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Federal grand jury indicts Merokean for extortion and loan-sharking

A federal grand jury last week charged Luca DiMatteo, 70, of Merrick, with extortion, loan-sharking and racketeering conspiracy. The indictment accuses DiMatteo of serving as an acting captain in the Colombo crime family, one of New York’s five Mafia families.
DiMatteo was charged alongside his nephew, Luca “Lukey” DiMatteo, 46, of Brooklyn, and another man, John Shields, also known as Scott Greco, 46, of Atlantic Beach. The DiMatteos extorted a business owner for more than 10 years, squeezing him for $100 to $200 every other week until he closed the business in June, said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The indictment covers January 2009 to June 2015. Uncle and nephew also engaged in loan-sharking and racketeering conspiracy, Currie said.
Lukey and Shields were also charged with running an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn, Currie said.
Luca and Shields were arraigned on July 16 at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, where Lukey was also scheduled to be arraigned on July 17.
A news release from Currie’s office described the elder DiMatteo as a long-time Colombo soldier who “for several years” has been acting captain of a crew of Colombo associates.
In a letter to the court, federal prosecutors said that a cooperating witness recorded 2011 conversations with Luca and Colombo members Joseph Carna and Vincent Manzo that indicate Luca’s status as an acting captain.
“We are committed to defeating organized crime,” Currie said in the release. “We will not tolerate the use of violence or threats of violence to extort local businesspeople, and we will shut down illegal gambling businesses in our neighborhoods.”
Diego Rodriguez, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York office, echoed Currie. “As alleged, Luca DiMatteo and Lukey DiMatteo picked up a check every couple of weeks from a local business for more than 10 years, but it wasn’t a paycheck — rather, they picked up a shakedown check,” Rodriguez said in the release.
Flora Edwards, Luca DiMatteo’s attorney, did not return a call for comment.

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A Cuyahoga County judge says a reputed member of New York’s Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti can resume working at the scrap yards he operates in southeastern Cleveland.
Cleveland police arrested Carmine “The Bull” Agnello, 55, of Bentleyville, on July 15 for what authorities say was a $3 million scam involving stolen cars and scrap metal. A common pleas judge freed Agnello on bond but ordered him to stay away from his scrap yards. A different judge on Thursday said Agnello can return to work.
Agnello hasn’t been formally charged. Prosecutors said they’ll seek charges at a grand jury. Agnello was married for 17 years to reality TV star Victoria Gotti, the daughter of the late crime boss. They divorced in 2002.

 — From wire reports

Mobster Agnello sues City of Cleveland for illegally seizing property



Kim Wendel 
6:32 p.m. EDT July 23, 2015

Agnello 55, of Bentleyville, has ties to the Gambino crime family in New York City and is the ex-son-in-law of the late mobster John Gotti.
CLEVELAND -- Attorneys Roger Synenberg and Ian Friedman, representing Carmine "The Bull" Agnello, filed a civil suit against the City of Cleveland to get returned the equipment that was confiscated in a raid Friday from Eagle 1.
Although first filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, the civil right suit was moved to U.S. District Court Wednesday (July 22) at the city's request.
The suit claims that police illegally seized property during the raid, according to court records.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office sent the following statement: "Agnello's claim that America's Civil Rights Act was written to protect Mafia enterprises is ridiculous and self-serving, coming from a violent ex-con who is a made member of the New York Gambino crime family. Next, bank robbers will claim the Civil Rights Act allows them to keep their guns pending trial."

The suit wants the city to immediately return the following property:
•           Three (3) front loaders
•           Three (3) fork lifts
•           One (1) automobile crusher
•           One (1) 2008 Cadillac Escalade vehicle
•           All computers, monitors, DVR systems and servers seized
•           The briefcase, wallet and papers of Mr. Agnello
•           $20,000 in U.S. currency seized from the property of Eagle I
•           $5,038 in U.S. currency seized from the person of Mr. Agnello
•           $21,310 in U.S. currency seized from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Agnello
•           $3,675 in U.S. currency seized from Anthony Giangrande, an employee of Eagle I.
Agnello 55, of Bentleyville, has ties to the Gambino crime family in New York City and is the ex-son-in-law of the late mobster John Gotti.
Agnello was arrested last week at the auto towing business on E. 116th Street and Harvard Avenue in Cleveland following an 18-month investigation dubbed "Operation Goodfella."
He was released on a $100,000 personal bond and is required to wear a GPS monitor and cannot visit Eagle 1.
Charity Towing/Eagle Auto Parts is registered in the name of his wife Danielle. Danielle is the daughter of mobster Mourad "Moose" Topalia.
Agnello was arrested for theft, money laundering, conspiracy, and corrupting sports.
Officers uncovered multiple weapons during a search of Agnello's Bentleyville home, as well as evidence of illegal dumping at Agnello's East 116th Street scrap metal operation.
Agnello, who has a prior record of federal convictions, is precluded by law from owning or possessing firearms.
These crimes were uncovered during an extensive covert investigation conducted by the Cleveland Division of Police Intelligence Unit, with assistance from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office Public Corruption Unit.
Cleveland police also said that, within the last three years, they observed a spike in auto thefts with no recovery of the stolen vehicles. As a result, an investigation was initiated and multiple scrapyards were identified as likely participants in illegal activity.
The investigation focused on Agnello due to the scale of Agnello's scrap metal operation and the amount of cars processed at Agnello's scrap yards.
The investigation revealed that, between 2014 and the present; Agnello systemically defrauded a regional scrap metal processing facility for more than $3 million.