United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
MAY 5, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, JERIKA RICHARDSON
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that ANTHONY PALUMBO,
a/k/a “Tony D.,” was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court
to 10 years in prison in connection with his participation in a
conspiracy to murder an individual associated with Russian
organized crime. He previously pled guilty to conspiracy to
commit murder in aid of a racketeering enterprise before U.S.
Magistrate Judge JAMES L. COTT on August 30, 2010. U.S. District
Judge RICHARD J. HOLWELL imposed the sentence.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA stated: “Anthony
Palumbo’s decades long crime spree has finally come to an end.
He is going to prison which is exactly where he belongs.”
According to the Information and other documents
previously filed in Manhattan federal court:
ANTHONY PALUMBO was a Soldier and Acting Capo in the
Genovese Organized Crime Family, operating crews in both
Brooklyn, New York, and New Jersey. During the time he served as
an Acting Capo, he supervised racketeering crimes of his own
“crew” of Genovese Family members and associates. PALUMBO was
involved in overseeing various of the Genovese Organized Crime
Family’s rackets, including gambling, loansharking, and extortion
activities as both a Soldier and an Acting Capo.
In 1990, PALUMBO was placed in charge of overseeing the
Genovese Crime Family’s interests in an illegal mob cartel that
extorted petroleum companies affiliated with Russian organized
crime figures engaged in a motor fuel bootlegging scheme.
Through this scheme, the petroleum companies evaded the payment
of federal and state motor fuel excise taxes, and the Genovese
and other Organized Crime Families extorted a share of the
In late 1992 or early 1993, during PALUMBO’s
involvement in that scheme, one of the Russian organized crime
figures asked PALUMBO and others to murder a hitman who worked
for him. PALUMBO and his co-conspirators agreed to murder the
Russian hitman, but higher-ups in the Genovese Crime Family would
not authorize the murder, so it did not happen.
In addition, PALUMBO was involved in the 1992 homicide
of Angelo Sangiuolo, an associate of the Genovese Organized Crime
Family. As proven by trial testimony in the case of United
States v. Angelo Prisco, 08 Cr. 885 (NRB), former Genovese Crime
Family boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante ordered the murder of
Sangiuolo because he had ripped off a gambling business
associated with PALUMBO. After PALUMBO complained to Gigante,
Gigante ordered Angelo Prisco, a Genovese Capo, to murder
Sangiuolo. Prisco recruited two of his associates to commit the
murder. On or about June 2, 1992, Prisco’s mob associates shot
and killed Sangiuolo in a van in the Bronx.
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In sentencing PALUMBO to the statutory maximum sentence
of 10 years in prison, Judge Holwell emphasized that such a
sentence is necessary to deter others, ensure the safety of
society, and promote justice.
In addition to his prison term, Judge HOLWELL sentenced
PALUMBO, 62, of New York, New York, to three years of supervised
Mr. BHARARA praised the work of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the New York City Police Department in this
This case is being handled by the Office’s Organized
Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys AVI WEITZMAN and
DAVID B. MASSEY are in charge of the prosecution.
United States Attorney