Eight of ten members and associates of the Gambino crime family stayed in custody after pleading not guilty on racketeering charges Wednesday – after a years-long international operation to bring the alleged criminals to justice. The Gambino men, from Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Long Island, have allegedly been wreaking havoc in New York for the past 27 years. Salvatore DiLorenzo was the only one of the mobsters allowed to walk free on Wednesday night after nine of them pled not guilty. He was released on a $500,000 bond.
Kyle Johnson, 46, known as ‘Twin,’ and Angelo Gradilone, 57, known as ‘Fifi,’ Diego ‘Danny’ Tantillo, and the alleged captain of the Gambino crime ring – 52-year-old Joseph Lanni – were all remanded in jail with no possibility of bond. Lanni’s wife burst out crying when her husband – known by nicknames ‘Joe Brooklyn,’ and ‘Mommino’ – was remanded. He blew her a kiss from behind the bench. Tantilo and Gradilone’s attorneys both told DailyMail.com after the arraignment that their clients are innocent.
The four remanded were all done so because the state sees them as a flight risk, likely to threaten witnesses and use facilities of the crime syndicate to help with intimidation. U.S.-based Sicilian Mafia members Vito Rappa, 46, and Francesco Vicari, 46 – who is known as ‘Uncle Ciccio’ – as well as Robert Brooke and Vincent Minsquero, 36, known as ‘Vinny Slick’ were granted release on $1million bond but stayed for 24 hours so the government can appeal. They will see their immediate fates determined at a hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Pictured: DOJ prosecutors.
A scathing 16-count federal indictment and detention document has now laid bare the violent extortions, assaults, arson, and racketeering conspiracies the alleged mobsters undertook – ahead of their arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court today. The infamous Italian-American crime syndicate made up one of the ‘Five Families’ known for their racketeering, gambling and loansharking. The defendants now variously face maximum sentences between 20 and 180 years’ imprisonment. The ‘Gambino 10’ takedown was made possible by the coordinated work between the FBI, NYPD, and Italian law enforcement. Pictured: Joseph Lanni’s wife with their daughter.
James Smith, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI, said today as the arrests were announced: ‘These defendants learned the hard way that the FBI is united with our law enforcement locally and internationally in our efforts to eradicate the insidious organized crime threat. Those arrested are alleged to have taken part in a racketeering conspiracy in an attempt to control the carting and demolition industries in the city. The FBI will continue to lead the fight against organized crime and ensure that individuals willing to cross the line face punishment in the criminal justice system.’
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