A Genovese criminal family officer known as “Joe Fish” was snared in a mafia betting ring takedown, alongside a police investigator and a few different mobsters, the federal authorities said Tuesday.
Family trooper Joseph Marcario was accused of four Genovese associates and three individuals from the Bonanno family for maintaining the wagering business from inside real Queens and Long Island organizations across the last 10 years, the Brooklyn U.S. Lawyer’s office reported.
Analyst Hector Rosario, 49, of Mineola, L.I., was likewise accused of taking money from the Bonannos as a trade-off for organizing strikes against contending unlawful wagering parlors — incorporating one situated in an opponent Genovese-run shoe fix outlet, court papers showed.
“The defendants tried to hide their criminal activities from behind the cover of a coffee bar, a soccer club, and a shoe repair store, but our office and our law enforcement partners exposed their illegal operations,” said U.S. Lawyer Breon Peace in reporting the captures.
“Even more disturbing is the shameful conduct of a detective who betrayed his oath of office … when he allegedly aligned himself with criminals,” Peace said.
Court archives showed the two coordinated criminal families, in an uncommon game plan, teamed up on gathering some $10,000 in week-by-week wagers at the “Gran Caffe” café in Lynbrook, L.I.
Genovese acting capo Carmelo “Carmine” Polito was moreover accused of working an unlawful internet wagering activity where lowlife players confronted a beatdown or more awful.
“Tell him I’m going to put him under the f—–g bridge,” Polito advised a partner to caution one debt holder in 2019, the court papers charged.
As per specialists, Genovese litigant Joseph “Joe Box” Rutigliano, 63, of Commack, L.I., was the only one of the suspects to stay away from capture in the Tuesday clear and he stayed on the lam.
Rutigliano was recognized as the pack person for the family’s illegal income, gathering the cash with co-respondent Salvatore “Sal the Shoemaker” Rubino, 58, and conveying the money to higher-positioning individuals.
Bonanno litigant Vito Pipitone, 40, was captured in Wellington, Fla., while his more established sibling “Little Anthony” Pipitone, 49, of Deer Park, L.I., was busted locally in the activity where the money was laundered through secret cash moves, specialists said.
Litigant Agostino Gabriele, 35, of Queens, got the money for the Bonanno higher-ups, specialists charged.
Rosario, under addressing by the FBI, gave misleading data in denying any association with the Bonanno family, the court papers charged.
Notwithstanding the common bistro activity, the two families family ran their betting caves, generally in nearby friendly clubs.
The proof collected by investigators included court-requested wiretaps, declarations from coordinating observers, and actual proof, police said.,
“This case is further proof that organized crime is alive and well,” said Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly. “These violent criminal organizations operated secret underground gambling parlors in local commercial establishments. Assisted by a sworn member of law enforcement.”
Last April, a Florida-based Genovese family chief, and five partners were caught on racketeering charges for running old illegal gambling activity where losing bettors were confronted with blackmail or dangers of brutality.