||New York| Benedetto Aloi
Birth: October 6, 1935
Death: April 7, 2011
Benedetto "Benny" Aloi was a capo of the New York based Colombo family. He was a son of former capo Sebastiano Aloi and a brother to Vincent Aloi.
During the 1950's Aloi followed in his fathers footsteps and became a member of the organization, which was then known as the Profaci family. In 1963 both Benedetto and Vincenzo were arrested alongside their father on a charge of consorting with known criminals. On November 19, 1974, Aloi was indicted in Brooklyn along with 156 fellow mobsters on perjury charges, but the charges against him were dropped.
As a daytime job Aloi partially worked as an employee of a limousine service in Rego Park, Queens, but in the meantime was rising the ranks of the Colombo organization and became a capo in the late 1970's. In 1984 an undercover operation revealed that he and 15 others (amongst them DeCavalcante capo Vincent Rotondo) were involved in a large scale loan-sharking ring that at it's peak extorted up to $40.000 a week from businessmen in the New York metropolitan area. Under the assumption they dealt with a legal office called Resource Capital, about 18 individuals lent money at rents which suddenly increased to 2 or 4 percent a week. One man who had borrowed $687.000 was forced to pay back $14.000 a week, on which the company would make large profits in the end. Another man was forced to pay up $150.000 in a three month period for a $400.000 loan. If convicted they could have been sentenced up to 20 years each, but charges against Aloi were dropped.
The Windows case
For years the Mafia was highly involved in the construction business in New York, creating thousands of dubious contracts and taking control over the various labor unions in the city. That also included the window placing industry, which had gotten under the control of 4 out of 5 New York families. Aloi and his men represented the Colombo family. In the early 90's months of testimony, 50 hours of taped conversations and hundreds of documents were presented in the Government's effort to show that the Mafia corruptly controlled millions of dollars in contracts to install windows for the New York City Housing Authority. It became one of the largest cases the city had ever seen. In 1993 Aloi received a lengthy prison sentence of 16 years and 8 months for his part in the scheme. He was also fined $100.000. Charged that same day was Venero Mangano, a top figure in the Genovese family, who received a similar sentence.
In March 2009 Aloi was released from prison, but by then his health was decreasing. He died on April 7, 2011.
(Source: "Loan-Sharking inquiry gives officials new insights into organized crime", NYtimes August 17, 1984; "2 Men Sentenced In Windows Trial" NYtimes March 28, 1993; "Windows Jury Finds 3 Guilty And Acquits 5" NYtimes October 19, 1991)
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