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Thursday, January 20, 2011

FBI Rounding Up over 100 (127) Mobsters in Biggest Mafia Bust in New York History

NOTE:  The latest number is 127 from ABC News the number Mobsters who have been indicted:
Federal authorities today announced what they called the largest mob roundup in FBI history: the indictment of 127 people, including key Mafia figures from the New York, New Jersey and New England crime families, on charges ranging from murder and racketeering to gambling, extortion and loan-sharking.

About 800 law enforcement members from the FBI, Secret Service, the U.S. Labor Department and state and local law enforcement had arrested more than 110 people by late morning as part of 16 indictments filed in different jurisdictions. The indictments were aimed at all five New York crime families -- the Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno and Luchese families -- along with the New England Patriarca family and the New Jersey Decavalcante family.

First thought that popped into my mind when I saw this was the union slowdown of snow removal which made zero sense. Since the Mafia is heavily into unions, it is a logical conclusion. The snow removal made zero sense because the workers live in New York as well but with Mafia involved, there must have been big money to be made by local contractors. Interesting that the five New York Mafia families are still going strong after all these years.

You may be asking yourself, why I would post a Mafia bust story, but married into an Italian family. Raised in small town Ohio and imagine my shock to visit my future in-laws in New York, then wake-up early in the morning to meet my future husband's 'Godfather' who was coming over. When he got to the house, he was taking money from my boyfriend's Dad when my boyfriend said "why don't you pick three horses and I will bet $28" -- remember it like yesterday and it was well over 30 years ago. Knew nothing about horse racing but I picked three horses in a trifecta (didn't know what that was either), and I won $120 which seemed like a lot of money. His Dad wanted to know my secret, and he tells him that she liked the names because she has never been to a horse race and knows nothing about them.

Later I asked him what Vincent did for a living because my mind was racing thinking this was mafia (had read the Godfather book) and trying to convince myself I was going overboard. He said he works in a barber shop and is a numbers runner for the Buffalo mob -- goes from house to house collecting bets every morning as horses are racing somewhere. Vincent was Sicilian and by this time I am starting to freak out that I had won money from a bookie.

After we were married and had our first daughter, we went to Florida for a graduation when all these people kept visiting my brother-in-law and they would go in the back room. He was Sicilian so my first thought was Mafia and then decided I had seen the Godfather too many times. It turned out that he did taxes for some members of the local Mafia. At that point, I wanted to go back to Ohio.

You could say I became paranoid when visiting his family and you would be right although his immediate family were not Sicilian and not connected. Can still remember my mother-in-law calling them the 'Black Hand' and refusing to use the word Mafia. When I saw this story this morning, I had to wonder if any members of the family were involved. After all these years I am still paranoid!

This was a huge bust aimed at all the crime families of the area so who blew the whistle and who has the most to gain by all these arrests. Most likely another group of mobsters will spring up to take their place in the families as has happened for years or is there another group of people that want to take over the Mafia controlled unions?

Wonder if any politicians will be tainted by this raid since the Mafia for years has bought off politicians who could help them? Maybe being Italian is out of date and another ethic group plans to move in on the territory.

We will be watching to find out just what was behind this raid that could have happened any time. After finding out Holder was involved, why did the raid happen the day the House votes to repeal Obamacare? Took repeal of Obamacare off the news in New York and surrounding states. Wouldn't put it past this Administration to schedule the raids for the day the House votes to Repeal.

FBI Rounding Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest Mafia Bust in New York History Charges range from gambling to racketeering to murderBy JONATHAN DIENST
Updated 9:16 AM EST, Thu, Jan 20, 2011

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The FBI calls it the biggest mafia round-up in New York history. More than 100 suspected mobsters are being arrested this morning in connection with numerous federal investigations into New York area mob groups as first reported on NBCNewYork.com.

FBI agents along with NYPD and State Police officers, and US Marshals were conducting raids that began in the early morning hours. Federal charges are expected to range from gambling to racketeering to murder.

Law-enforcement officials said members and associates of all five New York mafia families - as well as New Jersey's DeCavalcante family - are among those being arrested.

The arrest operations stretch across the tri-state area with many of the suspects being processed in Brooklyn. Attorney General Eric Holder is flying up from Washington to take part in the official announcement. U.S. Attorneys Loretta Lynch, Preet Bharara along with FBI New York Director Janice Fedarcyk and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly are expected to announce details of the federal charges at an 11 am news conference.

With more than 100 arrests expected, officials said the charges this day surpass the large 2008 mafia raids where 80-plus suspected members of organized crime were charged.

At that time, John 'Jackie the Nose' D'Amico and other reputed leaders of the Gambino crime family were targeted in the U.S. while Italian authorities conducted simultaneous raids on mafia groups there.

FBI officials have said organized crime is still active in New York's construction industry. Labor union corruption, loansharking and gambling among the other schemes run by the mob.

FBI officials did officially confirm the arrests.

"Early this morning FBI Agents along with our law enforcement partners began arresting over 100 organized crime members for various criminal charges," said Diego Rodriguez of the FBI New York office. "Additional information will be available at the U.S. Attorney's offices later today."

Officials said significant leaders and associates of the Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Bonanno, Colombo and DeCavalcante families among those being arrested.

Source: NBC New York

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