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27 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel J…

27 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Richard Brown, District Attorney, Queens County, New York; Raymond Kelly, Police Commissioner, New York City Police Department; Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami, Florida; Ken Jenne, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward County, Florida; Bruce Roberts, Chief, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Roy Arigo, Chief, Coral Springs Police Department, Coral Springs, Florida; and Andrew J. Scott, Chief, Boca Raton, Police Department, Boca Raton, Florida, announced today that a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against defendant, Ronald Trucchio, a/ka/ “Ronnie One Arm,” on the charge of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, after a month-long trial before United States District Court Judge Kenneth L. Marra, in Miami, Florida. The charge related to the defendant’s involvement with the Gambino Organized Crime Family of “La Cosa Nostra.” The defendant’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 6, 2005, before Judge Marra, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The Third Superseding Indictment charged that from in or about 1986 and continuing thereafter, in the Southern District of Florida, New York, and elsewhere, the defendant and other named co-conspirators were employed by and associated with the Gambino Organized Crime Family of “La Cosa Nostra.” The Third Superseding Indictment charged that the defendants conspired to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity, which included murder, robbery, arson, extortion, kidnaping, drug trafficking, tampering with witnesses, retaliating against witnesses, credit card fraud, intrastate travel in aid of racketeering activity, interference with commerce by threats and violence, interstate transportation of stolen property, and thefts from interstate shipments.

Mr. Jiménez said, “Today’s jury verdict affirms the Department of Justice’s long-standing commitment to taking on organized crime. This is a victory for the honest, hard-working members of our community.”

Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the District Attorney, Queens County, New York; the Police Commissioner, New York City Police Department; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Broward County Sheriff’s Office; the Fort Lauderdale Police Department; the Coral Springs Police Department; and the Boca Raton Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul F. Schwartz, Lawrence D. LaVecchio, and Julia Vaglienti.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .

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