Bulger Companion Pleads Guilty to Criminal Contempt Charge

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bulger Companion Pleads Guilty to Criminal Contempt Charge

BOSTON – Catherine Greig, the longtime companion of convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury.  The investigation centered on whether others assisted her and Bulger during the 16 years they were fugitives from justice.
Ms. Greig, 64, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt.  U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV scheduled sentencing for April 28, 2016.
Greig is currently serving an eight year sentence for her 2012 conviction of identity fraud and harboring James J. Bulger.
The charge of criminal contempt provides for a sentence or no greater than life in prison to be served subsequent to her current eight-year prison sentence and a fine.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary B. Murrane of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.



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Goons mistook beating target for son of Melrose Park mayor, feds say


WRITTEN BY JON SEIDEL 

George Brown allegedly boasted his goon had no problem “breakin’ somebody’s legs.”
But when he and Paul Carparelli began to plot a “f—— thorough beating” for used-car dealer R. J. Serpico in Melrose Park, the feds say, Brown had a concern: He thought Serpico was the son of Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico.
Brown was wrong. But he warned Carparelli the mayor might “run” to alleged mob bosses Pete and John DiFronzo, according to records filed in federal court Thursday. Or, as Brown called them, “Uncle Pete and Uncle John.”
“This has just got a special set of circumstances,” Brown allegedly said.
Federal prosecutors revealed that detail in paperwork they filed seeking a prison sentence of as high as six years for Michael “Mickey” Davis. A jury convicted Davis, 58, in June of extortion and attempted extortion. The feds accused him of ordering R.J. Serpico’s “break-both-legs beating” to collect on a $300,000 debt.
Davis is set to be sentenced Tuesday. His attorneys have asked for a sentence of as little as 13 months for a man they claim has a “genuine concern for the well-being of others, willingness to help those in need, and generous spirit.”
R.J. Serpico is the nephew of the Melrose Park mayor. The DiFronzos have business ties in Melrose Park, and a spokesman for the mayor acknowledged the mayor is aware of the brothers. But the spokesman denied there is any connection between the case, the mayor’s relative, the DiFronzos or their business endeavors.
The looming, broad-shouldered Davis approached R.J. Serpico in the office of his Melrose Park used car dealership in January 2013, months after loaning R.J. Serpico and his father $300,000 according to trial testimony.
Davis dropped a sheet of gambling debts owed by R.J. Serpico’s father down on the desk and said, “this wasn’t the f—— agreement,” Serpico testified. R.J. Serpico said Davis leaned back and asked, “how my wife and my kids were, and if I still lived in Park Ridge.” Serpico said he took it as a threat.
R.J. Serpico vomited often because of his fear of Davis, according to prosecutors. They said that fear was fueled not only by that conversation, but by Davis’ alleged association with Pete DiFronzo.
The feds say Davis arranged for Serpico’s beating by contacting Gigi Rovito, who recruited Carparelli, who sought out Brown. Carparelli allegedly told Brown the person seeking the beating was “Mickey,” adding that person was “Solly D’s” — an apparent reference to Chicago Outfit member Salvatore DeLaurentis.
Brown wound up cooperating with the feds. Carparelli pleaded guilty in May to three counts of conspiracy to commit extortion in a separate case, and he is set to be sentenced Dec. 21.



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Bonanno goon back in jail for consorting with mobsters


Alleged “Goodfella” Vinny Asaro, acquitted last year in the infamous Lufthansa heist — might be free as a bird, but his hapless Bonanno nephew isn’t so lucky.
Ronald Giallanzo — whose “Death Before Dishonor” tattoo was shown to jurors at his uncle’s trial last year — was tossed in jail last week after violating his supervised release by yapping with known hoodlums, The Post has learned.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis remanded Giallanzo, of Howard Beach, and two other Bonanno goons Thursday for repeatedly consorting with known family convicts in an attempt to resuscitate the hobbled crime organization.
Giallanzo will appear in court at a later date.




Police target illegal gambling machines during raids on Italian social clubs, cafes in Toronto area


ADRIAN HUMPHREYS | January 14, 2016

Tyler Anderson/National PostMafia bosses and members have a long history of using cafes or social clubs as meeting places and hangouts. Above, the Moka Espresso Bar & Gelato in Woodbridge, home to an illegal gambling operation, where two people were shot dead last June.
TORONTO — A special anti-organized crime unit in Ontario is conducting a series of coordinated raids on Italian social clubs and cafes in Toronto and York region, Thursday, seizing illegal gambling machines, cash and making 15 arrests.
Although the raids are part of ongoing illegal video gaming machine probes, the momentum behind the search warrants is violence associated with organized crime often linked to the illegal gambling establishments, police said.
Dubbed Project Oeider and run by the RCMP-led Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, police searched 11 cafes or social clubs and one home in a joint operation with the Ontario Provincial Police’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Illegal Gaming Unit and the Toronto Police Service.
Seventy-four illegal gaming machines were seized and 15 people were arrested, with three arrest warrants outstanding, police said.

According to police, gaming machines were seized from the following premises:
 Via Consenza Bar Café, 14 MacKay Ave., Toronto
 1248 Café, 1248 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
 Capri Café, 1703 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
 York Centre Café, 2408 Dufferin St., Toronto
 Azzurri Social Club, 2184 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto
 Per Tutti Café, 1988 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto
 Tre-Sette Social Club, 1974 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto
 In Tre Café, 351 Marlee Ave., Toronto
 Cafe 513, 513 Marlee Ave., Toronto
 Prima Tazza Sports Bar, 1310 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
 Cafe Corretto, 120 Winges Rd., Vaughan

RCMP handoutSome 74 machines were seized.
The machines, similar to slot machines at casinos, allow customers to gamble without government sanction, often in the backrooms of cafes or social clubs. Typically, only known, regular customers are allowed to play for money on the machines.
Approximately $200,000 is cash was also seized. The names of those charged have not been released pending police file the information in court.
It is likely the arrests targeted the “keepers” at each establishment, the people deemed responsible for deciding who is trusted enough to play for money, paying out any winnings and collecting, or reporting for other collectors, from those falling into debt. It also seems likely a distributor of the machines to the clubs, perhaps even one person or group who supplied all of the machines, was targeted, perhaps accounting for the presence of a home on the list of raid targets.
Over recent years there has been a marked increase in serious acts of violence, including targeted murders, at such establishments’
The presence of organized crime groups brings an element of criminality to our communities that is not acceptable. Illegal gaming lines the pockets of organized crime groups and puts our citizens at risk,” said Supt. Keith Finn, Officer in Charge of CFSEU and Serious and Organized Crime in the GTA.
Cafes or social clubs that house illegal gaming machines have far too often been a focal point in criminal investigations associated to organized crime,” said Sgt. Penny Hermann, an RCMP spokeswoman. “Over recent years there has been a marked increase in serious acts of violence, including targeted murders, at such establishments.
Criminal violence, sometimes unreported in any formal complaint to police, also flows from the illicit gaming occurring within. Illegal gaming machines are a major source of revenue for organized crime groups and this revenue facilitates further criminal activities that pose a pervasive threat to Canadian communities.”
The raids are designed to nip the flow of money from the machines to the mob.
 Although there have been a number of high-profile shootings and arsons in recent months at or near cafes or social clubs that are frequented by mobsters, Hermann said the raids are not specifically linked to the investigation of those incidents.
Mafia bosses and members have a long history of using cafes or social clubs as meeting places and hangouts, often using them as a headquarters for their activities.
In Toronto, Carmine Verduci, 56, a mobster described as a transatlantic go-between for gangsters in Italy and Canada was shot dead outside Regina Sports Café in Woodbridge in 2014. Last June, two people were shot dead at Moka Espresso Bar & Gelato in Woodbridge, home to an illegal gambling operation, police said.
In November, Grotteria Social Club in Woodbridge was firebombed. Its owner has long been linked to the Mafia and over decades police watched a who’s who of mobsters meeting and greeting at the club.
In Montreal, the Rizzuto Mafia family used a café named after the Sicilian hometown they are originally from as a headquarters.
Last year the Charbonneau commission into corruption in the construction industry of Quebec showed secretly recorded police video surveillance inside the café of the leaders of the Montreal Mafia meeting major construction company bosses who passed over large wads of cash. The mobsters are then seen dividing it up and stuffing it into their pockets or into their socks.
After Montreal’s powerful Mafia boss, Vito Rizzuto, was arrested, the first public signs of an underworld revolt were a series of firebombings targeting mob-linked cafés.

EXCLUSIVE: Mob boss rebuilding what's left of Bonanno crime family


BY JOHN MARZULLI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Mob Boss Rebuilding What's Left of Bonanno Crime Family
NY Daily News

He's got the worst job in organized crime, but somebody’s gotta do it.
Meet Joseph Cammarano Jr., the top banana on the street for the beleaguered Bonanno crime family — or what’s left of it.
Cammarano has been anointed acting underboss, a federal prosecutor revealed in Brooklyn Federal Court last week at the arraignment of three Bonanno gangsters, but sources say he wears a second hat as the crime family’s street boss, too.
Cammarano’s promotion has the blessing of the Bonannos’ jailed official boss, Michael (Mikey Nose) Mancuso, sources said.
Despite the setbacks the crime family has endured over the last decade, sources say cutting off the heads hasn’t killed the beast.

 It’s clear they’re trying to rebuild,” a law enforcement source told the Daily News.
But, with an FBI target on his back, Cammarano probably doesn’t have much time to make his mark.
His father, one-time underboss Joseph Cammarano Sr., died in prison in September 2013 while serving time for a gangland murder. The family has had a succession of at least six bosses since Joseph Massino was arrested in 2003 and decided to become the highest-ranking mob rat in history. Ever since then, the family has been infested with informants and cooperators.
Cammarano Jr. “is a unique man,” defense lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio wrote to a judge in a 2007 extortion case. “He is defined by his sense of selflessness, his strong commitment to family and his endless contributions to his country and community.”
Despite the praise, the mobster was convicted of strong-arming a Colombo mob wiseguy. He served out his 27-month sentence in prison.
Known as Joe C. Jr., the 56-year-old Cammarano grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, joined the Navy after graduating from high school and served on a nuclear submarine in an elite patrol unit that conducted classified missions.
His wife, Angela, is the daughter of Bonanno soldier Vito Grimaldi, who owns Grimaldi Bakery in Queens.
While he was in the can on the prior case, Cammarano and his wife “both miss(ed) the mundane aspects of their relationship like sharing tea at the end of the day,” court papers revealed.
The couple lives in a modest home in Glen Cove, L.I.

Scarfo friend sentenced to 30 months for racketeering



Barbara Boyer, STAFF WRITER

John Parisi had been a law-abiding citizen most of his life. He had also been a close friend of reputed mobster Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia organized crime boss "Little Nicky."
In 2007, Parisi's life began unraveling after his friendship with Scarfo turned into a business relationship that scammed millions from a Texas-based financial institution that was forced into bankruptcy.
On Tuesday, Parisi, 54, of Atlantic City, appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden, asking for leniency from Judge Robert Kugler. He faced a prison term of 46 months.
"I'm truly sorry," Parisi said at his sentencing, promising that he was done with crime. "You'll never see me here again."
Kugler cut Parisi a break, sentencing him to serve 30 months, followed by two years of supervision. He also ordered $14 million in restitution, but waived some fines, noting that Parisi did not have the means to pay.
"This is a very serious crime," Kugler said. "A lot of people were affected because of this crime."
Parisi, in addition to 12 others, was indicted for a conspiracy that took over FirstPlus Financial Group Inc., replacing the board with choices of their own who channeled money from July 2007 to April 2008 to the Lucchese crime family.
Scarfo, identified as the group's leader, was sentenced to 30 years in July, when Kugler described the mobster as the man who ruled with an "iron fist." Scarfo and others extorted the millions to buy an $850,000 yacht, a luxury home, a Bentley, and expensive jewelry. Scarfo and other defendants have also been ordered to contribute to the $14 million restitution ordered by Kugler.
At that time, Scarfo left the court in shackles, smiling.
It was a striking contrast to Tuesday's hearing, as Parisi struggled to stand because of poor health. He was described by his federal public defender, Lisa Evans Lewis, as the person who earned a salary for managing money transfers of "hundreds of thousands" for the others, specifically Scarfo, who was his friend and a cousin.
Lewis said Scarfo manipulated Parisi, who had no criminal history or even an arrest. Parisi had a steady work history with various jobs, and raised money for the March of Dimes and volunteered to help the organization, Lewis said.
Among the letters sent to the judge on Parisi's behalf was one from a Vietnam veteran who described having no money when Parisi gave him a job he desperately needed.
Lewis asked that the judge consider probation, rather than prison, partly because Parisi is in poor health and requires treatment for a heart condition, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and other issues.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D'Aguanno acknowledged Parisi's medical needs, which he said the federal Bureau of Prisons could properly address. The prosecutor asked that the judge stay within sentencing guidelines of 37 to 46 months, saying Parisi served an essential role in the conspiracy, and was not a "flunky" among the group as previously described in court.
In fact, D'Aguanno said, Parisi was so close to Scarfo that he was with the mobster in 1989 when he was shot.
"He chose to go along with Scarfo," D'Aguanno said.
Kugler, who presided at Scarfo's six-month trial in 2014, said the conspiracy would have failed without Parisi's help initiating money transfers. Still, the judge noted, Parisi was otherwise crime-free and had showed "exemplary" behavior while under supervised release since he posted bail.
The judge agreed that Parisi - who appeared in court without friends or family present - - could remain free on bail, and surrender on or after March 9 as decided by the Bureau of Prisons.
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'A nod from Korshak, and Vegas shuts down': Sidney Korshak had an A-list of clients, but his true power arose from organized crime




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On January 20, 1996, Sidney Korshak, a lawyer who parlayed his knowledge of the law into avoiding arrest or indictment while carrying on a profitable career in U.S. organized crime, died, at the age of 88. In the first of a series of investigative pieces about him, in 1976, The New York Times noted that, “To scores of Federal, state and local law enforcement officials, Mr. Korshak is the most important link between organized crime and legitimate business.”
With his role as lawyer to some of the nation’s biggest labor unions, his reputation among the Chicago mafia as “our man,” and his connections in the entertainment and hotel industries, Korshak became known as a “fixer,” someone who could make seemingly impossible deals materialize, and the threat of crippling strikes magically evaporate.
Writing about his close friend in his 1994 memoir, former Paramount Pictures chief Robert Evans put it like this: "Let's just say that a nod from Korshak, and the teamsters change management. A nod from Korshak, and Santa Anita [racetrack] closes. A nod from Korshak, and Vegas shuts down. A nod from Korshak, and the Dodgers can suddenly play night baseball."

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Sidney Roy Korshak was born on June 6, 1907, in Chicago. His father, Harry Korshak, was a Kiev-born Jew who had succeeded as a building contractor in Chicago. His mother was the former Rebecca Beatrice Lashkovitz, born in Odessa.
Sidney’s older brother, Theodore, became a small-time Chicago criminal and drug addict, who died in obscurity in 1971. His younger brother, Marshall, also became a lawyer, but he went on to a career in Chicago politics and in the Illinois state senate, which was at least nominally different from a career in organized crime.
Growing up in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, Sidney attended  the Theodore Herzl elementary school, Marshall High School, the University of Wisconsin (where he was a boxing champion), and DePaul University, where he obtained his law degree in 1930.
Within months, Korshak was defending members of Al Capone’s crime syndicate. When necessary, he would arrange for a judge to be paid off so as to guarantee the desired verdict. Additionally, as one former Chicago judge told the New York Times, “Sidney always had contact with high-class girls. Not your $50 girl, but girls costing $250 or more."
It was Korshak too, according to a source interviewed by The Times, who arranged for Senator Estes Kefauver, who had come to Chicago in 1952 to take testimony for his organized-crime commission, to be entrapped by a prostitute (and a hidden camera) at the Drake Hotel. Confronted with the images, Kefauver hurriedly left town without hearing a single witness.
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Korshak’s secret strength was his ability to mediate between his legitimate clients - which included Hilton and Hyatt, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Max Factor and General Dynamics - and the crime organizations and powerful labor unions with which he was involved.
It was he, for example who organized all of the pension funds of the huge Teamsters labor union under a single roof. He then used the truck drivers’ collected retirement savings as a private bank for off-the-books loans to the film industry and the burgeoning hotel scene in Las Vegas. It was not out of graciousness that Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa famously vacated the presidential suite at the Riviera Hotel in Vegas for Korshak, when the latter arrived for a conclave of Teamsters lawyers in 1961.
And, according to long piece in Vanity Fair that ran shortly after Korshak’s death, he was the man who made the phone call to MGM owner Kirk Kerkorian that convinced him that is studio should release actor Al Pacino from another film so that he could appear in Paramount’s “Godfather.” Korshak had reportedly asked Kerkorian, a hotel magnate, if he really wanted to get construction on his next hotel finished.
Sidney Korshak died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home, just one day after his younger brother, Marshall, died in Chicago, at age 85.
David B. Green is a Haaretz Contributor