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United States Attorney

Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

 

MARVIN SMILON, HERBERT'HADAD

OCTOBER 19, 2000

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

 

(212) 637-2600

 

DAVID N."KELLEY

 

(-212) 637-1025

 

JOHN M. HILLEHRECHT

 

(212) 637-2262

 

LISA P. KOROLOGOS

 

(212) 637-2477

 

BARBARA A. WARD

 

(212) 637-1048

 

_FBI

 

JOSEPH A. VALIQUETTE

 

JAMES M. MARGOLIN

 

(212).384-2715, 2720

 

NYPD

 

THOMAS ANTENEN

 

(212) 374-6700

 

 

'PRESS RELEASE”

 

MARY JO WHITE, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, BARRY W. MAWN, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the F8T, and New York City Police Commissioner BERNARD B. KERIK announced today the unsealing of a 12-count Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court charging 12 defendants, including virtually the entire ruling hierarchy of the Decavalcante Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra, with wide-ranging racketeering and other charges relating to five murders, conspiracies to murder eight other

 


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individuals, securities fraud, loansharking, gambling, extortion, and obstruction of justice.

The Indictment, representing the culmination of a three-year investigation, charges GIOVANNI RIGGI, a/k/a "john Riggi," who is incarcerated and the alleged boss of the Family, STEFANO VITAHILE, who is the alleged "consiglierell or counselor of the Family, as well as two alleged members of the Family's three-member "ruling panel" -- GIROLAMO PALERMO and CHARLES MAJURI -- who allegedly served as acting bosses in the absence of the jailed RIGGI.

The indictment also charges two alleged "capos" or captains, PHILIP AHRAMO and FRANCESCO POLIZZI, who are alleged to have controlled a crew of soldiers and associates and directly supervised their criminal activities. In addition, the indictment charges three alleged soldiers, LOUIS CONSALVO, GREGORY RAGO, and ANTHONY MANNARINO, as well as three alleged associates, FRANK D'AMATO, BERNARD NiCASTRO, and FMK SCARABIN0, with the commission of various criminal activities in connection with the DeCavalcante Family.

The third alleged memher of the Ruling Panel, VINCENT PALERMO, and two alleged capos, ANTHONY ROTONDO and JOSEPH GIACOHHE, were previously charged in connection with three indictments filed on December 2, 1999, along with 35 defendants, including members and associates of the Decavalcante Family and four other La Cosa Nostra families.


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'             The Indictment unsealed today charges that the

 

Decavalcante Family is an organized criminal group based in New Jersey that operates several crews in New York. The Indictment charges that the Decavalcante family engaged in a widespread pattern of racketeering including 16 separate acts of racketeering, such as murders and conspiracies to commit murder, extortion, loansharking, the operation of an illegal bookmaking network, and conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The defendants are also alleged to have engaged in their racketeering activities with members and associates of other New York-based organized crime families.

 

Of the 12 defendants charged in the indictment, 11 were arrested today and one is still being sought.

The charges grew out of a three-year investigation by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, and the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering.

 

The Indictment charges that the following defendants occupied the following positions in the Decavalcante Family and committed the alleged criminal activity as summarized below:

 

(1)  GIOVANNI RIGGI, a/k/a "John Riggi," a/k/a "Uncle John," a/k/a "The Eagle", the Boss of the Decavalcante LCN Family. Although RIGGI has been incarcerated since 1990, the indictment alleges that he has continued in his position as Boss of the Decavalcante LCN Family and has continued to direct its criminal operations from his prison cell by


 

 

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sending out messages to other members oŁ the Decavalcante LCN Family, including (among other things) orders that individuals be killed, dictates relating to the Decavalcante LCN Family's internal organization, and instructions relating to the Decavalcante LCN Family's use of its long-held control over certain unions to extort "kickbacks" from numerous contractors in the construction industry. Among RIGGI's criminal activities were participation in three homicides, two additional conspiracies to murder, the extortion of money from various businesses, and the obstruction of justice (through,

among other things, conspiring with members

of other LCN Families to bribe a member of

the jury which heard his 1990 District of New

Jersey racketeering prosecution, acquitting

him on the major charges).

 

(2)  GIROLAMO PALERMO, a/k/a "Jimmy Palermo," an acting Boss on the ruling panel of the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among PALERMO's criminal activities were participation in two conspiracies to commit murder and the extortion of money from various businesses.

 

(3)  CHARLES MAJURI, an acting Boss on the ruling panel of'the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among MAJURI's criminal activities were participation in a conspiracy to murder, the collection of extortionate extensions of credit ("loans harking"), an illegal bookmaking business, and the extortion of money from various businesses.

 

(4)  STEFANO VITABILE, a/k/a "Steve Vitabile," the Consigliere or counselor of the Decavalcante LCN Family. VITABILE's criminal activities included participation in two homicides, numerous conspiracies to murder, and the extortion of money from various businesses.

 

(5)  PHILIP ABRAMO, a Capo in the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among ABRAMO's criminal activities were participation in three homicides, two conspiracies to murder, a conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and loansharking.


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(6)  FRANCESCO POLIZZI, a/k/a "Frank Polizzi," a

     Capo in the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among

     POLIZZI's criminal activities were

     participation in three conspiracies to commit

     murder and loansharking.

 

(7)  LOUIS CONSALVO, a/k/a "Louie Eggs," a Soldier in the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among CONSALVO's criminal activities were participation in a homicide, loansharking, the operation of an illegal bookmaking business and a conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

 

(8)  GREGORY RAGO, a Soldier in the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among RAGO'S criminal activities were participation in a homicide, loansharking and the operation of an illegal bookmaking business.

 

(9)  FRANK D'AMATO, an Associate in the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among D'AMATO's criminal activities were participation in loansharking and the operation of an illegal bookmaking business.

 

(10) BERNARD NiCASTRO, an Associate in the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among NiCASTRO'S criminal activities were participation in a homicide and loansharking.

 

(11) FRANK SCARABINO, a/k/a "Franky the Beast," an Associate in the Decavalcante LCN Family. Among SCARABINO's criminal activities were participation in a homicide, two conspiracies to murder, loansharking and the operation of an illegal bookmaking business.

 

(7.2) ANTHONY MANNARINO, a/k/a "Marshmallow," an alleged soldier in a crew based in Florida, with obstruction of justice.

 

The Indictment also seeks the forfeiture to the United States of approximately $20 million, representing the proceeds of

 


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the alleged acts of racketeering, including the homes of the racketeering defendants as substitute assets.

 

The defendants are scheduled to be presented before United States Chief Magistrate Judge FRANK MAAS in Manhattan Federal court today.

 

Ms. WHITE stated; "The Decavalcante Organized Crime Family is one of the oldest and most entrenched La Cosa Nostra Families in the nation. These charges represent the first time that the Decavalcante Family's top leadership has been charged with such broad racketeering activity, including numerous acts of violence. In our continuing effort to eradicate the corrupt , influence of all of La Cosa Nostra throughout the metropolitan area, the effect of this prosecution will be to dismantle the leadership of the Decavalcante Family and significantly diminish the Family's power base in New York and New Jersey,"

 

Mr. MAWN stated: "The arrests of the Boss, the Acting Bosses, the Consiglieri and several powerful Capos, will have a crippling effect on the Decavalcante Family's ability to operate. The effects of this investigation will not be limited just to the Decavalcante Family but also to several of the New York-based organized crime families with which the Decavalcantes dealt. The fallout from this investigation will not be limited to this one organized crime family."

 

Commissioner KERIK stated; "This investigation effectively wipes out the CEO and Hoard of Directors of the Decavalcante crime family and stands as testament to the

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intensive coordination and cooperation that exists between the agencies represented here today. Too often the movies and TV end up glorifying the actions of organized crime figures to the point. of making them likeable characters. The truth is, there is nothing likeable about murder, racketeering and extortion and thanks to these dedicated law enforcement professionals, today that message was delivered loud and clear."

 

Ms. WHITE praised the outstanding investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of investigation, including both the New York and New Jersey Field Offices, the New York City Police Department, and the United States Department of Labor, Office of

Labor Racketeering, in this investigation.

 

Assistant United States Attorneys JOHN M, HILLEBRECHT

and LISA P. KOROLOGOS are in charge of the prosecution, and  Assistant United States Attorney BARBARA A. WARD is in charge of the forfeiture aspect of case.

 

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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                     United States v. John Riggi et al., 00 Cr. 1118

 

Defendant and

Charges

No. Of

Statutory

Alleged Role

 

Counts

Maximum

 

 

 

Sentence

John Riggi -

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

Life on each

Boss

predicate acts including three murders, two murder

 

count

 

conspiracies, extortion and obstruction of justice jury

 

 

 

tampering))

 

 

John Riggi-Boss

Section 1951 extortion conspiracy

1

20 years

 

 

 

 

Girolamo

Racketeering, and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

20 years on

Palermo -

predicate acts including two murder conspiracies and

 

each count

Acting Boss on

extortion)

 

 

Ruling Panel

 

 

 

Girolama Palermo-

Section 1951 extortion conspiracy

1

20 years

Acting Boss on

 

 

 

RulingPanel

 

 

 

*********

*************************

****

****

Charles Majuri

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

20 years on

Acting Boss

predicate acts including one murder conspiracy,

 

each count

on Ruling

extortion, gambling and loansharking);

 

 

Panel

 

 

 

Charles Majuri-

Section 1951 extortion conspiracy

1

20 years

Acting Boss on

 

 

 

Ruling Panel

 

 

 

Charles Majuri-

Loansharking

3

20 years

Acting Boss on

 

 

 

Rtding Panal

 

 

each count

Charles Majuri-

Gambling

1

5 years

Acting Boss on

 

 

 

Ruling Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stefano

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

Life on each

Vitabile -

predicate acts including two murders, six murder

 

count

Consigliere

conspiracies and extortion)

 

 

Stefano Virabile-

Section 1959(a)(5) Conspiracies to Murder

4

10 years

Consigliere

 

 

 

 

 

 

each count

Stefano Virabile-

Section 1951 Extortion Conspiracy

1

20 years

Consigliere

 

 

 

 

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********

Philip Abramo

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

Life on each

- Capo

predicate acts including three murders, two murder

 

count

 

conspiracies, loansharking and securities fraud)

 

 

Philip Abramo-

Loansharking

3

20

Capo

 

 

years

 

 

 

each count

**********

*********************************

 

*********

Francesco

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

20 years on

Polizzi - Capo

predicate acts including three murder conspiracies and

 

each count

.

 

 

 

 

Section 1959(a)(5) Conspiracies to Murder

3

10

 

 

 

years

 

 

 

each count

Francesco Polizzi

 Capo

Loansharking

3

20 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

each count

********

*************************

****

 

Anthony

Obstruction of justice

1

10 years

Mannarino ..-

 

 

 

Soldier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Consalvo

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

Life on each

--Soldier

predicate acts including one murder, gambling,

 

count

 

loansharking and securities fraud)

 

 

Louis Consalvo-

Loansharking

3

20 years

Soldier

 

 

each count

 

 

 

 

Louis Consalvo-

Gambling

1

 

Soldier

 

 

5 years

***********

*************

*******

**********

Gregory Rago 

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

Life on each

Soldier

predicate acts including one murder, gambling, and

 

count

 

loansharking)

 

 

Gregory Rago-

Loansharking

3

20

Soldier

 

 

years

 

 

 

each count

Gregory Rago-

Soldier

Gambling

1

5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Frank

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

20 Years on

D'Amato --

predicate acts including gambling, and loansharking)

 

each count

Associate

 

 

 

Frank D’Amato-

Loansharking

3

20 years

Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

each count

FrankD'Amato-

Gambling

1

5 years

Associate

 

 

 

***********

*****************

*********

**********

Bernard

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

Life on

NiCastro --

predicate acts including one murder and loansharking)

 

each count

Associate

 

 

 

Bernard NiCastro--

Loansharking

3

20 years

Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

each count

*************

***********************

********

*********

Frank

Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy (with

2

Life on each

Scarabino --

predicate acts including one murder, two murder

 

count

Associate

conspiracies, gambling„ and loansharking)

 

 

Frank Scarabino-

Loansharking

3

20 years

Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

each count

Frank Scarabino-

Gambling

1

5

Associate

 

 

years

 

 

 

John Riggi, 75, resided in Linden, New Jersey, prior to his incarceration

Girolamo Palermo, 62, resides in Ortley Beach, New Jersey

Charles Majuri, 59, resides in Linden, New Jersey

Stefano Vitabile, 64, resides in Englishtown, New Jersey

Plulip Abramo, 55, resided in Saddlebrook, New Jersey, prior to his incarceration

Francesco Polizzi, 65, resides in Nutley, New Jersey

Anthony Mannarino, 55, resides in Boca Raton, Florida

Louis Consalvo, 43, resides in Old Bridge, New Jersey

Gregory Rago, 41, resides in Bayonne, New Jersey

Frank D'Amato, 54, resides in Fort Lee, New Jersey

Bernard NiCastro, 66, resides in West Palm Beach, Florida

Frank Scarabino, 44, resides in Staten Island, New York

 

 

 

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