The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York yesterday unsealed a 17-count indictment against the acting boss and the underboss of the Colombo Crime Family, as well as 10 additional Colombo Family members and associates. The indictment charges racketeering conspiracy, including four acts of murder, robbery, extortion, narcotics trafficking and loansharking.
Prosecutors said the indictment was the result of a three-year investigation into Colombo Family activities.
Those charged in the indictment were:
- Reputed boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli, 55;
- Reputed underboss John "Sonny" Franzese, 89;
- Reputed "captain" Dino Calabro, 41;
- Michael Catapano, 42;
- Frank Campione, 65;
- Joseph "Joey Caves" Competiello, 36;
- Joseph DiGorga, 67;
- Orlando Spado, 63;
- Angelo Giangrande, 55;
- John Capolino, 39;
- Nicholas Bova, 31;
- Christopher Curanovic, 26.
The indictment refers to four specific murders. It charges Calabro with the Jan. 9, 1992, armed robbery and felony murder of armored truck guard Carlos Pagan. It charges Gioeli and Calabro jointly with the March 25, 1992, double-murder of Colombo family soldier John Minerva and Minerva's friend Michael Imbergamo. It also charged Gioeli, Calabro and Colombo soldier Competiello with the June 12, 1991, retaliation murder of Frank Marasa.
If convicted of the charges against them, Gioeli, Calabro, Competiello, Spado and Curanovic face possible life imprisonment. Catapano faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Franzese, Campione, DiGorga, Giangrande and Capolino face possible 20-year sentences.