Ndrangheta mafia meeting secretly recorded


Ndrangheta also known as the Calabrian Mafia were secretly recorded having a meeting in the town of Frauenfeld in Switzerland by Swiss and Italian police. The meeting of a dozen of so alleged Calabrian mafia members has given what authorities are calling an valuable insight into the expansion of the Ndrangheta and its rituals. The meeting was recorded as part of a two year long investigation which ended with the arrest of 18 alleged mobsters. The mafia gathering could of been a scene right out of The Godfather.


Antonio Nesci nicknamed “Cucchiaruni” which in Calabrain dialect means “Swiss mountain” the assumed boss is seen in video telling his fellow mobsters about the background of the local clan. He says the organization has been established since the 1970′s in the small Swiss town and tells younger members to respect the “clean” reputation that the mafia has built there. He also refers to the regulations of the Ndrangheta which date back to the 1800′s.


Nesci also says decision of murder and extortion must be referred to those in the organization that are specifically designated for those tasks in a chilling reminder of mob uncompromising violence. He says “You can work in everything – extortion, cocaine, heroin,” to his fellow members. The Swiss cell has been linked to the Fabrizia clan and Mazzaferro clan back in Italy.


It is believed that Nesci would report directly to the Fabrizia clan boss Giuseppe Antonio Primerano. The Fabrizia clan boss is said to have links to the head of the Ndrangheta or “Capocrimine” Domenico Oppedisano. The 83 year old was said to have been appointed to what the is equivalent to the “boss of bosses” in Cosa Nostra back in 2009. He was arrested back in 2010 and is now serving a 13 year sentence on charges of mafia association but maintains.



Feds hope to flip Philly mafia associate Ronald Galati


Ronald Galati has been charged with murder solicitation and insurance fraud and the feds hope the severity of those charges may influence him to flip. Although he is not a made man in the Philadelphia mafia Galati has long had mob ties and was known to welcome mobsters pack from prison with jobs at his garage. He is accused of ordering a failed hit attempt on Andrew Tuono and staging bogus car wreck scene’s to defraud various insurance companies. He was convicted back in the 1990′s for insurance fraud charges but kept quiet and did his time.


ronald galati


According to a grand jury witness against him Galati was quoted as saying “I live my life to cheat insurance companies. My high every day is to cheat insurance companies”. The three hit men he allegedly hired for the Tuono hit Jerome Johnson, Alvin Matthews, and Ronald Walker are believed to now be cooperating with authorities. It would seem that the deck is definitely not stacked in Galati’s favor would be decide to go to trial.


Prosecutors claim he has close ties to high ranking Philly mob members like Joseph Ligambi , Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, and George Borgesi among others. These close friendships definitely make him a target for the feds to turn especially now that he faces such stiff charges with what seems like a solid amount of evidence. Ligambi’s son was also one of the men charged along with Ronald in the 69 count indictment.



Colombo family capo Thomas Petrizzo wants off easy for 9/11 scheme


Thomas Petrizzo a captain in the Colombo crime family charged with shaking down debris haulers at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorists attack is facing sentencing and wants off easy. His attorney claims he is a upstanding and hard working citizen who is deeply remorseful for the small part he played in the scheme. He claims his client was only briefly involved in the mafia run kick back scam back in 2009. The defense has asked Brooklyn Federal Judge Sandra Townes to sentence the defendant to probation although the recommend sentence under his guilty plea is from 10-16 months.


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Prosecutors agreed to reduce the mandatory sentence guidelines down to 8 month for the aging mobster but urged the judge to sentence the long time New York Mafia member accordingly. They noted that he has been a long time member of the Colombo family and has been arrested for violent criminal activity since 1964. They also requested that he be fined $5,000 and be forced to pay back a restitution of a little over $34,000 due to his financial stability.


Letters of support were sent to the court in support of Petrizzo also asked the judge to go easy at sentencing. One even called the mob linked New Jersey contractor “the unsung hero if the building of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center back in 1970″. Sentencing has been pushed back a month to allow the Probation Department to complete a final pre-sentence report on the defendant.



Bonanno family pot ring leader sentenced


John “Big Man” Venizelos has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a mafia linked marijuana trafficking ring. Prosecutors say Venizelos is an associate of the Bonanno crime family and was one of the biggest New York customers of Jimmy “Cosmo” Cournoyer an alleged Canadian drug kingpin. The operation was an alliance between the Bonanno family, Montreal mafia namely the Rizzuto family, and the Hells Angels according to prosecutors.


Jimmy Cournoyer and John Venizeloa

“Jimmy Cournoyer and John Venizelos”


Federal agents busted up the ring back in 2013 seizing more then $150,00 of drug money along with illegal narcotics, guns, and encrypted blackberry devices. Venizelos also got into trouble for attempted witness tampering when he was caught sending encrypted messages from a blackberry to colleagues telling them that Cournoyer was bankrolling a murder fund to whack informants.


Cournoyer also arrested in that 2013 bust is still awaiting sentencing.



Bonanno family trial – prosecutors want anonymous jury


Bonanno crime family members including reputed acting boss Tommy “Tommy D” DiFiore and captain Vincent Asaro are heading to trial and prosecutors are now asking for an anonymous jury. Recent court filings revealed that prosecutors have requested a partially sequestered and anonymous jury for the upcoming trial because of the high ranking nature of the mafia members. They have specifically asked that the names,addresses, and employment info for each juror to not be revealed to the defendants or defense attorneys and that each juror be escorted to and from the court room and during all recesses daily by U.S. Marshalls.


Thomas Di Fiore is escorted by FBI agents from their Manhattan offices in New York

“Tommy DiFiore  (center)”


Along with DiFiore and Asaro on trial are fellow Bonanno family members Jack Bonventre an alleged acting capo, Jerome Asaro an alleged capo, and alleged soldier John Ragano. Prosecutors point to the mafia’s and Bonanno family’s long history of being able to obstruct justice including many cases of jury tampering. They outlined the capacity and willingness of defendants Vincent Asaro and Jerome Asaro to engage in such behavior including committing murder.


The defendants were part of a mafia sweep targeting the New York mafia family back in January of this year and has been touted as having links to the infamous Lufthansa heist from 1978 with Vincent Asaro being charged with crimes related to that heist. The Asaro’s are also racing murder related charges with other defendants including acting boss DiFiore facing other racketeering, extortion, and gambling charges. Both of the Asaro’s are facing possible life sentences if convicted.