Long time mobster Anthony “T.G.” Graziano has been “put on the shelf” or made inactive by leaders of the Bonanno crime family.
A former family capo and father of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano and creator Jennifer Graziano is now stripped of all mob responsibilities and rights according to mob sources because of his daughters’ appearances and involvement in the Mob Wives reality show. Despite his efforts to distance himself from the show constant reference made on the show about the families, legal troubles have members of the Bonanno family irate. Graziano was also sent back to prison last year on racketeering and extortion charges.
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But even as he sits is prison he was prominently used as part of the Mob Wives series often mentioned along with turncoat Bonanno associate Hector “Junior” Pagan. Pagan is the ex-husband of Renee Graziano and decided to become an informant and testify against his former father-n-law. Although being “put on the shelf” doesn’t “unmake” the elder mobster and is not a death sentence it does cut T.G. out of financial deals within the crime family mean he can’t earn. One law enforcement source said it basically tells other mobsters to “pay him no mind”.
A federal prosecutor says it can be a devastating penalty for a wise guy and sometimes such a blow that it becomes the reason for them to cooperate. It will be interesting to see what path Grazino now takes as he sits in prison and learns of his fate from here on out within the Bonanno family.