Gambino family mobster Anthony Moscatiello guilty on murder charge

 

Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello has been convicted by a Miami jury for the 2001 murder of Miami Subs founder and businessman Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis. Prosecutors proved to the jury that Moscatiello ordered the mob hit on Boulis over a dispute for control of the SunCruz Casinos boat fleet. This brings the case to an end after co-defendant Anthony “Little Tony” Ferrari was convicted back in 2013 and co-defendant James “Pudgy” Fiorillo was allowed to plead guilty to just a conspiracy charge after becoming a government witness.

 

anthony moscatiello

Anthony Moscatiello

 

According to prosecutors Moscatiello was a member of the Gambino crime family and had ties to former Gambino boss John Gotti. Authorities believed the hit was carried out by a mob associate named John Gurino who was killed back in 2003. Key evidence included calls made from Ferrari to Moscatiello who was at the time in New York along with testimony from other organized crime figures that Big Tony had approached them about getting rid of Boulis before hit man John Gurino.
 
Ferrari has already been sentenced to life in prison and the 77 year old Moscatiello now faces a similar outcome.

 

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Lucchese Family mobsters indicted for murder of Michael Meldish

 

Lucchese crime family mobster Christopher Londonio and mob associate Terrence Caldwell have been indicted on murder charges in the mob hit on Michael Meldish former leader of the infamous NY Purple Gang. Meldish was shot to death back in November 15, 2013 while sitting in his car in front of his home. According to the Bronx District Attorney’s office both men have been linked to the crime by phone records, license plate readers, and DNA evidence.

 

michael meldish

 

The Purple Gang led by Michael and his brother Joseph were a feared crew in the 1970’s and 80’s controlling the Harlem and Bronx heroin trade. The group was affiliated with the New York Mafia through the Lucchese, Bonanno, and Genovese families working in part as muscle and freelance killers. They took the name “Purple Gang” from a feared crew who once ruled in Detroit in the prohibition era and had become a powerful force on streets back in the 1970’s.

At one point authorities believed the group had become powerful enough to ignite a mob war by attempting to become the area’s sixth organized crime group. Then in the mid to late 1980’s the crews power began to dwindle as many of its members were convicted in various drug busts. Authorities say Meldish is believed to have carried out at least 10 hits during the 1970’s and 80’s with his brother Joseph believed to have been part of as many as 70 contract killings. Joe Meldish is currently serving a 12 year sentence for his role in a 1999 mafia hit.

Londonio was out on bail for a Bronx weapons charges indictment before being hit with federal gun charges putting him behind bars while the state presented evidence of his alleged involvement in the Meldish hit. Both defendants have plead not guilty to the charges although Londorio’s attorney Robert Blossner withdrew from the case because an indiclosed conflict of interest. Blossner also represents Lucchese family capo Matthew Madonna who sources say is part of a continuing investigation into the Meldish murder.

Top Lucchese family mobsters plead guilty to illegal gambling charges

 

Lucchese crime family mobsters have plead guilty to running a multi billion dollar illegal gambling enterprise. Six members of the Lucchese family were indicted back in 2010 after an investigation led to the dismantling of the illegal betting ring. The operation took in an estimated $2.2 billion dollars of illegal wagers using a wire room based in Costs Rica and password protected websites.

 

Ralph V Perna

Ralph Perna

Among those who plead guilty were Ralph V. Perna, Martin Taccetta, John Mangrella, and Matthew Madonna. According to authorities Perna ran the Lucchese family operations in New Jersey along with his two sons who were also indicted and plead guilty. Taccetta is a former leader of the Lucchese family’s New Jersey crew who is currently serving a life sentence for a separate conviction. Mangrella is considered to be a senior member of the New York mafia family and Madonna once served on the families three man ruling panel.

 

Martin Taccetta

Martin Taccetta

Under terms of the plea agreement prosecutors will recommend a prison term of 8 years for the elder Perna and terms of 10 years for each of his sons Joseph Perna and John Perna. Prosecutors will also recommend prison terms of 8 years each for Mangrella, Madonna, and Taccetta.

 

Matthew Madonna

Matthew Madonna

Charges are still pending against Joseph DiNapoli another high ranking Lucchese family member and a third Perna son Ralph M. Perna according to court records.

Gambino family mobster James Dellaratta catches a break from the feds

 

James “Jimmy Boy” Dellaratta a former acting capo in the Gambino crime family was sentenced to probation for hijacking a load of counterfeit cigarettes back in 2010 worth approx $1 million dollars. A prison term of 18 months was recommended for the crime but the 73 year old mobster got a nice break from the feds because of his poor health. Jimmy Boy got an even bigger break when Gambino leaders decided not to exact punishment for the defection of Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli a member of his old crew.

 

James Dellaratta

James Dellaratta and Blaise Corozzo back in 2005

 

In 2012 the New York mafia learned that Stefanelli had agreed to wear a wire for the feds after being nabbed in a drug dealing case. He was a member of the crew supervised by acting capo Dellaratta at the time and secretly recorded conversations with fellow mobsters including Jimmy Boy among others in various mob families in five states for almost 2 years. Nicky Skins ended up committing suicide after being told his undercover work was ending and he was to be prepped to testify against wiseguys in Philadelphia.

Dellaratta’s close ties to powerful Gambino family captains Leonard DiMaria and Nicholas “Little Nick” Corozzo along with the fact that Stefanelli killed himself before testifying helped him avoid any major recrimination for the defection. In the end the Nicky Skins tapes have only led to one relatively minor case against Dellaratta and some mafia associates.

Making of The Mob: New York Premieres Monday June 15

 

Making of The Mob: New York one of the more anticipated mafia TV series is set to make its premiere on Monday June 15th on AMC at 10/9c. The eight part mini series is a docu-drama which chronicles the history of the New York Mafia and its original five families. It will cover 50 years of the American Mafia going all the way back to 1905 with in depth looks into the rise of the mob and many of its legendary made men. Featuring dramatic scenes, archival footage, and groundbreaking VFX the new mob series is sure to be a hit.

 

Making of The Mob New York

 

The show will cover legendary events and mobsters such as Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Vito Genovese and many more. It will also feature interviews and information from various law enforcement sources along with family members of many of these historical mobsters. Narrated by Ray Liotta the series should supply us with a fresh new look into the mafia in New York and its historical rise to power.

Its sure to be one of the more interesting 2015 mafia shows as AMC usually does a very good job with docu-drama series such as this. Each new episode of the show will be accompanied by a lead in of various mafia movies from the AMC movie vault like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Donnie Brasco among others.