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Friday, June 07, 2024

Gambino Crime Family Targeted in Illegal Gambling and Loansharking Bust #NewYork #Mafia

The New York State Attorney General's Office unsealed an indictment on Wednesday charging 17 individuals, including alleged members of the notorious Gambino crime family, with participating in lucrative illegal gambling and loansharking operations.

The indictment alleges that the individuals were involved in a sports gambling operation that received over $22.7 million in illicit bets and a loansharking operation that brought in about $500,000 in usurious loans. The charges include enterprise corruption, criminal usury, and promoting gambling.

Among those arrested are alleged Gambino soldiers John Laforte, Anthony Cinque Jr., John Matera, and associates Edward Laforte, Frederick Falcone Sr., Giulio Pomponio, and Daniel Bogan.

Attorney General Letitia James stated, "Illegal gambling and loan sharking schemes are some of the oldest rackets in the mob's playbook. While organized crime may still be active in New York, today we are putting several Gambino family members out of business."

This indictment is the latest operation targeting alleged members and associates of the Gambino crime family, one of the most notorious criminal organizations in America.

Thursday, March 07, 2024

The Rise and Fall of a 'Casino' Mobster: The Tony Spilotro Story Through a Hitman's Eyes by Frank Cullotta & Dennis N Griffin

"The Rise and Fall of a 'Casino' Mobster" is a riveting exploration of the tumultuous life of Tony Spilotro, the infamous mobster associated with the Chicago Outfit, told through the eyes of his former hitman, Frank Cullotta. Co-authored by Dennis N. Griffin, this collaboration provides a unique and authentic perspective on the organized crime scene, particularly during the era immortalized in Nicholas Pileggi's "Casino."

The Rise and Fall of a
Casino Mobster
The narrative commences with a vivid depiction of Spilotro's early life, tracing his ascent within the ranks of the Chicago Outfit. From his roots in the Windy City to his eventual dominion over the Las Vegas casino scene, the book unveils the complex layers of Spilotro's character. Frank Cullotta, intimately acquainted with Spilotro's world, shares an insider's view, offering readers an unfiltered glimpse into the dark underbelly of organized crime.

What distinguishes this book is its unapologetic tone. Cullotta, without reservation, lays bare the brutality and treachery inherent in the criminal underworld. The narrative is punctuated with anecdotes, personal reflections, and a palpable sense of remorse, providing readers with a multifaceted understanding of the choices made in the pursuit of power and wealth.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in its unflinching portrayal of the violence and ruthlessness of organized crime. Cullotta doesn't romanticize the mob lifestyle; instead, he underscores its grim reality. The visceral accounts of criminal exploits, orchestrated hits, and power struggles create a gritty and authentic atmosphere, immersing the reader in the high-stakes world of the Chicago Outfit.

The collaboration between Cullotta and Griffin seamlessly weaves together the broader historical context of organized crime in Chicago and Las Vegas with the personal narratives of Spilotro and Cullotta. This dual perspective enriches the narrative, offering a comprehensive understanding of the characters and the sociopolitical landscape that shaped their destinies.

Tony Spilotro emerges as a complex and enigmatic figure in the book. From his early days as a proficient enforcer to his pivotal role in overseeing the mob's operations in Las Vegas, the authors delve into the intricacies of his character. The narrative explores his relationships, alliances, and the factors that ultimately contributed to his downfall. Spilotro is portrayed not just as a ruthless criminal but as a man with strengths, weaknesses, and a magnetic charisma that left an indelible mark on those around him.

Cullotta's storytelling prowess is evident throughout the book. His first-hand accounts of criminal activities and the inner workings of the mob create an aura of authenticity. The narrative strikes a delicate balance, seamlessly alternating between action-packed sequences that propel the plot forward and reflective moments that humanize the characters, allowing readers to connect with their struggles and vulnerabilities.

While the book provides a gripping and immersive narrative, it also prompts ethical contemplation. By presenting the story without explicit moral judgments, the authors allow readers to form their own opinions about the characters and the consequences of their choices. This approach adds layers of complexity to the narrative, challenging readers to grapple with the ethical implications of the criminal lifestyle depicted.

In conclusion, "The Rise and Fall of a 'Casino' Mobster" stands as a compelling and authentic exploration of Tony Spilotro's life and the intricacies of organized crime. Frank Cullotta's insider perspective, combined with Dennis N. Griffin's adept co-authorship, creates a narrative that is both informative and captivating. This book is a must-read for those fascinated by true crime and the historical landscape of organized crime in America, providing a nuanced portrayal of the individuals who shaped an era.

The Rise and Fall of a Casino Mobster: The Tony Spilotro Story through a Hitmans's Eyes.

Friday, March 01, 2024

Vincent Ricciardo, AKA, Vinny Unions, a Reputed Mobster as a Captain in the Colombo Crime Family, Gets 4 years Prison for Extorting NYC Labor Union #NewYorkCity

A Mafia member was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in federal prison for his role in a long-running scheme in which he and others extorted funds from a New York City labor union, federal prosecutors said.

Vincent Ricciardo, a captain in Colombo crime family, was also ordered to pay $350,000 in forfeiture and $280,890 in restitution by a Brooklyn court judge.

Ricciardo, who is also known as “Vinny Unions,” pleaded guilty to racketeering last July for his participation in the labor union extortion as well as money laundering, loansharking, fraud and other mob schemes.

Lawyers for Ricciardo didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.

Breon Peace, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York, said in a statement that the sentence holds Ricciardo “accountable” for his participation in a wide range of Mafia crimes.

“This prosecution represents our continued commitment to combatting organized crime and prosecuting the individuals who seek to enrich themselves at the expense of hardworking union members and their employers,” he said.

The extortion scheme involved death threats, phony payments and other hallmarks of Mafia-type shakedowns seen in movies.

Prosecutors say it started in 2001, when Ricciardo started squeezing a senior official with a Queens-based construction union to fork over a portion of his salary.

Russo and other Colombo leaders then concocted a plan to force the union to make decisions beneficial to the crime family, including driving contracts to vendors associated with the family, prosecutors said.

In one recorded conversation, Ricciardo even threatened to kill the union official in front of his family if he didn’t comply.

“You laugh all you want pal, I’m not afraid to go to jail,” he said, according to prosecutors.

Ricciardo is the tenth defendant sentenced in connection with the union scheme, according to Peace’s office. Four others still await sentencing.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Inside by Scott Hoffman #TheChicagoOutfit #TheChicagoWay #Mafia

Inside, by Scott M. Hoffman is an intriguing work detailing the internal workings of the Outfit, an organized crime family, which originated on the South Side of Chicago during prohibition and rose to power in the 1920s. The Outfit has been involved in a wide variety of criminal activities including gambling, loan-sharking, prostitution, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, labor racketeering, adult and child pornography, political corruption, and murder. The individuals and events in Inside are composites of real people and real events.

Inside, begins in 1956 with Jimmy Williams, a 47-year-old man with two families-his wife and two children and the Outfit. He's a good man, a good husband, and a good father, while, at the same time, he is a physically powerful man who is well respected as a consigliere in the Outfit. He keeps his two lives separated, to the point his wife is unaware of what he does.

The story is written from the perspective of Jimmy's son Bobby who, from the age of 8 begins to accompany his father on Outfit business. Jimmy wants him to know what "the life" is like in order for Bobby to decide if this is the future he wants for himself. Take this remarkable journey with Bobby. Will he follow in his father's footsteps or choose another path?

Inside by Scott Hoffman.

Inside by Scott M. Hoffman

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Crypto Gambinos - Redefining NFT Projects with a Touch of Mafia Culture #Crypto

Crypto Gambinos
NFT Projects with a Touch of Mafia Culture

Crypto Gambinos, an innovative NFT project merging Web3 technology with the allure of Mafia history and movies, is poised to become the next big phenomenon in the crypto space. With its unique concept and ambitious roadmap, Crypto Gambinos is not just about NFTs; it's about building a thriving ecosystem for its community.

Inspired by the Mob/Mafia culture, Crypto Gambinos aims to offer more than just NFTs. The project's developer, driven by a passion for Web3 and Mafia lore, envisions a comprehensive ecosystem that includes its own token and casino. The $TOKEN will serve as a governance tool for community decisions and as an in-game currency within the family's businesses, such as online games.

One of the standout features of Crypto Gambinos is its commitment to rewarding token holders. A percentage of profits generated by the family's businesses will be distributed among token holders as dividends. Additionally, selling tokens incurs a tax, mimicking the concept of leaving the Mafia, with proceeds going back into the family trust for redistribution.

The project has already achieved significant milestones, including the launch of its website, social media channels, and community platforms. Currently, it is focused on Phase 2 of marketing and the highly anticipated reveal of the $TOKEN. Future plans include a token airdrop for all NFT holders and the initiation of voting for the family's first business venture.

What sets Crypto Gambinos apart is its self-sufficiency and determination. With a team running their own bitcoin exchange and proudly self-funded, the project exudes strength and independence. The community-driven approach ensures that decisions are made collectively, further reinforcing the project's vision and values.

As Crypto Gambinos continues to unfold its roadmap and engage its community, it invites crypto enthusiasts and NFT collectors to join the family and be part of a revolution in the digital space


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