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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT= U. S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
6, 2000 MARVIN SMILON, HERBERT HADAD
A,. VALIQUETTE

PRESS RELEASE

MARY JO WHITE, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and HARRY MAWN, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York
Office of the FBI, announced the unsealing today in Manhattan federal court of an indictment charging six defendants, including the three members of the Luchese Organized Crime Family's "Construction Panel', -- ANTHONY PEZZULLO, a/k/a "Razor," a/k/a "Razorhead," PHILLIP DESIMONE,. a/k/a "Philly," and JOSEPH DATELLO, a/k/a "Big Joe," a/k/a "Joey Glasses," -- in connection with criminal activities of the
Luchese Family in the New York City construction industry. The
charges in the six-count Indictment include conspiracy to commit

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extortion, wire fraud and loan sharking,

PEZZULLO, DESIMONE, and DATELLO are alleged to have comprised the Luchese Family's Construction Panel, whose purpose was to oversee Luchese Family interests in the New York City construction industry, since at least the mid-199os. The Indictment also alleges that JOSEPH ARTHUR ZAMBARDI, who is a Luchese made-member, arid ANDREW REYNOLDS assisted the construction Panel in the supervision of the illicit labor peace arrangements and extortionate demands in the construction industry. ANTHONY RUCERETO was charged with wire fraud in connection with a sheet rock contract.

In particular, the indictment alleges that, fox many years, the Luchese Construction Panel has been involved in, among other things, the. following: (1) securing contracts for contractors associated with the Luchese Family either by bid-rigging, force or other illegal means; (2) providing "labor peace" for contractors associated with the Luchese Family by intervening on a contractor's behalf with various construction-related unions either by force, intimidation, or illicit payments to corrupt union officials; (3) extorting construction contractors by requiring them to pay money to the Luchese Family in exchange for being allowed to obtain or perform certain construction work; (4) assisting contractors associated with the Luchese Family in the collection of money owed by other companies to such contractors from construction jobs; (5) settling disputes that arose with other La Cosa Nostra Families

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in connection with the construction activities of contractors associated with the Luchese Family; and (6) ensuring that the illegal proceeds obtained from contractors in connection with the abovereferenced activities were properly distributed to the Luchese hierarchy. It is further alleged that PEZZULLO was removed from the Construction Panel in mid-1998,

Among the criminal acts charged in the Indictment is a bid-rigging scheme in connection with sheetrock work performed by S&S Contracting Company in 1998 at the Park Central Hotel in Manhattan. Specifically, DATELLO, and RUCERETO, a representative of S&S Contracting Company, are charged with wire fraud relating to that company being awarded the sheetrock work for renovations at the Park Central Hotel at a fraudulently inflated bid of approximately $5 million in exchange for a cash kickback to a representative of the construction management company supervising the renovation project.

The indictment further charges PEZZULLO, DESIMONE, DATELLO, ZAMBARDI and REYNOLDS with conspiracy to commit extortion of union officials and construction companies on behalf of a masonry company called Commercial Brick. PEZZULLO and ZAMBARDI also are charged with, conspiracy to extort union officials on behalf of the operators of DIBA Construction and Grand Train Construction. Finally, DATELLO is charged with making and collecting an extortionate extension of credit from 1997 through 1999.

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If convicted of these charges, the defendants face maximum jail sentences on the various counts ranging from 5 years to 20 years in prison. A complete summary of the charges and maximum penalties is attached below.

PEZZULLO, 52, lives in Elmsford, New York.

DESIMONE, 53, lives in port Lee, New Jersey.

DATELLO, 49, lives in Staten Island, New York.

ZAMBARDI, 52, lives in the Bronx, New York.

REYNOLDS,51,lives in Staten Island, New York.

RUCERETO, (age not available), lives in Blairstown, New Jersey.

Ms. WHITE stated: "Organized crime has had an extortionate grip over legitimate business in the construction industry for many years. This Indictment, charging four members of the Luchese crime Family including the entire Luchese Construction Panel in connection with criminal activity in the construction industry, represents an important step in law enforcement's efforts to end organized crime's extortionate influence and control over this industry."

Mr. MAWN stated: "The court papers unsealed today describe an all-toofamiliar laundry list of criminal activities in which organized crime engages in its constant effort to infiltrate and control legitimate businesses and industries. Hid-rigging, intimidation, extortion and bribes to corrupt union officials are the mob's tools of the trade. This investigation

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confirms once again that the mob is far from dead and that the entire law enforcement community must maintain its perseverance in its efforts to reduce the influence of organized crime."

Ms. WHITE praised the outstanding efforts of the FBI in connection with this investigation.

Assistant United States Attorneys JOSEPH F. BIANCO and KEVIN S. REED are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 00-139

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SUMMARY OF CHARGES AND MAXIMUM, SENTENCES


Defendant

                  Charge No. of counts Maximum Penalty 

                  per count

ANTHONY PEZZULLO Extortion 2
20 years

                  Conspiracy


PHILLIP DESIMONE Extortion 1
20 years

                  Conspiracy


JOSEPH DATELLO Extortion 1
20 years

                  Conspiracy


                  Wire Fraud 1 5 years


                  Wire Fraud 1 5 years


                  Conspiracy


                  Making an 1 20 years


                  Extortionate


                  Extension of


                  Credit


                  Collecting an 1 20 years


                  Extortionate


Extension of
Credit
JOSEPH ARTHUR ZAMBARDI            Extortion

     


    2 40 years


                  Conspiracy


ANDREW REYNOLDS Extortion 1
20 years

                  Conspiracy


ANTHONY RUCERETO Wire Fraud
1 5 years
Wire Fraud 1 5 years

                  Conspiracy


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