Gambino associate John Burke gets life for 1991 gundown

Burke refused to take responsibility for killing Bruce Gotterup, instead blasting the cooperating witnesses who ratted him out
The feds pulled out the rug on Gambino turncoat John Alite's courtroom confrontation Friday at the sentencing of his co-conspirator, who received life in prison for a gangland slaying they committed.
In a heated exchange inside Brooklyn Federal Court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Norris ordered Alite to stay out of the courtroom, where he intended to read a statement calling out defendant John Burke as a coward and a phony. The victim’s widow had changed her mind about him reading a statement because she felt it would become a distraction to the proceeding, sources said.
Burke was the triggerman who put a bullet in the back of victim Bruce Gotterup's head in 1991 in retribution for trying to sell drugs out of a Queens bar under the control of the Gambino crime family.
Alite pleaded guilty to helping plan the rubout with the alleged approval of then-Gambino boss John A. (Junior) Gotti, who beat the murder rap in 2009.
Alite — who served 100 months in prison as a reward for his cooperation — has apologized to members of the Gotterup family, who then asked him to accompany them to Burke's sentencing.
"It's OK, today is the Gotterups' day," Alite told the Daily News in an exclusive interview "I just wanted them to know that I'm sorry for my role and I support them. "
 Bruce Gotterup was murdered by John Burke in gangland-style murder in 1991.
That was more remorse than Burke was ready to show.
Burke refused to take responsibility for killing Gotterup as well as drug dealer John Gebert, instead blasting the cooperating witnesses who ratted him out.
"John Alite killed three men and he's back with his family," Burke told Federal Judge Sterling Johnson.
"I'm happy with myself…My sentence won't shake me," Burke added. "My foundation's built on a rock and that rock is Jesus."
While Alite remained on the third floor of the courthouse with FBI agents, upstairs Burke took a pounding from the victim's son, Randy Gotterup.
"For the longest time I dreamed about seeing the person who killed my father," Randy said in court. "Growing up I had to deal with poverty, my mom was a wreck, they literally left my life in turmoil."
I had shows like 'Growing Up Gotti ' flaunted in my face," he added, referring to the reality show starring the late Gambino boss John Gotti Sr.'s daughter Victoria and her sons.
The judge called Burke a "negative role model" whose lifetime of crime should serve as an example of "what people should not do."
"I heard you say you were a changed person, you say you have renounced organized crime," Johnson said. "The jury didn't buy it."
Burke was slammed with life in prison plus ten years for the two murders and racketeering.
Alite had reached out to the Gebert family to apologize for his role in that murder as well, but was rebuffed.
"You going to write that mother------'s life story?" Thomas Gebert, the victim's brother, said to Alite and a Daily News reporter.

Judge throws away jail-door key on mob hit man

A Gambino crime family associate was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for committing several murders linked to drug dealing.
John Burke, 52, was already serving a term of 25 years to life in state prison for other mob crimes.
Last year at a federal trial, Burke was convicted of mob racketeering and murder charges stemming from Mafia hits on John Gebert and Bruce John Gotterup that were linked to drug disputes two decades ago.
Brooklyn Assistant US Attorney Evan Norris said there was no way to sugarcoat Burke’s life on New York’s streets in the 1980s and 1990s.
“John Burke devoted his entire adult life to the Mafia . . . He is unremorseful and unrepentant,” Norris said during the emotional hearing as Burke’s relatives cried in the gallery.
Brooklyn federal Judge Sterling Johnson rejected Burke’s attorney’s argument that the wiseguy had renounced crime and was now a new man.
“You presented this to the jury, and they didn’t buy it,” Johnson said. “You’re a role model — a negative role model — about what someone should not do.”
Randy Gotterup, who was 3 when his father was executed in a planned hit in the Rockaways, said he will never forgive Burke, but added he was relieved the killer is being held accountable.
“I’m just glad to see justice be served,” Randy Gotterup said.

Fake restaurant businesses served to broker payments for customers at clubs

Fake restaurant businesses served to broker payments for customers at clubs

 TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested two upper members of the Inagawa-kai organized crime group for accepting proceeds acquired through a credit card fraud that facilitated payments to sex clubs, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 20).
Officers from the anti-organized crime division of the metropolitan police took Takashi Yamaguchi, 62, and Hirofumi Matsuyama, 46, into custody for receiving proceeds generated by criminal activities — a violation of the Act for Punishment of Organized Crimes. Both suspects have denied the charges.
The scheme involved establishing fake restaurant businesses that served to broker payments for customers at 30 sex clubs that were not able to accept credit cards. A 20 percent premium — as reported by the Mainichi Shimbun — was then added to the sex club fees, which the gangsters collected.
In March and April of this year, the suspects are alleged to have received 650,000 yen in funds provided by lower-ranking Inagawa-kai boss Kimihiro Tsukada, 65, currently under prosecution for computer-related fraud, through the gang’s jonokin system in which junior members funnel money to upper bosses. The Inagawa-kai’s headquarters in Tokyo’s Minato ward was among ten locations searched by police investigators on Monday.
Tsukada is believed to have supplied 11.3 million yen in funds to the suspects since November of 2010. Starting in September of 2005, Tsukada is suspected to have defrauded a total of 1.73 billion yen from credit card companies.
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun (Aug. 21), an arrest warrant has been issued for the number-two ranking member of the Inagawa-kai, 59-year-old Kazuo Uchibori.

Kudo-kai yakuza group files suit over new gang labels

Group says designation is in violation of the Constitution
 In December, the public safety commissions of five prefectures in Kyushu re-categorized three organized crime groups to assist in restricting their activities.
According to the Nikkei Shimbun (Jan. 19), the Kudo-kai criminal syndicate on Friday began litigation procedures at the district courts of two prefectures in an attempt to eliminate the designation.
On December 27, the commissions in Fukuoka and Yamaguchi prefectures deemed theKudo-kai as a “dangerous” group. The Dojin-kai and Kyushu-Seido-kai were marked as “combative” in Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka prefectures. The designations are a part of a revision to the Anti-Organized Crime Law initiated in October.
The goal is to further control the yakuza groups as such labels will allow law enforcement to arrest gang members without the issuing of a cease and desist order if illegal demands are made towards ordinary citizens.
“Since the measure considerably restricts the group’s activities in terms of freedom of expression and association it is in violation of the Constitution,” said the Kudo-kai’s representative lawyer.
The Kudo-kai were labeled “dangerous” for a one-year period. The extortion of a citizen by a gang member will be met with an immediate arrest. The group has been suspected to have been involved in a number of attacks upon citizens in the Kita Kyushu area of Fukuoka over the past year.
Likewise, the “combative” designation, which extends for three months, is in force to prevent yakuza groups that from posing harm to citizens who have attempted to eradicate them.
Masahiro Takagi, the chief inspector at the Fukuoka police, said that the contents of the Kudo-kai’s complaint would be taken into consideration once his office receives the document. An inspector at the Yamaguchi prefectural police was unaware of the details of the matter and refused to offer comment.
Inagawa-kai members arrested in credit card fraud for sex clubs, Tokyo HQ raided

Action is the Latest by Treasury in a Targeted Campaign Against the Brothers’ Circle, the Camorra and the Yakuza

 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today took action against three transnational criminal organizations (TCO), the Camorra, the Yakuza, and the Brothers’ Circle. Today’s designations include four members of the Camorra, one of Europe's largest criminal organizations; the Inagawa-kai, the third-largest clan within the Japanese Yakuza criminal network; and an individual providing support to a key member of the Brothers’ Circle, a large multi-ethnic Eurasian criminal network. These designations were imposed under Treasury’s authority targeting transnational organized crime.
 President Obama identified the Camorra, the Yakuza, and the Brothers’ Circle along with the Zetas, as significant TCOs in the Annex to Executive Order 13581 (Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations) on July 24, 2011, and charged the Treasury Department with pursuing additional sanctions against its members and supporters to undermine and interdict their global criminal operations.

Today’s action freezes any assets these persons may have within the jurisdiction of the United States and generally prohibits any transactions with them by U.S. persons.
 “The individuals designated today are key members of criminal organizations who engage in serious crimes around the world,” said David S. Cohen, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “Treasury will continue to target additional members and supporters of these groups, as well as other significant TCOs, as we systematically expose their criminal operations and protect the U.S. financial system from their illicit activity.”

The Camorra
 The Camorra operates internationally and is involved in serious criminal activity, such as money laundering, extortion, alien smuggling, robbery, blackmail, kidnapping, political corruption, and counterfeiting. In 2012 Italian law enforcement conducted multiple operations to seize Camorra assets, including 800 million euro seized from the Casalesi clan in July. To date, Treasury has identified five individuals affiliated with the Camorra under E.O. 13581, including their most prominent leaders Michele Zagaria and Antonio Iovine.
 In August 2012 the Treasury Department designated Michele Zagaria, a leader of the Camorra Casalesi clan, who is serving a life sentence for conspiracy, murder, extortion, and robbery. The Camorra members designated today are all members of the immediate family of Michele Zagaria: his brothers Pasquale Zagaria, Carmine Zagaria, Antonio Zagaria, and his father Nicola Zagaria. Each of these four individuals is designated for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Michele Zagaria and/or the Camorra. All the brothers have led the Caselasi clan at one point while other siblings were serving jail sentences. All are involved in the family’s criminal enterprises. This network has been involved in extortion, kidnapping, money laundering, and bribery.

The Yakuza
 The Yakuza, reputedly the world’s largest criminal organization with over 70,000 members, is involved in serious criminal activities, including weapons trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, fraud, and money laundering. The Treasury Department designated the Yamaguchi-gumi and the Sumiyoshi-kai, in February and September 2012, respectively. The Inagawa-kai, designated today, is the third-largest of the Yakuza organizations, and the Department of the Treasury is targeting it today for acting for or on behalf of the Yakuza. The top three clans account for approximately 72.4 percent of the Yakuza membership. To date, Treasury has identified four individuals and two entities affiliated with the Yakuza under E.O. 13581, including their most prominent leaders Kenichi Shinoda and Shigeo Nishiguchi.
 Today’s action also imposes sanctions on Jiro Kiyota, the top Inagawa-kai leader, as well as the Inagawa-kai’s second-in-command, Kazuo Uchibori, for acting for or on behalf of the Inagawa-kai. As leaders of Inagawa-kai, Kiyota and Uchibori play key roles in directing the syndicate’s policies and settling disputes with other Yakuza syndicates. Under the leadership of Kiyota and Uchibori, the Inagawa-kai has become increasingly aligned with the Yamaguchi-gumi.

The Brothers’ Circle
 The Brothers’ Circle is a multi-ethnic criminal group composed of leaders and senior members of several Eurasian criminal groups largely based in countries of the former Soviet Union but extending to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. To date, Treasury has identified 15 individuals affiliated with the Brothers’ Circle and their associates under E.O. 13581, including their most prominent members Gafur Rakhimov and Zakhariy Kalashov. The Brothers’ Circle serves as a coordinating body for several national level criminal networks, mediating disputes between the individual criminal networks and directing global criminal activity.
 On December 20, 2012, the Treasury Department designated Zakhariy Kalashov, a key member of the Brothers’ Circle and a prominent Eurasian organized crime figure with extensive connections to criminal groups in Russia and countries throughout Eurasia. His criminal activities include money laundering, extortion, criminal protection, and drug trafficking. He is currently incarcerated, serving a nine year sentence for money laundering in Spain. Marina Kalashova, who has been designated today, is a key part of Zakhariy Kalashov’s network. Kalashov communicates with Kalashova to pass messages on his behalf to his organization.

Identifying Information:
Name: Zagaria, Carmine
DOB: 27 May 1968
POB: San Cipriano D’Aversa, Italy

Name: Zagaria, Antonio
DOB: 29 June 1962
POB: San Cipriano D’Aversa, Italy

Name: Zagaria, Pasquale
DOB: 5 January 1960
POB: San Cipriano D’Aversa, Italy

Name: Zagaria, Nicola
DOB: 10 October 1927
POB: San Cipriano D’Aversa, Italy

Entity: Inagawa-kai
Address: 7-8-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan          

Name: Kiyota, Jiro
AKA: Sin, Byon-Gyu
DOB: 1940              
POB: Japan

Name: Uchibori, Kazuo
AKA: Uchibori, Kazuya
DOB: 1952  
POB: Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Name: Goldberg, Marina Samuilovna
AKA: Kalashov, Marina
AKA: Kalashova, Marina
Address: Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
DOB: 15 September 1979
ID: Passport 514763020 (Russia)

Former Gotti crony John Alite claims affair with Victoria Gotti,

Former Gotti crony John Alite claims affair with Victoria Gotti, Junior Gotti's sister

Alite is a witness in the trial of alleged mob hitman Charles Carneglia.

John Alite

Victoria Gotti in February, 2008.

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Victoria Gotti in February, 2008.

Before he became a mob rat, Gambino associate John Alite says he was a horndog who had a secret affair with Mafia princess Victoria Gotti.
Alite took center stage Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court in the murder trial of reputed hit man Charles Carneglia, but much of his testimony was about how close he was to John A. (Junior) Gotti - and the mob scion's older sister.

"I was fooling around with his sister Vicky Gotti on the sneak," Alite said, roughly fixing the time frame in the late 1980s, when she was married to her then-husband, Carmine Agnello.
Alite said the husband came after him and he ended up shooting one of Agnello's goons. Alite said Junior refused to give him permission to retaliate against Agnello.

Reached for comment, Victoria Gotti ridiculed the heavily-tattooed thug's claim of a tryst with her.
"He's an out-and-out liar - he's vermin," she said. "This animal [Alite] had a crush on me from the first time I met him. He was in our bridal party and he tried to kiss me at my wedding. He missed the cheek by a lot.

"Carmine knew he had a crush on me. That's why he despised him.
"In Mr. Alite's dreams would someone like me even give him a second glance let alone 'fool around' with him. I was raised a good Catholic girl and always played by the rules.

"I met and married my first and only boyfriend. I never slept with Alite or anyone else.
"Dare him to take a lie detector test. I will take a lie detector test anytime, anywhere."

Alite said Junior Gotti's refusal to approve a retaliatory strike against Agnello was one of the reasons their close friendship broke up.
Under questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Burlingame, the witness said he grew up around gangsters in Woodhaven, Queens, and had a promising future at one time as a baseball pitcher.

He said he threw out his arm after one semester at the University of Tampa and returned to his old stomping grounds selling cocaine in bars on Jamaica Ave. in Queens.
Alite met Junior Gotti in the early 1980s and began paying him a cut of his $1 million-a-month drug profits. He said he and Junior were best friends for a decade. After rival drug dealers robbed an associate, Junior Gotti accompanied them on a drive-by in which two of the rivals were shot, he testified.
"After that [Junior] didn't look at me like some college kid no more," Alite said.
Getting close to the younger Gotti was Alite's opening to the Mafia big leagues. They became inseparable, and Junior and his late father, Gambino crime boss John Gotti, reaped the profits of Alite's litany of crimes.
"You name it, we did it," Alite said.
Alite was Albanian, so he could never be inducted into the Gambino family, but he had his own crew, as did two other non-Italian, uniquely powerful mob associates - James (Jimmy the Gent) Burke and Joseph (Joe) Watts.
On Feb. 14, 1988, Junior Gotti was best man at Alite's wedding in Queens. The date was selected not because it was Valentine's Day, but as a sign of respect for Junior because it was his birthday.
Wearing a gray sweat suit, the heavily tattooed thug said Junior's bad-mouthing of his other close friends left him feeling it was only a matter of time before he would be left out in the cold, too.
"I didn't believe in the life," Alite said. "It's kind of like reading a brochure when you're a kid. You're going to Paradise Island and everything looks nice, but you forgot to read the fine print."

had sex with John Gotti Jr.'s sister

Mob rat: I had sex with John Gotti Jr.'s sister after husband beat her

Victoria Gotti vehemently denies that she and mob rat John Alite (below) had an affair.

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Victoria Gotti vehemently denies that she and mob rat John Alite (below) had an affair.

Alite is a witness in the trial of alleged mob hitman Charles Carneglia.

Alite is a witness in the trial of alleged mob hitman Charles Carneglia.

A mob rat testified Tuesday he began having an affair with Mafia princess Victoria Gotti because her husband was beating her - again.
John Alite said the FBI warned him that the cuckold wanted to kill him. Later, Alite wanted to kill her brother John A. (Junior) Gotti because he wouldn't let him kill Carmine Agnello, whom Victoria Gotti has since divorced.

Agnello was beaten and shot in the buttocks. 

Mob turncoat John Alite claims was Victoria Gotti's shoulder to cry on

Mob turncoat John Alite claims was Victoria Gotti's shoulder to cry on after abuse by hubby 'Junior'

Victoria Gotti leaving the trial of John Gotti, Jr. in Manhattan Federal Court.

John Alite (right) testifying in the trial of  John Gotti Jr. (lower left) in Federal Court.

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John Alite (right) testifying in the trial of John Gotti Jr. (lower left) in Federal Court.

The mob rat took on the Mafia princess one more time.
John Alite, a Gambino family insider turned informant, testified Thursday that Victoria Gotti fell into his arms after beatings at the hands of her brutish former husband.
"I had feelings for her," said Alite, who claimed at a previous trial that the pair enjoyed an adulterous affair. "She had feelings for me."
The diminutive, blond-maned Gotti turned to the drug-dealing mob hit man after ex-husband Carmine Agnello left her with a black eye and swollen lips, Alite testified.
"I wanted to kill him," said Alite, the key government witness against his one-time best man, John A. (Junior) Gotti.
An angry and appalled Victoria Gotti fired back outside the courtroom, calling the former family friend a malicious liar.
"Feelings?" she said during a break in her brother's Manhattan racketeering trial. "He flatters himself. The only feelings I had for Alite - I despised him."
Alite, in his third day on the witness stand, claimed Agnello threatened him at gunpoint after learning of the romance.
"You and me got a f------ problem," he quoted Agnello as saying during a confrontation inside a Queens nightclub in the early '90s.
"Yeah, we do have a problem," Alite replied. "You keep beating up your wife."
The mobsters realized they were at a standoff about the love triangle, Alite said.
Alite couldn't kill Agnello because of his ties to the Gottis - and Agnello couldn't whack Alite because of his friendship with Junior.
"John Jr. said, 'You ain't touching him.' I had feelings for his sister," Alite said. "I wasn't just fooling around with her. It wasn't that."
Alite said he then realized he was more thug-for-hire than friend to Junior.
"The friendship deep in my heart changed ... I understood the mob," he said. "It's blood. I was just another guy used to make money and hurt people."
Victoria Gotti wasn't in the courtroom when Alite referenced their romance. But her sister Angel dropped her head into her hands as Alite mentioned Victoria.
"She told me what happened, told me that Carmine beat her up," he testified. She waffled on telling her family about the abuse, but ultimately decided against it: "They will kill him."
Alite, who spent a decade as Junior Gotti's high-rolling sidekick, later admitted he wasn't the most loyal of husbands.
"Typical with the mob, we have wives and girlfriends - and girlfriends after the girlfriends," he said. "It's just the way it is."
The bitter he said/she said was a reprise of Alite's testimony earlier this year in the trial of Gambino killer Charles Carneglia.
Victoria Gotti also insisted then she wasn't among his conquests.
A lie detector test taken when Alite first made the sexual allegations showed she never slept with him or was abused by Agnello, Gotti said.
Alite should make up his mind about her brother: Is he a "crazy animal thug, or a big softie that would allow someone to manhandle his sister?" Victoria asked outside the courtroom Thursday.

Former pal of John A. (Junior) Gotti will read statement at sentencing of Gambino mobster

Former pal of John A. (Junior) Gotti will read statement at sentencing of Gambino mobster John Burke implicating mob honcho in 1991 murder

Mafia turncoat John Alite will reveal how he teamed with Burke to murder Bruce Gotterup in 1991. In earlier trial, Alite stunned court admitting to steamy affair with Victoria Gotti.

John Alite, seen here in this 2004 mugshot, is ready to deliver a knockout punch to his ex-crony on behalf of Bruce Gotterup’s family.

Mafia turncoat John Alite will read a blistering statement at the sentencing Friday of John Burke, his co-conspirator in the 1991 gangland murder of Bruce Gotterup, the Daily News has learned.
“They have always had a sense of forgiveness and I will be sticking up for them,” he said about the Gotterup family in an exclusive interview with The Daily News.
Alite didn’t take the stand at Burke’s murder trial last year, but he sparred with Gotti during the mob boss’ 2009 federal trial on charges that he approved the Gotterup killing. At one point, Junior called Alite a “punk dog” in the courtroom.

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Victoria Gotti with her brother John A. (Junior) Gotti.


Mugshot of John Burke, who is being sentenced for the murder of Bruce Gotterup.

In an earlier trial of another Gambino mobster, Alite stunned the court by revealing he had a steamy affair with mob princess Victoria Gotti, Junior’s sister, in the 1980s when she was dating her future husband Carmine Agnello. She denied any relationship.
Prosecutors failed to prove Junior’s connection to the Gotterup slaying.
Now, Alite is ready to deliver a knockout punch to his ex-crony on behalf of Gotterup’s family.
“He (Burke) was a coward then and he’s still a coward for not owning up to his crime and apologizing to the family.”
Alite said he will out Burke, who faces life in prison, as a fraud for portraying himself on an Internet blog as a Bible-quoting Christian who claims to have found religion in prison.

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John Alite said he had an affair with John Gotti’s daughter Victoria.

Bruce Gotterup was murdered by John Burke in 1991. John Alite intends to read a statement that will implicate himself and John A. (Junior) Gotti in his murder.

“If he really believes the Bible, then he should tell the truth,” Alite, 50, said.
Alite has kept a low profile since he was released from prison last spring after completing a 100-month sentence for his part in Gotterup’s murder.
But he dodged a life sentence by helping the government prosecute Junior and other members of their murderous crew that pushed drugs in Queens in the 1980s and left a trail of dead bodies.
He couldn’t deliver a conviction against Junior, whose trial ended in a hung jury. But his testimony did result in guilty pleas by other crew members and the conviction of Gambino hitman Charles Carneglia.
In addition to their business partnership, Alite and Junior used to be fast friends.
Junior was Alite’s best man at his wedding, even convincing him to get hitched on Valentine’s Day because it was Junior’s birthday. And Alite attended his wedding at the Helmsley Palace Hotel, which was a who’s who of mobsters.
Because he was of Albanian descent and not Italian, Alite could never have been a made man. Still, prosecutors said he was endowed with a more powerful status than other mob associates because of his ties to Junior and his sheer ruthlessness.
Alite estimates he made millions of dollars, owned nine homes, six businesses and three nightclubs.
That’s all gone.

John Burke is pictured holding his infant son as his best pal Junior Gotti looks on.
He said the priority now is keeping his 21-year-old son John Jr. on the straight and narrow and disrupting the mob’s recruiting pipeline of young men lured by false dreams of money and honor — like he was while growing up in Woodhaven, Queens.
“I ruined my life the way I went,” Alite said. “Before I went to jail I was a good father but I was like two different people. On the street I was vicious. My kids are never gonna go through what I did.
“I took my kids to a Yankees game and it humbled me because we sat in the bleachers and I used to sit in box seats,” he explained. “But that’s part of life now and I am trying to make it the right way this time.”
“I get up at 6:30 now looking for work, I get depressed, I go to therapy,” he said about working construction. “I’m trying to keep pushing forward.”
Alite said he met with Debra Gotterup, Bruce’s wife, and her daughter about a year ago and told them he was sorry he ruined their lives as well as his own.
Debra Gotterup, of Long Island, said said she believes he’s sincere.

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John Alite holds a statement he’ll make in court revealing how he teamed with John Burke to murder Bruce Gotterup.
“He’s trying to change his life and I believe everyone deserves a second chance,” she said.
As for Burke, she’s looking forward to seeing him sentenced to prison today in Brooklyn Federal Court.
“I can’t wait for Friday and I’ll never forgive him. He’s the one who pulled the trigger,” she said.
Alite’s scorn goes beyond Junior to his father, the Teflon Don.
He laughs at the mention of a major motion picture about the elder John Gotti that Junior backs — calling it a “Cinderella” fairy tale that takes liberties with the truth.
Alite, who spent several nights a week sleeping over the Gotti home in Howard Beach back in the day, said the Dapper Don couldn’t properly dress himself without the help of a tailor.
“That family is never going to take accountability for what they did,” he said. “They’re egotistical. They love themselves.”
Alite’s road ahead has cinematic themes — part “A Bronx Tale” trying to protect his sons from trouble and part “Carlito’s Way” staying clear of trouble himself.
Inevitably he runs into a familiar face from his illicit past. Sometimes they will say hello and tell him not to tell anyone they spoke to him. Others call him a rat or ignore him.
He’s also painfully aware of the ever-present danger of retribution faced by every mob rat.
“Every day I walk out the door I check out everything,” he said, noting that he balked at entering the witness protection program. “I’m not going to be one of those guys who gets killed in the street if I can help it, but I’m not gonna go live in Utah.
“I know there’s guys on the street who want me,” Alite said. “They’re patient. They want me to get comfortable. I know how easy it is to get somebody.”


Excerpts from a statement former Gambino associate John Alite will read in federal court Friday during the sentencing of John Burke for the 1991 murder of Bruce Gotterup.
“I speak behind this podium because like the rest of the other fake tough guys and yourself, if we were somewhere alone in the past in a cell, in the streets, you wouldn't make a peep about me or anyone in a position that's really trying to live the right way for a change.”
“This family (Gotterup) doesn’t hate you, doesn’t even wish you harm. All they ever wanted was an apology. ... Instead of giving them closure and helping them get through their mourning and admit to your part in taking (Bruce Gotterup’s) life as I did, instead you give them disrespect and push the Bible while at the same time you move heroin in state joints (prison).”
“Why don’t you be a man and speak up to break this pattern not just for our kids’ sake but for as many kids’ as we can reach sakes?”
“You have plenty of time now to remember that I saved your life numerous times when you couldn't make the streets without me or my name. So the next time you decide to write on the computer, try talking to your God to guide you and stand on your own two feet, not like a coward, a junkie or a liar.”
“If you are really honest to that Bible that you claim, you will make amends with this family and finally apologize to them today!”

95-Year-Old Mob Boss to Spend Remaining Days in Prison, Will be Released in 2017

John "Sonny" Franzese, 95, will spend his remaining days in prison due to a ruling by a federal appeals court in New York City. Franzese was part of the Colombo crime family and was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy; he will spend the next eight years in prison.

Franzese was convicted in January of extorting Manhattan strip clubs and a Long Island pizzeria. Prosecutors had hoped to put him away for at least 12 years but only received an eight-year-long sentence, the Associated Press reported. Franzese appealed the conviction and claimed he did not receive a fair trial.

During the 2010 trial, Peter Dupre alleged that he was attacked for not paying $1,500 a week to Franzese. Dupre is the owner of Rue B, a cocktail lounge in the East Village.

"He was trying to stab my hand into the top of my desk. I was very much resisting and pulling my hand away," Dupre said of Christopher Curanovic, who worked for Franzese at the time. "I impassionately tried to explain to them that it was a tiny bar and restaurant and I simply couldn't pay that much," he said, according to Five Families NYC, a blog about the mafia families of New York.

Dupre then went to police, who installed surveillance equipment and recorded him making the payments to Curanovic. Prosecutors called Dupre to the stand in order to help make the case that Franzese should be put away for a long time, due to his racketeering and extortion.

John Franzese Jr. was also called to the stand by prosecutors; he turned informant for the FBI and provided valuable information about his father's actions. He actually wore a wire and was able to record hours of conversation about Franzese Sr.'s plans and various schemes.

Franzese Jr. was actually one of his father's targets after Franzese Sr. learned he had worked with the FBI. One FBI official testified that Franzese Sr. had bragged about killing 60 people. He will be released in 2017, provided that he lives that long.

Ex-mob boss to emphasize to high school students “you are who you hang with - stay clean”

Ex-mob boss, Michael Franzese, a former captain of the Colombo crime family, will speak to a select group of about 400 including Fallbrook High students, staff, and community members on Jan. 30 to emphasize "you are who you hang with – stay clean." Franzese, who has publicly renounced organized crime and become a motivational speaker, will make the appearance to assist in a documentary called "Impact" being produced by Fallbrook High film and video production students.
Franzese has created the Breaking Out Foundation to help youth and says "if he can change, anyone can change." He is said to be focusing on trying to assist at-risk youth, professional and student athletes, and anyone seeking the inspiration to "beat the odds and make positive changes in their life." He promotes continuing education, community support and career guidance.
Franzese has spent more than a decade working with the NBA, MLB, NFL Teams, NCAA (more than 200 Division 1 NCAA colleges) and many other organizations.
A week prior to Franzese’s arrival, Dr. Jane Alvarez will be working with 10 to 15 high risk Fallbrook students. These students will then participate in all of Franzese’s presentations with follow-up discussions and exercises in hopes of making a difference in their lives.
The film students will be taping Franzese’s presentation and a question and answer period that will follow.
Film teacher Florene Villane made the initial contact with Franzese and began to make arrangements for his visit in August 2012. He is appearing free of charge.
The documentary will debut on May 18 at the Fallbrook High School Student Film Festival and be submitted for national competition.

Seagal extorter asks for presidential pardon

A reputed mob associate is turning to the White House for some muscle.
Julius R. Nasso, a film producer and former business partner of actor Steven Seagal, has asked President Obama to grant him an official pardon for his conviction on Mafia-linked extortion charges.
In 2003, Nasso was sentenced to serve a year and a day in federal prison after he was convicted of teaming up with the Gambino crime family to shake down Seagal.
Prosecutors said that Nasso turned to Gambino captain Anthony "Sonny" Ciccone to pressure Seagal over money the producer felt he was owed when the action film star supposedly backed out several movie projects.
Seagal took the witness stand in Brooklyn federal court during the trial of Peter Gotti - the brother of the Dapper Don, John Gotti - to recount an "uncomfortable" meeting with Ciccone at the old Gage & Tollner restaurant in downtown Brooklyn.
Authorities at the time described Nasso as a mob associate.
Yesterday Nasso filed more paperwork as part of his pending application with the Justice Department requesting a presidential pardon.
“I am NOT an associate of organized crime,” Nasso protested during his stay in an Ohio federal prison, according to official records.
It is not yet clear whether the White House will act.

30 Arrested in Extortion of Garbage Haulers

More than 30 reputed members and associates of three of New York City’s crime families were arrested Wednesday on charges they extorted money from major garbage hauling companies, according to an official with knowledge of the operation.
More than 30 alleged members and associates of the Genovese, Gambino and Lucchese crime families were arrested Wednesday on charges they extorted money from major garbage hauling companies.
Alleged members and associates of the Genovese, Gambino and Lucchese crime families were among those arrested in New York and New Jersey following a three-and-a-half-year investigation by the FBI, Westchester County Police and State Police, the official said.
The investigation focused on crimes committed against several garbage hauling companies operating in New York and New Jersey, the official said.
Extortion and loan sharking were among the most common of the charges the men face, the official said.

Thirty-Two Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Alleged Organized Crime Scheme to Control the Commercial Waste Disposal Industry

U.S. Attorney’s Office January 16, 2013
  • Southern District of New York (212) 637-2600
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George C. Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and George N. Longworth, the Commissioner of the Westchester County Police Department, today announced the unsealing of charges against 32 individuals as part of a multi-year investigation into organized crime’s alleged continuing control of large aspects of the commercial waste-hauling industry in the greater New York City metropolitan area and in parts of New Jersey. The main indictment charges 12 defendants under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise that asserted illegal and extortionate control over commercial waste-hauling companies and 17 other defendants with individual acts of extortion, loansharking, and other crimes associated with those activities. The charges are contained in three indictments, United States v. Franco, et al., United States v. Giustra, et al., and United States v. Lopez.
Thirty of the defendants were arrested this morning in connection with today’s charges and will be presented and arraigned in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox later this afternoon. Two defendants, Dominick Pietranico and Pasquale P. Cartalemi, are expected to surrender this week.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As alleged, organized crime still wraps its tentacles around industries it has fed off for decades, but law enforcement continues to pry loose its grip. Here, as described in the indictments, organized crime insinuated itself into the waste disposal industry throughout a vast swath of counties in New York and New Jersey, and the tactics they used to exert and maintain their control come right out of the mafia playbook—extortion, intimidation, and threats of violence. And while these accused mobsters may have hidden themselves behind seemingly legitimate owners of waste disposal businesses, law enforcement was able to pierce that veil through its painstaking, multi-year investigation. Organized crime has many victims—in this case small business owners who pay for waste removal, potential competitors, and the communities infected by this corruption and its cost. Organized crime is in a losing battle, and we and our law enforcement partners remain committed to its extinction.”
FBI Assistant Director in Charge George C. Venizelos said, “The indictments show the ongoing threat posed by mob families and their criminal associates. In addition to the violence that often accompanies their schemes, the economic impact amounts to a mob tax on goods and services. The arrests—the culmination of a long and thorough investigation—also show the ongoing determination of the FBI to diminishing the influence of La Cosa Nostra.”
Westchester County Police Department Commissioner George N. Longworth said, “The long-term partnership between the Westchester County Police and federal law enforcement is an important means of combating organized crime and ensuring that businesses in Westchester are free to operate without fear of extortion or undue influence.”
The following allegations are based on the indictments unsealed today and statements made in Manhattan federal court:
Twelve of the defendants, who are members and associates of three different Organized Crime Families of La Cosa Nostra (LCN)—the Genovese, Gambino, and Luchese Crime Families—are charged with participating in a RICO enterprise in which they worked together to control various waste disposal businesses in the New York City metropolitan area and multiple counties in New Jersey (the “Waste Disposal Enterprise,” or “Enterprise”). The Waste Disposal Enterprise was a criminal organization, the members of which engaged in crimes including extortion, loansharking, mail and wire fraud, and stolen property offenses. Carmine Franco, Anthony Pucciarello, Howard Ross, Anthony Cardinale, Peter Leconte, Frank Oliver, Charles Giustra, Dominick Pietranico, Joseph Sarcinella, William Cali, Scott Fappiano, and Anthony Bazzini (“Enterprise members”) were leaders and members of the Waste Disposal Enterprise who committed crimes as part of the racketeering conspiracy in order to accomplish the Enterprise’s goals of enhancing its power, financially enriching its members, and keeping its victims—including small business owners and potential competitors—in check by threatening economic and physical harm.
Waste Disposal Enterprise members avoided any official connection to the waste disposal businesses they controlled because they were either officially banned from the waste hauling industry or unlikely to be granted the necessary licenses required to do business in the waste hauling industry because of their affiliations with organized crime. Accordingly, Enterprise members concealed themselves behind waste disposal businesses that were officially owned and operated by non-Enterprise members (“Controlled Owners”), who were able to obtain the necessary licenses because they had no known affiliations with organized crime. Ultimately, Enterprise members exerted control over these waste disposal businesses by, among other things, dictating which trash pick-up stops that a particular hauling company could use and extorting payments in exchange for protection by individuals associated with organized crime. By asserting and enforcing purported “property rights” over the trash pick-up routes, the Enterprise members excluded any competitor that might offer lower prices or better service, in effect imposing a criminal tax on businesses and communities. Separately, some of the Controlled Owners were also committing crimes, including stealing property of competing waste disposal businesses and defrauding customers of their customers.
The operation of the Waste Disposal Enterprise was coordinated by and among factions of the LCN families through the use of “sit-downs” to determine which faction would control a particular waste disposal company and established the financial terms upon which control of that company could be transferred from one faction to another in return for payment.
During the time period alleged in the indictment, Enterprise members extorted a Controlled Owner, who, unknown to them, was a cooperating witness (the “CW”). The CW incorporated a waste removal company (the “CW Company”) that ultimately was controlled by a number of different factions of the Waste Disposal Enterprise.
At various times, the CW Company was under the control of Carmine Franco, a Genovese Crime Family associate who was banned by New Jersey authorities from maintaining any involvement in the waste hauling business in that state due to prior criminal convictions. A Genovese Crime Family crew based principally in Lodi, New Jersey (“Lodi Crew”), which included Genovese Family soldiers Anthony Pucciarello and Peter Leconte, as well as Genovese Family associates Anthony Cardinalle, Howard Ross, and Frank Oliver, subsequently wrested control of the CW’s waste company from Franch and further extorted the CW for weekly payments for “protection” from other LCN factions. In addition, at various times, a different faction of the Genovese Crime Family—led by Genovese soldiers Dominick “Pepe” Pietranico and Jopseh Sarcinella—and a Gambino Crime Family crew—including Gambino Family soldier Anthony Bazzini and associate Scott Fappiano—controlled the CW’s waste hauling company.
In addition to the 12 defendants charged as members of the Waste Disposal Enterprise, 17 defendants are charged with carrying out various illegal activities in relation to the waste hauling industry. These illegal activities include: extortion, mail and wire fraud conspiracy, and interstate transportation of stolen property.
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Charts identifying each defendant, the charges, and the maximum penalties, as well as the defendants’ ages and residency information are at the conclusion of this release. U.S. District Judges Kevin P. Castel, Colleen McMahon, and Laura Taylor Swain have been assigned to this case.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara thanked the FBI and the Westchester County Police Department for their work in the four-year investigation, which he noted is ongoing. Mr. Bharara also thanked the New York City Business Integrity Commission, the New York State Police, and the town of Orangetown Police Department for providing invaluable assistance with the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Arianna R. Berg, Natalie Lamarque, and Brian R. Blais are in charge of the prosecution. Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin S. Bell of the Office’s Asset Forfeiture Unit is responsible for the forfeiture of assets.
The charges contained in the indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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United States v. Franco, et al.
Count Charge Defendants Maximum Penalty
One RICO Conspiracy Carmine Franco;
Anthony Pucciarello; Howard Ross; Anthony Cardinalle; Peter Leconte; Frank Oliver; Charles Giustra; Dominick Pietranico; Joseph Sarcinella; William Cali; Scott Fappiano; Anthony Bazzini
20 years in prison
Two Extortion Carmine Franco 20 years in prison
Three Mail and wire fraud conspiracy Carmine Franco; Pasquale Carbone, Sr.; Gail Iorio; Dominick Rao 30 years in prison
Four Interstate transportation of stolen property Carmine Franco; Stephen Moscatello; Robert Franco Five years in prison
Five Interstate transportation of stolen property Carmine Franco; Robert Franco Five years in prison
Six Extortion conspiracy Anthony Pucciarello; Howard Ross; Anthony Cardinalle; Peter Leconte; Frank Oliver Five years in prison
Seven Extortion conspiracy William Cali; William Rivera 20 years in prison
Eight Extortion conspiracy Scott Fappiano; Anthony Bazzini 20 years in prison
Nine Conspiracy to make extortionate extensions of credit Dominick Pietranico; Joseph Sarcinella 20 years in prison
10 Making extortionate extensions of credit Dominick Pietranico; Joseph Sarcinella 20 years in prison
11 Conspiracy to collect extensions of credit by extortionate means Dominick Pietranico; Joseph Sarcinella 20 years in prison
12 Collecting extensions of credit by extortionate means Dominick Pietranico; Joseph Sarcinella 20 years in prison
13 Extortion conspiracy Mario Velez; Pasquale P. Cartalemi, Jr; Pasquale L. Cartalemi; Andrew McGuire 20 years in prison
14 Extortion Mario Velez; Pasquale P. Cartalemi, Jr; Pasquale L. Cartalemi 20 years in prison
15 Interstate transportation of stolen property Joseph Bertolino; Brian Petroll; Robert Zarzuela; Jonathan Greene Five years in prison
16 Interstate transportation of stolen property Thomas Giordano; Michael Russo; Louis Dontis Five years in prison

United States v. Giustra, et al.
Count Charge Defendants Maximum Penalty
One Trafficking in contraband cigarettes Charles Giustra; Vincent Dimino; Joseph Antico Five years in prison
Two Narcotics conspiracy Charles Giustra 40 years in prison
Three Interstate transportation of stolen property Charles Giustra Five years in prison

United States v. Lopez
Count Charge Defendants Maximum Penalty
One Felon in possession of a firearm Kenneth Lopez 10 years in prison

Name Age Resident
Carmine Franco 77 Ramsey, New Jersey
Anthony Pucciarello 77 Bloomfield, New Jersey
Howard Ross 53 Brooklyn, New York
Anthony Cardinalle 60 Saddle River, New Jersey
Peter Leconte 42 Lodi, New Jersey
Frank Oliver 46 North Haledon, New Jersey
Charles Giustra 51 Staten Island, New York
Dominick Pietranico 82 Mahopac, New York
Joseph Sarcinella 78 Scarsdale, New York
William Cali 59 Queens, New York
Scott Fappiano 51 Staten Island, New York
Anthony Bazzini 53 Glen Head, New York
Pasquale Carbone, Sr. 70 White Plains, New York
Gail Iorio 49 Succasunna, New Jersey
Dominick Rao 76 Suffern, New York
Stephen Moscatello 52 Piermont, New York
Robert Franco 50 Hartsdale, New York
William Rivera 47 Queens Village, New York
Mario Velez 44 Peekskill, New York
Pasquale P. Cartalemi, Jr. 50 Cortlandt Manor, New York
Pasquale L. Cartalemi 27 Cortlandt Manor, New York
Andrew McGuire 29 Hawthorne, New York
Joseph Bertolino 46 Wantage, New Jersey
Brian Petroll 47 Columbia, New Jersey
Robert Zarzuela 38 North Bergen, New Jersey
Jonathan Greene 47 Teaneck, New Jersey
Thomas Giordano 42 North Arlington, New Jersey
Michael Russo 50 Staten Island, New York
Louis Dontis 58 Staten Island, New York
Vincent Dimino 50 Brooklyn, New York
Joseph Antico 65 Staten Island, New York
Kenneth Lopez 39 Bronx, New York