Sumitomo employee nabbed in housing loan to yakuza boss
by Tokyo Reporter Staff onJuly 13, 2016
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an organized crime member for allegedly threatening a construction employee over a demolition project, reports TV Asahi (July 15).
In January, Taizo Inada, a 47-year-old upper-level member of a gang affiliated with theSumiyoshi-kai, allegedly made threats in demanding 6.9 million yen from a 72-year-old worker over a delay of several weeks in the demolition of a building in Taito Ward.
Police also arrested two other persons in the case. Inada, who has been charged with attempted extortion, denies the charges, telling police he does not recall the incident.
The suspect made the alleged threats inside a restaurant in Nakano Ward. “Compensation must be paid due to the delay, and I have to shoulder that amount,” the suspect falsely claimed. “You must know what I’m talking about, and I don’t know what will happen next.”
Inada is a member of the Kimoto-gumi, which is based in Shinjuku Ward.

Aichi cops: Assailants shoot yakuza dead, getaway car found on fire


By Tokyo Reporter Staff on July 15, 2016Comments Off on Aichi cops: Assailants shoot yakuza dead, getaway car found on fire
A person believed to be a Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi member was shot and killed in a residence in Naka Ward
AICHI (TR) – Aichi Prefectural Police are investigating the shooting death of a person believed to be an organized crime member in Nagoya’s Naka Ward, reports NHK (July 15).
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, police received a call about a man who had been shot inside a residence on the fourth floor of a building in the Shinsakae area.
According to TBS News (July 15), the victim, likely a Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi executive aged in his 60s, was confirmed dead about one and a half hours later after being transported to a nearby hospital.
According to police, two assailants entered the residence and opened fire at the victim with pistols. They then fled the scene in a silver sedan.
The vehicle was later found on fire in the parking lot of a shrine located about two kilometers from the residence. Police later confirmed that the car had been stolen.
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Aichi cops: Assailants shoot yakuza dead, getaway car found on fire
added by Tokyo Reporter Staff on July 15, 2016
Freddie Thompson and Daniel Kinahan
Yuki Kawajiri
MIYAGI (TR) – Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested an employee of a major developer in a fraud case involving a loan of nearly 50 million yen to a gang boss, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 12).
Police arrested Masakazu Takagi, a 46-year-old employee at the Ishinomaki City office of Sumitomo Realty & Development, as a part of the investigation into a housing loan fraudulently obtained by Yuki Kawajiri, a 54-year-old boss of a gang affiliated with theKobe Yamaguchi-gumi, and his wife, 55-year-old Tomoko.
Takagi partially denies the charges. “I went through the procedures to borrow the money, but I did not know he was a gangster,” the suspect is quoted by police.
According to Kahoku Shimpo (July 13), a loan for 49.35 million yen for the construction of a new home was taken out with a bank in Sendai City in Tomoko’s name in which she did not acknowledge ties to “anti-social forces,” or organized crime. After submitting the application in June of last year, the couple claimed to be divorced. However, police later realized that they were living together.
In May, police arrested Kawajiri and his wife for in separate case involving the forgery of documents for a move in an office, according to the Kahoku Shimpo (May 26). The next month, Miyagi police raided the headquarters of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture in search of evidence in the case.
On Tuesday, police conducted raids at three locations in Ishinomaki, including the Sumitomo office, in connection with the fraud case.
A representative of Sumitomo said that the details of the matter were “under investigation.” As well, Takagi has been removed from his position at the firm.

According to police, there are about 1,060 gang members in Miyagi, with the Sumiyoshi-kai (735 members), Yamaguchi-gumi (170) and Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi(75) being the three biggest organizations.

Tokyo police arrest yakuza in fight at Asakusa festival


By Tokyo Reporter Staff on July 15, 20161 Comment
A Yamaguchi-gumi member and a rival gangster were arrested for assaulting one another at the Tori no Ichi festival

Kiyoshi Nakahara
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a pair of gang members for a fight that broke out a festival in Taito Ward last year, reports TV Asahi (July 15).
In November, Kiyoshi Nakahara, a 55-year-old member of an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, allegedly beat the head of Koichi Narui, a 44-year-old member of theYamaguchi-gumi, at the Tori no Ichi festival in the Asakusa area.
Narui, whose injuries required two weeks to heal, is also alleged to have assaulted Nakahara.
Both suspects, who have been charged with assault, admit to the allegations.
Held each November, the Tori no Ichi festival features vendors selling colorfully decorated bamboo rakes called kumade, which symbolize the collection of wealth or good fortune.
Just prior to the incident, Nakahara was walking in a group of five persons on the festival grounds when they happened upon Narui, who said, “It seems pretty distasteful for a person like you to be here.” The fisticuffs then ensued.
The Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi formed last summer following the dissolution of theYamaguchi-gumi. According to Fuji News Network (July 15), police suspect that the dispute is connected to an ongoing dispute that his since developed between the two gangs.

On Friday morning, police raided the headquarters of the Yamaken-gumi, located in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture in search of evidence in the case. The Yamaken-gumi is one of the key gangs that bolted from the Yamaguchi-gumi last year to form the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

Yakuza among 11 nabbed by Niigata police over ¥1.8 billion single-day nationwide ATM heist




NIIGATA – Police in Niigata Prefecture said Tuesday they have arrested 11 men, including a gangster, in connection with thefts of ¥1.8 billion ($17.3 million) from cash machines across Japan on a single day in mid-May.
The nationwide heist occurred in about two hours on May 15, involving about 1,400 convenience store automated teller machines in 17 prefectures, including Tokyo.
Junya Tanaka, 35, a senior member of a group affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest organized crime syndicate, and 10 other suspects aged between 23 and 49 are suspected of stealing a total of ¥11.4 million using fake credit cards from ATMs at 11 convenience stores in the Sea of Japan coastal prefecture on that day.
Some of the 11 suspects have admitted to the allegations, according to the police.
The police tracked down the suspects after examining security camera videos, in which they were using generic white cards to withdrawal cash from ATMs. The police said the fake cards contained data from South Africa’s Standard Bank.

A total of ¥88 millionin cash has been confirmed stolen from around 70 convenience stores in Niigata in the massive thefts.

Gambino associate gets 21 yrs. for killing


Bruno now joins LaBarca behind bars
A Gambino crime family associate last Friday was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for executing a fellow mobster in Howard Beach in 2002 and conspiring to cover up a federal grand jury investigation into the murder, federal authorities announced.
Gennaro Bruno, 43, who was arrested in late October 2014 and brought to New York from Las Vegas, admitted to the murder of Martin Bosshart in federal court last month.
 Bruno took Bosshart, who was also Gambino associate at the time, to a secluded spot off 155th Avenue near Lahn Street in the late hours of Jan. 2, 2002 and shot him in the head, U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert Capers said in a release.
The mobster, who had a lengthy criminal record even before he murdered Bosshart, did not make any public comment before his sentencing. Bruno, according to Capers, was working to move large quantities of marijuana from Canada to New York for the Gambino crime family when Bosshart, then 30, conspired to exclude one of Bruno’s co-conspirators from the operation.
Bruno evaded justice for years and obstructed a grand jury investigation into the murder, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, while still continuing to make money for the Gambino family though drug trafficking and extortion.
Bruno also pleaded guilty to extorting payments from a Queens waste carting company, according to the government.
Before formally joining the crime family, Bruno allegedly committed other crimes as part of the Ozone Park Boys, a Gambino crew also known as the Liberty Posse, and the Young Guns.
Todd LaBarca, a co-conspirator and alleged Gambino associate, pleaded guilty to Bosshart’s murder and other racketeering charges in April 2012 and is serving a 23-year sentence.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in 2013 decided not to pursue the death penalty against several alleged Mafia members, including those involved in the Bosshart case.

— Anthony O’Reilly

Former Mob Boss’ House to be Auctioned


By Chris Fry -
May 9, 2016

Got at least $5.5 million to burn and want to make someone an offer they can’t refuse? Then head over to Fort Lee next month for the auction of a house with a colorful history of owners that was originally built by a mob boss.
Guernsey’s is auctioning off a home at 75 Bluff Road that is currently owned by Arthur Imperatore, the founder of the NY Waterway ferry service. Comedian Buddy Hackett also owned the home at one point. But the most infamous resident of the sprawling residence was named Albert Anastasia, who constructed the house in 1947.
Anastasia for years ran the notorious Murder, Inc. crime organization, which was a group of killers that operated out of the back room of a candy store in Brooklyn owned by mobster Louis Capone. During its ten years of operation in the 1930s, it is estimated that Murder Inc. committed between 400 and 1,000 murders, many of which were never solved. Anastasia later went to be “boss” of what would become the modern Gambino crime family.
Anastasia was killed in October 1957 by two masked men while in a barber’s chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. No one was ever charged in the case and his killers remain a mystery to this day.
While Anastasia did suffer an untimely death, his former pad suggests that crime actually does pay. The 8,551 square foot house sits on 1.3 acres of property, which is huge by Fort Lee standards. The lot is located right at the top of the palisades cliffs and overlooks the Hudson River, offering unobstructed panoramic views of Upper Manhattan.
The house itself was built in a Mediterranean style with a Spanish roof and contains a total of 25 rooms, including seven bedrooms. Among the standard kitchens, libraries and bathrooms are a full wood-paneled basement complete with a bar, movie theater and projection room. There’s also a recreation room and a spa that sports a sauna and hot tub.
 A bit insightful of what was important to a 1950’s mobster, the home features one-foot thick concrete walls as well as two exits in each room to provide for a quick escape. And then there’s a peculiar fully tiled room with a drain in the floor. None of the more recent owners are quite sure what that room was used for but we can imagine.
Outside the home, features include a large patio with expansive skyline views and an in-ground swimming pool featuring a cabana, pool house, outdoor shower and two-car garage. There’s also an extensive glass-enclosed sun porch to take in the extensive “park-like” landscaped grounds that surround the house.
While the house has had four different owners, it hasn’t had any major updates over the years, making it somewhat of a time capsule to mid-century design. Taxes on the property clock in at a whopping $82,000/year.
For those interested in developing the lot into something different, the listing states the property is located in a R-2 one-family residential zone, but Guernsey’s claims expansion of the house is possible without variances. For buyers seeking to raze the house, subdividing the existing property into four conforming building lots is possible without variances.
Guernsey’s has also prepared ten different “concept plans” depicting various ways the property can be built upon or sub-divided, which are available at the request of potential bidders. Viewings of the house are taking place on June 4 – 7 from 12 – 6PM or by appointment.

All of this will be going to the highest bidder on June 8th, when Guernsey’s will host a 2:00pm live auction at the house. Interested parties, who can also bid on the property online, need to sign up for the auction at Guernsey’s site and wire $300,000 into the escrow agent’s account by June 6th.

Potential Rizzuto organization leader arrested in mass Mafia bust


 PAUL CHERRY, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Montreal - The RCMP is carrying out a series of arrests in the Montreal area in what the Mounties are calling the third and last phase of an investigation into the Mafia in Montreal that began several years ago.
Included among the people the RCMP arrested Wednesday is Liborio (Pancho) Cuntrera, 47, a man who police sources have described as a potential leader within what remain's of the Rizzuto organization.
Cuntrera is the son of Agostino Cuntrera, a member of the Rizzuto organization who was gunned down in St-Leonard in 2010 when the Mafia clan was under pressure from rivals. While the Rizzuto organization was under pressure to relinquish control of the mob in Montreal, the older Cuntrera remained loyal to the Rizzutos. Liborio Cuntrera also represents the second generation of a group of well known wealthy international drug smugglers known in many parts of the world as the Cuntrera-Caruana organization.
Cuntrera was not arrested on Wednesday because he is currently on vacation. According to sources familiar with the investigation, Cuntrera is currently in Italy, has been in contact with the RCMP and has agreed to turn himself in when he returns to Canada in a few days, one source said.
One man named as a target in the investigation is Martino Caputo, a 42-year-old man who is serving a 12-year prison term in Kingston for his role in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy to bring a tonne of the narcotic into Canada once a month. Caputo also faces charges in Ontario related to a murder carried out in that province back in 2012.
In February 2004, Crivello was sentenced to a three-year prison term for holding a person against their will and aggravated assault.
According to decisions made by the Parole Board of Canada, Crivello hired a group of men to collect $60,000 that he believed had been stolen from him. Three men were held against their will and beaten while Crivello watched and demanded to know what happened to his money. One of the victims suffered injuries that required surgery.
While he was before the parole board, in 2005, Crivello admitted that he had been involved in drug trafficking from the age of 17.
Another man who was arrested Wednesday, Frank Iaconetti, 48, has also done time in a federal penitentiary. In 1999, he pleaded guilty, in a U.S. District court in Massachusetts, to being part of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. According to court documents filed in that case, on March 15, 1998, Iaconetti brought $250,000 in cash to undercover agents for what what supposed to be a down payment 100 kilograms of cocaine destined for Canada. When he was sentenced in 1999, a judge was told there was very little evidence that Iaconetti knew details about the actual drug transaction. At the time, Iaconetti said he agreed to deliver the money to deal with a serious addiction to gambling that caused him to ask that he be banned from the Montreal casino.
According to a statement issued by the RCMP Wednesday morning, the arrests are the third part of Project Clemenza, an investigation into the drug trafficking activities of various Mafia clans. Project Clemenza had to be put on hold because while it was underway the RCMP uncovered evidence related to the murder of Salvatore Montagna, a Mafia leader from New York who was one of the leaders in the attempt to wrestle power away from the Rizzuto organization about six years ago.
In a sign of how long Project Clemenza was delayed because of Montagna's murder, the charges filed at the Montreal courthouse against Liborio Cuntrera and Marco Pizzi, 46, of Montreal North, date back to 2011. Both men are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to traffick in cocaine between Sept. 28, 2011 and Oct. 6, 2011.
An RCMP spokesperson told reporters that 15 people were targeted in Wednesday's operation and that the investigation probed drug smuggling and drug trafficking.
"The network imported cocaine through the United States and used its contacts in the commercial ground transport industry," the spokesperson said. "The investigation demonstrated that this (network) transported large quantities of cocaine. The American and Canadian authorities have seized more than 220 kilos of cocaine and placed their hands on (more than $2 million). The impact of this operation on organized crime is significant and will have an affect on drug smuggling activities in the Greater Montreal region."
Another of the men arrested Wednesday was Hansley Joseph, 36, a wel-known member of a Montreal street gang who was often seen interacting with Mafia-tied drug traffickers during Project Colisee, a major investigation into the Mafia that had a huge impact on the Rizzuto organization a decade ago. In 2007, Joseph received a two-year prison term for his role in a drug trafficking network that operated in northern Montreal.
The case brought against Joseph and about two dozen other men in 2005, was significant because it represented one of the first times in Canada that gangsterism charges were brought against street gang members.
According to a decision made in the case in 2007, Joseph was part of a group known as the "Dope Squad" and frequently supplied cocaine to a group known as the Pelletier St. gang that sold crack on Pelletier St., near the corner of Henri Bourassa Blvd.