Lucchese Family Boss Amuso may hold the title but Crea the power

 

Vittorio “Vic” Amuso is now in his 23rd year behind bars but many still believe that even though he has been out of circulation and off the streets for so long he still holds the rank as boss of the Lucchese crime family. He took over as boss of the Lucchese family back in 1986 after former boss Antonio “Tony Ducks” Corallo was convicted as part of the mafia commission case. Underworld sources back in 2012 reported that Amuso had stepped down as boss of the family but recent reports claim that those reports may have been a bit premature and that Vic still holds the crown and has now for nearly a quarter century. But one has to wonder after being off the streets for more then 20 years now how much power can Amuso still have over the crime family.

 

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“Vittorio (Vic) Amuso”

 

Steven “Stevie Wonder” Crea was said to have taken over as boss of the mafia family back in 2012. New law enforcement sources have reported that they believe that Amuso is still in fact the undisputed boss. But Crea definitely seems to be a force on the streets today for the Lucchese’s and perhaps Amuso still holds the title but Crea holds the power. If Amuso is still considered to be the boss by the feds it would seem that he is no more then a figure head for the family and keeps his stripes and rank as boss to keep heat off those running things on the streets.

 

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“Steven Crea”

 

Crea is the one calling the shots today for the New York mafia family and has the final word. He has always been a solid earner for the family and is said to be well respected by all factions. So even though the feds may still consider the imprisoned Amuso as the Lucchese family boss it can definitely be debated as to his functionality. It seems clear that the power shift with in the Cosa Nostra family has already happened and whether Crea is labled as acting boss, street boss, or simply boss he has been the guiding force behind the crime family for some time now.

 

The Lucchese’s have seemingly done well so far under the leadership of Crea operting quietly and avoiding any major convictions over the last few years. One has to wonder if these recent reports are not just a shot by the feds to shake the tree and see if they can pick up any new information as to he families real current hierarchy.

 

 

Gambino mobster Joe Isgro arrested in Los Angeles

 

Joseph Isgro was picked up in Los Angeles and is set to be returned to New York to face gambling charges. Isgro is an Academy Award nominated producer and record promoter but authorities claim he is also a Gambino crime family mobster. Back in 2000 he was identified in an affidavit by the FBI as one of 192 members of the Gambino family and held the rank of soldier. He was also convicted in 2000 for running a loan sharking operation in Beverly Hills and was sentenced to 50 months in prison. Authorities claimed he was lending money to people in financial distress with a 5% a week interest rate and using subordinates to threaten any one falling behind on payments.

 

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“Joseph Isgro”

 

He produced the 1992 20th Century Fox film “Hoffa” starring Danny DeVito and Jack Nicholson about the former mobbed up union leader. Also a vietnam veteran being awarded the Purple Heart Isgro has a very colorful past. He spent much of the 1990′s trying to avoid federal racketeering charges along with payola charges. When he was previously indicted and asked about his mafia association he told the LA Times “I’m a soldier all right, A decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, and a proud member of the Isgro family.”

 

 

Bonanno family capo Nicky Santora declines plea deal

 

Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora reputed captain in the Bonanno crime family rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors. If he agreed to plead guilty to one count of enterprise corruption prosecutors he would of been looking at sentencing guidelines of 7-21 years. The deal could of shaved approx a year of the minimal sentence he is going to face if he goes to trial and is found guilty. Defense lawyer Michael Alber said his client did not like the deal being offered and that prosecutors were attempting to link people who don’t even recognize each other except for their time in court.

 

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“From left: Vito Badamo, Ernest Aiello, Anthony Santoro and Nicholas Santora in court.”

 

Nicky Mouth Santora now 71 inspired the character played by Bruno Kirby in the 1997 mafia movie “Donnis Brasco”. He along with eight other mob associates were busted on multiple charges of typical mafia related rackets including loan sharking and drug dealing. Each of the defendants is facing a possible sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

 

Anthony “Skinny” Santoro was also offered a plea deal of 9-18 years in prison if he plead guilty but like his fellow mobster rejected it. It would of been the second longest term behind that offered to Nicky Mouth. Tim Parlatore the defense attorney for Santoro called the offer ridiculous for a non-violent gambling offense. Santora remains behind bars but bond was set at $1 Million dollars.

 

 

Stallone to play role of former Colombo mobster Greg Scarpa in upcoming movie

Greg “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa a former capo in the Colombo crime family and FBI informant could be played by Sylvester Stallone in upcoming movie. A screenplay about the life of the infamous mobster by Nick Pileggi who also wrote both Casino and Goodfellas is set to be made into a movie.   It will cover the mafia life of Scarpa and the numerous murders he was involved in along with his career as a top echelon FBI informant. Pileggi called it a fabulous story and according to him Stallone is definitely interested in playing the part of Scarpa. It would be produced by Irwin Winkler of Rocky fame along with Avi Lener, who did The Expendables series.
 

Greg Scarpa

“Greg Scarpa”

 

He was a proven hard core mobster and rose through the ranks of the New York Mafia as part of the Colombo family becoming one of families more powerful capo’s. He ran a crew which included many members who themselves went on to be high ranking Colombo members. His was known for his violence and brutal ways which earned him the nickname “The Grim Reaper”. As the chief enforcer for former Colombo boss Carmine Persico he was responsible for at least three murders during the bloody Colombo family war in the early 1990′s.
 

Besides his life as a made man in the Colombo family Scarpa also led a very interesting life as an informant having had a hand in the famous “Mississippi Burning” case. J. Edgar Hover then the FBI director called upon Scarpa to help find the bodies of the missing civil rights workers down and bring the killers to justice. The Grim Reaper proved to be a good choice as he orchestrated the kidnapping of a member of the local Ku Klux Klan and tortured him for days. According to reports he pulled the Klan members finger nails out and pistol whipped him repeatedly before finally threatening to blow is brains out if he didn’t supply the information he needed.

Mob Wives Alicia DiMichele agrees to new plea deal

 

Alicia DiMichele the sexy former “Mob Wives” reality TV star and wife of Colombo crime family mobster Edward “Tall Guy” Garofalo Jr has agreed to a new plea deal. DiMichele handled the books for her husbands mafia linked trucking company and helped to embezzle funds from Teamsters Local 282. She has plead guilty previously but withdrew that guilty plea when the union demanded $2.8 million dollars in restitution. The new plea agreement calls for the former Mob Wives star to pay $40,000 in restitution and faces up to six months in prison.

 
DiMichele’s lawyer claims that years of litigation and her husband being in jail on murder conspiracy charges has take a toll on the family financially. Her brother Anthony had to step in a assist her with the first payment of $20,000 of the $40,000 restitution that is to be paid. Alicia resigned from the show Mob Wives earlier this year but was reported to be making $8,000 per episode during her time on the show and she is still the owner of New Jersey based Addiction Boutique.

 

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“Alicia DiMichele”

She is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Federal Court next month where she will plead guilty as agreed upon in the latest plea deal. Whether or not she will join her mobster husband behind bars is still unknown.