Son of Gambino capo accused of overtime work scam in Long Island
Frank Pizzonia, son of alleged Gambino capo Dominick “Skinny Dom” Pizzonia, was busted last Thursday in the Long Island Rail Road overtime scam – which resulted in the Skinny Dom telling the NY Post, “Fuhgeddaboudit!”
Pizzonia alongside the alleged “overtime king” Thomas Caputo and three others, are accused of “…repeatedly covering for one another’s absences from work,” according to the unsealed indictment residing in Manhattan federal court.
He was arrested and brought to the federal court in Manhattan, where he was soon released on $100,000 bond pending arraignment last Wednesday with his co-defendants.
The MTA, where Pizzonia has been an employed track worker since 1988, suspended him without pay following his arrest. The Empire Center for Public Policy payroll records show that Pizzonia’s wage was $35 per hour, which earned him $271,913 for 2019. This allegedly includes $189,297 in overtime pay, according to the Empire Center source.
In 2018, Frank Pizzonia earned a total of $305,477, while Caputo brought in an agency-leading $461,000 paycheck. The agency’s chairman earned less than Caputo in that year.
Pizzonia Sr. is a reputed Gambino capo who allegedly plotted the murders of a couple who robbed his social club, Cafe Liberty in Ozone Park, which he was eventually convicted for in 2007.
“Skinny Dom, 79, served a 15-year prison sentence before getting sprung in December 2019, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website. He also allegedly served as a back-up shooter during the infamous, 1985 rubout of Gambino boss Paul Castellano outside Sparks Steak House in a power grab by the late “Dapper Don” John Gotti, according to the “Gangland News” website, but was never charged in that slaying,” sited the NY Post.
Last Thursday he shouted “Fuhgeddaboudit!” and slammed the door after being told that the NY Post was looking for his son.
All five defendants in the Long Island Rail Road overtime scam were charged with federal program fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States. They face 15 years maximum if convicted.