had gross revenues of $2,000 in a single day.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1955 and 2.))



COUNT THIRTY ONE

(Illegal Gambling)

The Grand Jury further charges:

63.  From in or about January 2000, up through and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JAMES PISACANO and JOSEPH PISACANO, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed, and owned all and part of an illegal gambling business, namely, a large-scale bookmaking and sports betting operation, in violation of New York State Penal Law Sections 225.00 and 225.10, and which business involved five and more persons who conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed, and owned all and part of it, and which business had been and remained in substantially continuous operation for a period in excess of thirty days and had gross revenues of $2,000 in a single day. 

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1955 and 2.))
COUNT THIRTY TWO

(False Statements to Government Officials)

The Grand Jury further charges:

64.  On or about October 15, 2004, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a department and agency in the executive branch of the Government of the 



United States, WALTER GALIANO, the defendant, did unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly falsify, conceal, and cover up by trick, scheme, and device a material fact, and make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation, to wit, in response to questions from Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning a Federal investigation of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, GALIANO falsely told the agents that, among other things, certain individuals, who were members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, were not involved in a meeting regarding a business dispute between GALIANO and another individual that took place at a restaurant in the Bronx, New York.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.))

COUNT THIRTY THREE

(False Statements to Government Officials)

The Grand Jury further charges:

65. On or about November 12, 2004, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a department and agency in the executive branch of the Government of the United States, CLAUDIO CAPONIGRO, a/k/a "Claudio the Barber," the defendant, did unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly falsify, conceal, and cover up by trick, scheme, and device a material fact, and make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent



statement and representation, to wit, in response to questions from Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning a Federal investigation of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, CAPONIGRO falsely told the agents that, among other things, he did not recognize photographs of certain individuals, who were members and associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, that were shown to CAPONIGRO on that day.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.)

COUNT THIRTY FOUR

(False Statements to Government Officials)

The Grand Jury further charges:

66. On or about June 9, 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a department and agency in the executive branch of the Government of the United States, ANTHONY NEGRI, SR., the defendant, did unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly falsify, conceal, and cover up by trick, scheme, and device a material fact, and make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation, to wit, in response to questions from Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning a Federal investigation of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, NEGRI falsely told the agents that, among other things, NEGRI did not ask anyone to have a certain individual, a member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family,



reinstated to the individual's former construction job after that individual had been terminated following an assault committed by the individual at the job site.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.))
COUNT THIRTY FIVE

(Narcotics Conspiracy)

The Grand Jury further charges:

67.  From in or about April 2005, up to and including on or about December 5, 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," ANDREW SHEA, JOHN TOMERO, JOSEPH DEROSA, JOSEPH LANZA, RAYMOND DELAROSA, a/k/a "Spider," DOMINICK BRUNO, VINCENT RENDINO, a/k/a "Pinchy," ERIC CMIEL, LOUIS GRILLO, a/k/a "Louie Gatts," MARK FIORE, a/k/a "Choda," and SAMUEL LOPEZ, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate and agree together and with each other to violate the narcotics laws of the United States. 

68.  It was a part and an object of the conspiracy that RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," ANDREW SHEA, JOHN TOMERO, JOSEPH DEROSA, JOSEPH LANZA, RAYMOND DELAROSA, a/k/a "Spider," DOMINICK BRUNO, VINCENT RENDINO, a/k/a "Pinchy," ERIC CMIEL, LOUIS GRILLO, a/k/a "Louie Gatts," MARK FIORE, a/k/a :Choda,"," and SAMUEL LOPEZ, the defendants, and others known and 



unknown, would and did distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, to wit, five kilograms and more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, in violation of Sections 812, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(A) of Title 21, United States Code.

Overt Acts

69. In furtherance of said conspiracy and to effect the illegal object thereof, the following overt acts, among others, were committed in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere:

a.   On or about May 26, 2005, BRUNO had a telephone conversation with a customer in which BRUNO agreed to get cocaine for the customer from a co-conspirator not named as a defendant herein ("CC-1"). 

b.   On or about June 13, 2005, RENDINO spoke to CC-1 about how much cocaine RENDINO had in his possession to distribute to customers. ;

c.           On or about July 13, 2005, CC-1 called DELAROSA and directed DELAROSA to bring cocaine to another individual. 

d.   On or about July 23, 2005, GRILLO had a telephone conversation with CC-1 regarding the compensation that GRILLO would receive for distributing cocaine. 



e.   On or about July 30, 2005, CC-1 called LOPEZ and directed LOPEZ to bring cocaine to another individual. ;

f.   On or about August 6, 2005, CC-l called DEROSA and discussed payments that DEROSA owed to CC-1 for prior cocaine purchases that DEROSA had made from CC-1. 

g.   On or about August 6, 2005, FIORE had a telephone conversation with CC-1 regarding the compensation there FIORE would receive for distributing cocaine. 

h.   On or about August 28, 2005, CMIEL had a telephone conversation with another individual regarding the distribution of cocaine by CMIEL to that individual. 

i.   On or about September 14, 2005, LANZA had a telephone conversation with a cocaine customer regarding the distribution of cocaine by LANZA to that customer. ;

J-   On or about October 3, 2005, CC-1 went to TOMERO's residence in the Bronx, New York, in order to pay TOMERO money for prior cocaine purchases that CC-1 had made from TOMERO.

k.   On or about November 8, 2005, SHEA had a telephone conversation with CC-1 regarding the distribution of cocaine to a customer.

1.   On or about November 29, 2005, BALSAMO attempted to collect money from CC-1 in BALSAMO's role as a supervisor of CC-1's cocaine distribution activities.



m.   On or about December 5, 2005, TOMERO possessed approximately one kilogram of cocaine at his residence in the Bronx, New York.

(Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.))

COUNT THIRTY SIX

(Narcotics Distribution)

The Grand Jury further charges:

70.  In or about December 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN TOMERO, the defendant, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly did distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, to wit, approximately one kilogram of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. 

(Title 21, United States Code, Sections 812, 841(a)(1) and 841(b) (1) (B) , and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.))

COUNT THIRTY SEVEN

(Narcotics Distribution)

The Grand Jury further charges:

71.  In or about December 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JOHN TOMERO, the defendant, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly did distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, to wit, mixtures and substances containing detectable amounts of 



anabolic steroids..

(Title 21, United States Code, Sections 812, 841(a)(1) and 841(b) (1) (D) , and Title 18,United States Code, Section 2.)

COUNT THIRTY EIGHT

(Possession of a Firearm in Relation to Drug Trafficking) The Grand Jury further charges:

72.  In or about December 2005, in the Southern District of New York, JOHN TOMERO, the defendant, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly, during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime for which he may be prosecuted in a court of the United States, to wit, the offenses charged in Counts Thirty Five, Thirty Six, and Thirty Seven of this Indictment, did use and carry a firearm, and, in furtherance of such crime, did possess a firearm, to wit, a .380 caliber Walther firearm. 

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c)(1)(A)(i) and 2.))

COUNT THIRTY NINE

(Possession of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence) The Grand Jury further charges:

73.  From in or about 2003, up to and including in or about February 2006, in the Southern District of New York, RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," and SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," the defendants, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly, during and in relation to a crime of violence for 



wit, the racketeering offense charged in Count One of this Indictment, did use and carry a firearm, and, in furtherance of such crime, did possess a firearm.

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c)(1)(A)(i) and 2.))
COUNT FORTY

(Conspiracy to Traffic in Firearms)

The Grand Jury further charges:

74.  From in or about August 2005, up to and including in or about October 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "Skully," a/k/a "the Undertaker," SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," ANDREW SHEA, and SAMUEL LOPEZ, the defendants, and others known and unknown, unlawfully, willfully and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate and agree together and with each other to violate Section 922(a)(1)(A) of Title 18, United States Code. 

75.  It was a part and an object of said conspiracy that RALPH BALSAMO, a/k/a "the Undertaker," a/k/a "Skully," SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," ANDREW SHEA, and SAMUEL LOPEZ, the defendants, and others known and unknown, not being licensed importers, licensed manufacturers and licensed dealers of firearms, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly, would and did engage in the business of importing, manufacturing and dealing in firearms and in the course of such business, would and did ship, transport, and receive firearms in interstate and foreign 



commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section922 (a) (1) (A) ..

Overt Acts

76. In furtherance of said conspiracy and to effect the illegal object thereof, the following overt acts, among others, were committed in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere:

a.   On or about September 21, 2005, in the Bronx, New York, CC-1 met with BALSAMO and LARCA to obtain from BALSAMO and LARCA a Glock, model 17, 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol. ;

b.   On or about September 22, 2005, SHEA, in a telephone conversation with CC-1, discussed with CC-1 the same Glock, 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol, which SHEA later received from CC-1. 

c.  On or about September 30, 2005, LOPEZ, in a telephone conversation with CC-1, discussed with CC-1 a second Glock, model 17, 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol that LOPEZ agreed to sell to CC-1. ;

d.  On or about October 4, 2005, CC-1 delivered a Glock, model 17, 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol to LARCA. (Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.) 



COUNT FORTY ONEE

(Unlawful Trafficking in Firearms)

The Grand Jury further charges:

77.  From in or about September 2005, up to and including in or about October 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, SAMUEL LOPEZ, the defendant, not being a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer and licensed dealer of firearms, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly, did engage in the business of importing, manufacturing and dealing in firearms, and in the course of such business, did ship, transport, and receive a firearm in interstate and foreign commerce, to wit, LOPEZ sold, among other firearms, a Glock, model 17, 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol to CC-1 and a Glock, Model 17, 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol to SHEA. 

(Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(1)(A) and 2.))
COUNT FORTY TWO

(Possession of a Firearm by a Felon)

The Grand Jury further charges:

78. On or about October 4, 2005, in the Southern District of New York, SALVATORE LARCA, a/k/a "Sal," the defendant, after having been convicted in a court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, to wit, a conviction, on or about August 29, 1989, for criminal 



possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony, in New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County, unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly did possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm, to wit, a Glock, model 17, 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol, which previously had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).)

FOREPERSON

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United States Attorney



UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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LIBORIO S. BELLOMO, JOHN ARDITO,

RALPH BALSAMO, SALVATORE LARCA, GERALD FIORINO, VINCENT RUSSO,

ALBERT TRANQUILLO, JR.

LOUIS MOSCATIELLO, ARTHUR NIGRO,

PASQUALE DELUCA, ANTHONY ROMANELLO, ALBERT FACCIANO, PASQUALE SPERDUTO, ANGELO AQUILLINO, TOMAS TERRACIANO, JAMES PISACANO, JOSEPH PISACANO, WALTER GALIANO, CLAUDIO CAPONIGRO, ANTHONY NEGRI, SR., ALBERT FAELLA, ANDREW SHEA,

JOHN TOMERO,

JOSEPH DEROSA, JOSEPH LANZA,

RAYMOND DELAROSA, DOMINICK BRUNO, VINCENT RENDINO, ERIC CMIEL,

LOUIS GRILLO,

MARK FIORE, and SAMUEL LOPEZ,

Defendants..

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MICHAEL J. GARCIA



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