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World New York mob boss arrested, charged in racketeering case

02:46  15 september  2021
02:46  15 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

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The arrests included Andrew “Mush” Russo, the octogenarian boss of the family, and Benjamin “Benji” Castellazzo, the underboss. Others arrested include the family’s consigliere, captains, a soldier and associates. The Colombo crime family is the youngest of what was once the “Five Families” that The charges relate to various schemes in a 20-year effort by the family to “infiltrate and take control of a Queens-based labor union … and its affiliated health care benefit program that provides medical benefits … to the members of the Labor Union, and to a conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with

The NYPD and FBI arrested a dozen alleged mobsters, including a reputed Colombo crime family boss , early Tuesday on charges connected to healthcare fraud allegations and union-related corruption, law enforcement sources said. A 13th arrest is imminent and one defendant remains at large, according to a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation. Nine of the defendants are allegedly associated with the Colombo crime family, which is the youngest of five families said to dominate organized crime in the New York City area.

The reputed crime boss of one of New York's historic Italian mafia families and several alleged members were arrested Tuesday and charged in a massive racketeering case brought by prosecutors.

The indictment, filed in federal court by the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, accuses 10 members of the Colombo family of multiple crimes including extortion and money laundering.

"The underbelly of the crime families in New York City is alive and well," FBI official Michael Driscoll said in a statement.

Andrew "Mush" Russo, the 87-year-old reputed boss of the Colombo family, his number two Benjamin Castellazzo, 83, and consigliere Ralph DiMatteo were among a total of 14 people charged, prosecutors said.

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The boss and underboss of New York City’s infamous Colombo crime family were among more than a dozen people arrested Tuesday morning in connection with allegations of corruption and healthcare fraud, Fox News has learned. Of the 14 people indicted, 12 were arrested Tuesday in New York and New Jersey, and another was picked up in North Carolina, officials said. The 14th person, Colombo consigliere Ralph DiMatteo, was being sought as of the afternoon. Charges against them range from labor racketeering and loansharking, conspiracy, fraud and drug trafficking, officials said.

Esposito and four other reputed Genovese mobsters were charged in a long-running racketeering scheme that the feds say involves “multiple acts” of extortion and other crimes between 2001 and 2017. But the feds also found a real mafia no-no in his basement, what old-time wiseguys might have called an “infamnia” — a n actual list of “made members of La Cosa Nostra , ” the prosecutor said. The dumb-fella move harks back to the hand-written, two-page list of mobsters kept by fellow mob scion John “Junior” Gotti, who carefully recorded how much cash each one gave him at his lavish 1990

Russo and Castellazzo were arrested Tuesday and were scheduled to be arraigned in a Brooklyn court virtual proceeding later in the day. DiMatteo remains at large, prosecutors said.

They are accused of an effort to infiltrate and take control of a labor union, including by getting their hands on its medical benefits fund.

The Colombo family is one of five major Italian-American mob organizations in the northeastern United States.

The others are the Genovese, Lucchese, Gambino and Bonanno families.

The entire administration of the Colombo crime family, including Russo and Castellazzo, already pleaded guilty to a variety of mobster activities in 2012.

Russo, convicted of crimes on seven occasions, was last released from prison in 2013.

The New York mafia has been weakened by several blows in recent years, including arrests, fratricidal struggles and competition from other criminal organizations, but they are still considered active.

The reputed boss of the Gambino clan, "Frank" Cali, was shot and killed outside his home in the New York borough of Staten Island in March 2019.

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