Carmine Avellino a reputed captain in the Lucchese crime family is out on bail after being indicted on extortion charges. The 70 year old alleged wiseguy was released on Monday after one of his daughters posted up her $1 Million dollar home as bail. Avellino is charged with sending a pair of fellow Lucchese family wiseguys Michael and Daniel Carpa to beat an elderly man who was late making payments on a $100,00 loan. Both Carpa brothers were also charged with extortion last year and are now also awaiting trial.
“Carmine Avellino (center)”
Prosecutors argued against letting Avellino out on bail saying that the alleged mobster was a danger to the community. Eventually Assistant U.S. Attorney Celia Cohen consented to his release after his daughter agreed to put her house up as bail. He was released under a strict 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew and will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Authorities claim that Carmine has been a long time member of the Lucchese family along with his brother Salvatore Avellino an alleged soldier in the same New York Mafia family. A trial date has yet to be announced.