Sunday, April 13, 2008

NJ rounds up 45 linked to Genovese Family

New Jersey State Police, the East Rutherford NJ Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have rounded up 45 people accused of gambling and drug distribution and believed to be operating in concert with the Genovese Crime Family, according to a story by Mark J. Bonamo of the Hackensack Chronicle. The arrests were made in raids beginning early in the morning of March 25.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli indicated at a press conference that the leaders of the group were Genovese associates. He named the following men as leaders:

  • Mark Iafelice, 49, of Edgewater;
  • Brian DiGuilmi, 48, of Emerson;
  • James W. Skinner, 69, of Allenwood;
  • James J. Skinner (James W.'s son), 40, of Hazlet.
According to Molinelli, the arrests were the result of an investigation that began in August 2007 with an informant's description of a gambling enterprise in and around Bergen County. The gambling ring, which made use of an offshore "wire room" in the Dominican Republic, is believed to have generated $1 million a month. During the raids, police seized $5 million, at least five pounds of marijuana and five vehicles.

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