A group of Genovese crime family mobsters and associates have coped plea deals to a range of mafia crime. In April of 2012 eleven wiseguys were busted on charges ranging from shaking down San Gennaro festival vendors and extorting major construction project contractors. The quintet of mobsters that coped plea’s on Wednesday included Genovese family captain Conrad Ianniello and soldiers James Bernardone and Salvester Zarzana along with mob associates Ryan Ellis and Paul Gasparrini. Ianniello who handled shake downs at the San Gennaro festival on behalf of the Genovese family is also charged with running union fixing scams and local illegal gambling operations for the crime family.
James Bernardone serves as Local 124 of the International Union of Journeymen and Allied Trades Secretary Treasurer. Fellow mob soldier Salvester Zarzana was formerly the head of Local 926 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. Ianniello plead guilty to gambling and extortion charges which Bernardone plead guilty to shaking down contractors on behalf of New York mafia in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. All of the wiseguys are currently out on bail and will remain out until they are sentencing which is scheduled for March 14th.