Thursday, February 28, 2008

Eight Lucchese members, associates indicted

Eight alleged members and associates of the Lucchese Crime Family were charged today with racketeering crimes, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

An indictment unsealed this morning in Brooklyn federal court named Domenico "Danny" Cutaia (left), 71, an "acting captain" in the crime family. It named Michael "Mikey Bones" Corcione, 67, John Baudanza (Domenico Cutaia's son-in-law), 38, and Salvatore Cutaia, 48, as made members - soldiers - of the organization. Those four defendants, along with alleged crime family associates Steven LaPella, 45, and Victor Sperber, 57, were charged with racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and other crimes.

Alleged associates Louis Colello, 64, and John Rodopolous, 46, were charged with extortion and illegal gambling, respectively.

If convicted, Domenico Cutaia, Baudanza and Sperber face maximum prison terms of 30 years, Salvatore Cutaia, Colello, Corcione and LaPella face possible 20-year terms, and Rodopolous could be sentenced up to five years. Prosecutors are also seeking financial forfeitures, including Baudanza's home.

Plea deals offered to 60 New York mob defendants

Federal prosecutors have offered plea deals to all but two of the 62 people arrested in Feb. 7 raids directed against alleged members of the Gambino Crime Family, according to stories by the Associated Press and John Marzulli of the New York Daily News. Only Charles Carneglia and Nicholas Corozzo were excluded.

Reputed Gambino Family lieutenant Corozzo remains at large. He is charged with racketeering-related murder. He was also indicted for extortion and gambling offenses. Carneglia, reputed soldier in the crime family, is accused of five killings through three decades. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Letters containing the plea offers were passed out to defendants at yesterday's hearing in Brooklyn's federal court. A complete list of defendants in the case, as assembled by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, is shown below:











































JOSEPH AGATE,
Age: 60

VINCENT AMARANTE,
Age: 60

JEROME BRANCATO,
Age: 76

THOMAS CACCIOPOLI,
Age: 58

FRANK CALI,
Age: 42

NICHOLAS CALVO,
Age: 52

CHARLES CARNEGLIA,
Age: 61

JOSEPH CASIERE,
Age: 72

MARIO CASSARINO,
Age: 42

DOMENICO CEFALU,
Age: 61

JOSEPH CHIRICO,
Age: 63

JOSEPH COROZZO,
Age: 66

NICHOLAS COROZZO,
Age: 67

GINO CRACOLICI,
Age: 56

JOHN D’AMICO,
Age: 73

SARAH DAURIA,
Age: 33

VINCENT DECONGILIO,
Age:

ANTHONY DELVESCOVO
Age: 51

LEONARD DIMARIA,
Age: 66

VINCENT DONNIS,
Age: 38

VINCENT DRAGONETTI,
Age: 43

ROBERT EPIFANIA,
Age: 60

CODY FARRELL,
Age: 29

RUSSELL FERRISI,
Age: 41 :

LOUIS FILIPPELLI,
Age: 41

RONALD FLAM,
Age: 35

JOSEPH GAGGI,
Age: 45

ABID GHANI,
Age: 42

ANTHONY GIAMMARINO,
Age: 56

RICHARD G. GOTTI,
Age: 40

VINCENT GOTTI,
Age: 55

ERNEST GRILLO,
Age: 51

CHRISTOPHER HOWARD,
Age:

STEVEN IARIA,
Age: 43

EDDIE JAMES,
Age: 49

JOHN KASGORGIS,
Age:

WILLIAM KILGANNON,
Age: 49

MICHAEL KING,
Age: 41

ANTHONY LICATA,
Age: 39

LOUIS MOSCA,
Age: 62

LANCE MOSKOWITZ,
Age:54

ANTHONY O’DONNELL,
Age: 43

JAMES OUTERIE,
Age: 54

VINCENT PACELLI,
Age: 64

JOHN PISANO,
Age: 49

TODD POLAKOFF,
Age: 30

GUILIO POMPONIO,
Age: 45

RICHARD RANIERI,
Age: 51

JOHN REGIS,
Age: 27

JERRY ROMANO,
Age: 49

ANGELO RUGGIERO, JR.,
Age: 35

STEVEN SABELLA,
Age: 41

ANTHONY SCIBELLI,
Age: 57

AUGUSTUS SCLAFANI,
Age: 67

JOSEPH SCOPO,
Age: 31

WILLIAM SCOTTO,
Age: 40

EDWARD SOBOL,
Age: 41

JOSEPH SPINNATO,
Age: 42

MICHAEL URCIUOLI,
Age: 46

FRANK VASSALLO,
Age: 38

TARA VEGA,
Age: 35

ARTHUR ZAGARI,
Age: 60




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