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Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino swaggers to mistrial in high-profile New York racketeering case

By David Amoruso

Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino took a huge gamble and won big yesterday when his high-profile racketeering case ended in a mistrial. After three weeks, followed by almost 30 hours of deliberations, the jury remained hopelessly deadlocked.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 21, 2018 at 4:40am — No Comments

Maryland’s Uniones and Molinos Clique of MS-13 hit with murder and racketeering indictment

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Authorities dealt yet another blow to MS-13 in its ongoing campaign against its number one target. Four alleged Maryland MS-13 gangsters were indicted on murder and racketeering charges on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 14, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Blacklisted: Albanian mob boss Naser Kelmendi built a criminal business empire on white heroin and ecstasy

By David Amoruso

Authorities have Naser Kelmendi’s number. The United States government blacklisted him under the Kingpin Act in 2012 because, it claims, he heads a crime family responsible for trafficking drugs through Afghanistan to Turkey and into Europe. Still, moving throughout Eastern Europe, Kelmendi proved an…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 3, 2018 at 10:33am — No Comments

The Big Bankroll: The rise and fall of New York mob boss Arnold Rothstein

By David Amoruso

A criminal mastermind. The man behind the scenes. Mob kingpin. Arnold Rothstein can be described in many ways. Known on the streets as “The Big Bankroll,” he financed countless major criminal schemes and enterprises as he rose to prominence in New York’s gangland. But at heart, he was a gambler. Through…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 28, 2018 at 9:36am — No Comments

Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino hits hospital with chest pains – Racketeering trial delayed

By David Amoruso

Is the stress of a long life in the Mafia finally becoming too much for Philadelphia mob boss…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 12, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

“We’ve been ruling here for 40 years!” – 2 mayors arrested, €50M worth of assets seized in ‘Ndrangheta bust

By David Amoruso

The power of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria’s Mafia, seems to have no limits. Authorities in Italy have arrested around 170 people, including two mayors, in Italy and Germany in a largescale operation aimed at the Farao-Marincola ‘Ndrangheta clan. Assets worth over €50 million euros were also seized. “We have…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 9, 2018 at 11:32am — No Comments

Patriarca Mafia family enforcer Frank “Bobo” Marrapese dies behind bars at age 74

By David Amoruso

Timing is everything. They denied New England mob enforcer Frank “Bobo” Marrapese’s parole on September 15, 2017. He died early yesterday morning at Rhode Island Hospital at age 74. He was serving a 9-year sentence for racketeering, extortion, and loansharking.

Though he was very close to dying in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 23, 2017 at 4:55am — No Comments

Two more members of Genovese Mafia family’s Springfield crew plead guilty to extortion-related charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

61-year-old Francesco Depergola and 52-year-old Gerald Daniele, two associates of the Genovese crime family’s crew in Springfield,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 8, 2017 at 9:48am — No Comments

Operation OTremens: How Mafia families in New York and Canada continue cooperating in global drug trade

By David Amoruso

“Always the dollars. Always the fuckin' dollars.” – Nicky Santoro, movie Casino

Authorities in the United States and Canada arrested a total of thirteen alleged members of the Mafia yesterday for their involvement in a largescale drug trafficking pipeline spanning both countries. Among those arrested are…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Members of Genovese crime family’s Springfield crew plead guilty to extortion charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Two associates of the Genovese crime family’s crew in Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to extortion-related charges on Monday. 50-year-old Ralph Santaniello and 54-year-old Giovanni Calabrese admitted to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 7, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Former Lucchese mobster Frank Gioia outed as multi-million-dollar fraudster while in Witness Protection

By David Amoruso

Lucchese family mobster who flipped and helped send dozens of New York wiseguys to prison has been outed as a fraudster who scammed mall owners and developers out of tens of millions of dollars while in the Witness…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Members of Chicago’s Four Corner Hustlers gang charged with racketeering and multiple gangland slayings

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Nine alleged members of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang in Chicago were charged this week with participating in a criminal organization that murdered six people and violently protected drug-dealing territories on the city’s West and Southwest Sides.

Prosecutors say that the Four Corner Hustlers dealt…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 24, 2017 at 3:13am — No Comments

Profile: Patriarca mob family enforcer Frank “Bobo” Marrapese Jr.

By David Amoruso

New England’s Patriarca crime family isn’t what it used to be, but as long as it can rely on the muscle and reputation of tough old-timers it will remain an underworld force. One of those hard men is longtime mob enforcer Frank “Bobo” Marrapese Jr., a man convicted of murder who refused to say farewell to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 17, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Lucchese family mobster planned to escape from Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, prosecutors say

By David Amoruso

He’s a wiseguy who took his flossing seriously. Christopher Londonio, an alleged soldier in New York’s Lucchese crime family, was charged Wednesday with planning to escape from the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 16, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments

Profile: Genovese family underboss Venero Mangano

By David Amoruso

Genovese crime family underboss Venero Mangano had a long and distinguished career. Two careers, actually. And in both he proved he had a sharp mind and balls of steel. He also showed one could live a long life and die of old age where most of his comrades died violently by bombs and bullets.

Born on September 7, 1921, Mangano was…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 19, 2017 at 6:23am — No Comments

‘Shot-Caller’ of Mexican Mafia-controlled gang gets 15-year prison sentence in federal racketeering case

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

One of the leaders of the Hazard street gang – a Mexican Mafia-controlled criminal enterprise that has been responsible for criminal activity in and around the Ramona Gardens housing complex in Boyle Heights for decades – was sentenced on today to 15 years in prison for his conviction on federal racketeering and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 7, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Texas Mexican Mafia leaders and members sentenced to lengthy prison terms for RICO conspiracy

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Several leaders and members of the Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) have been ordered to significant terms in prison during hearings on Monday and Tuesday for their roles in a Racketeer Influence Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy. All of them were charged in a conspiracy involving criminal activities such as…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 29, 2017 at 4:21am — No Comments

Colombo family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese, at 100 years America’s oldest inmate, released from prison

By David Amoruso

Well, well, guess who’s back? Former Colombo crime family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese is back on the streets after being released from prison on Friday. The longtime wiseguy was welcomed home with open arms by his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 24, 2017 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

Gambino mobster Carmine Agnello gets off with a slap on the wrist and goes back to lucrative business as usual

By Robert Sberna

In July 2015, when police in Cleveland, Ohio arrested former Gambino mobster Carmine Agnello, authorities crowed that they were sending a stern message that their city was off-limits to organized crime.

Prosecutors at the time brought a dozen charges including racketeering and conspiracy against Agnello, whose…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 15, 2017 at 5:20am — No Comments

Russian Mafia boss Razhden Shulaya ran nationwide criminal enterprise from Brighton Beach to Las Vegas

By David Amoruso

Razhden Shulaya’s influence reached far. As a bona fide “Vor” – the Russian Mafia’s equivalent of a made guy – he was feared and revered by his underlings and had powerful connections in the Eastern European underworld. But…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 8, 2017 at 9:07am — No Comments

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