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|2017-09-04| 'Ndrangheta boss arrested in Uruguay after being on the run for 23 years
Rocco Morabito, the boss of the Morabito cosche in Africo, Calabria, has been arrested in Montevideo, the capital of Urugay. He had been on the run for 23 years and was considered to be one of the most dangerous mafiosi on Italy's most wanted list. Police believe that after his disappearance in 1994 he lived a luxurious life in Uruguay from where he controlled a big portion of the cocaine trade between South-America and Milan. He and his family were living under a false name, until at one point Morabito enrolled his daughter at a local school under his real name, which triggered the police. He will now be extradited to Italy.
|2017-08-19| Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano dies aged 95
Venero Mangano, the longtime underboss of the Genovese family and relative to Vincent Mangano, died yesterday in Greenwich Village, where he had run most of his operations. Being born in 1921, Venero had witnessed the golden age of the Mafia. His first conviction dated from 1946 for illegal bookmaking. In 1991 he was arrested as one of the leading figures in the so called Windows Case, where the Mafia had made millions of dollars through a long running scheme of replacing windows in city housing projects. In 1997 he refused to testify at the trial of boss Vincent Gigante for which he received an additional prison sentence. Mangano was eventually released from prison in 2006. Since then he sat on a ruling panel which kept control over the Genovese family.
|2017-06-23| John Franzese released from prison
John "Sonny" Franzese, the former underboss of the Colombo family, was released from prison today. At the age of 100, he was the oldest living inmate in America. Franzese has been in and out of jail since 1967, when he was sentenced to 50 years for bankrobbery and extortion. He has been paroled several times, but ended back in prison each time. While being a free man again, he will go to live with his daughter in Brooklyn.
|2017-06-19| Former Patriarca family boss passes away
Peter Limone, the former alleged boss of the Patriarca Family, has passed away. He had been suffering from cancer for the past few years. Limone is best known for being locked away for 33 years for a murder he did not commit. In 2001, after it became known that a former FBI-informant had been lying about the case and it's culprits, Limone was freed from jail and received a massive 26$ million as compensation.
|2017-05-31| Lucchese family targetted in massive FBI takedown
About 24 alleged members and associates of the Lucchese Crime Family have been indicted by the FBI and NYPD. Amongst those charged are Matthew Madonna and Steven Crea Sr. They are being charged with multiple crimes such as the murder of former Mafia hitman Michael Meldish, drug trafficking and trafficking in contraband cigarettes. According to a NY Post report, the Lucchese family also turned an expansion of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital into a real money maker. Steven Crea Jr., who had long standing bonds with Sparrow Construction, the constructor of the hospital, was responsible for fueling building expenses up to about 5$ million, which made it's way to the pockets of the Lucchese family. "The heating and ventilation system cost $2.3 million to install. Yet the hospital still paid somebody $5 million for it", the source said.
|2017-05-23| Sicilian mob boss gunned down in Palermo
Giuseppe Dainotti, a reputed gangster with close ties to the Porta Nuova coche, was shot dead today on a street in Palermo while driving his bicycle. Dainotti was known for a big heist in august 1991, when he and several henchmen stole loads of jewelry worth up to 18 billion lire from a Sicilian bank. In 1998 he was arrested and sentenced to life for theft and robbery, but also for the murders of Antonino Rizzuto and Mario D'Aleo. In 2014 he was released from prison, but maintained a feud with Porta Nuova boss Giovanni Di Giacomo, which has now ended with his death. Dainotti was 67 years old.
|2017-01-14| Nicodemo "Nicky" Scarfo passes away aged 87
Nicodemo "Nicky Scarfo, the former boss of the Philadelphia based Scarfo family, has passed away at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. His rise to leadership was marked with bloodshed as a violent Mafia war against Harold Riccobene lasted for years. During his reign as boss Scarfo was heavily involved in scheming casino profits from Atlantic City. Scarfo, who was described as having a violate temper, was responsible for over two dozen murders. In 1989 he was convicted of RICO charges and 8 murders and was sentenced to dead, which was later overturned to a prison sentence of 55 years.
|2016-12-21| Raynald Desjardins sentenced to 14 years
Montreal mobster Raynald Desjardins, who turned hostile on his former boss Vito Rizzuto by forming a coalition to challenge the Rizzuto leadership, has been sentenced to 14 years after agreeing on a charge of murder conspiracy and thus avoiding a lengthy trial with possible harsher outcome. His guilt was shown true several text messages on his Blackberry. Desjardins, 63, has been detained for the last five years for ordering the murder of Salvatore Montagna, whom he believed was responsible for a botched hit on Desjardins live. He was also charged for illegal gun possession.
|2016-11-22| Last boss of the Magaddino Crime Family passes away
With the passing of Leonardo Falzone, the 81-year old leader of the Buffalo based Magaddino family, it is thought that the tenure of the family has come to an end. According to the FBI the Mafia in Buffalo was already declining over the past decade, eversince Joseph Todaro, Sr resigned. Falzone, as a young man, became active in the Buffalo mob during the last years of legendary boss Stefano Magaddino as a union racketeer. His last conviction goes back to 1999, when he was sentenced for racketeering and loansharking. He was also linked to the 1980 killing of informant William Sciolino. With Falzone dead it is likely that the Buffalo Crime Family will perish since many believe there is nothing left of the large criminal empire it once was.
|2016-10-19| Guns for ancient artifacts. How the 'Ndrangheta mixtures with ISIS.
Journalist Domenico Quirico from La Stampa went through serious lengths to uncover a secret and illegal trade between the 'Ndrangheta and jihadist terror group ISIS. Quirico went undercover as a rich art dealer from Turin and found contact with art collectors who maintain strong ties to the 'Ndrangheta. One such collector showed him a marble statue of emperor August from the Libyan town of Leptis Magna. He also had a bigger statue of a Greek Cyclone, worth up to one million dollar. The question immediately rose as to how did the collector receive such artifacts? During his investigation Quirico came to notice that the 'Ndrangheta uses several contacts in Libya who, in exchange for kalasjnikovs and rocket launchers, get them stolen artifacts from museums and ruins in ISIS territory. According to the collector there is a big interest from the United Arab Emirates. Art dealing is still one of ISIS's biggest sources of income in continuing their campaign of terror.