United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
MAY 16, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, CARLY SULLIVAN,
TO FACE RACKETEERING CHARGES FOR HIS ALLEGED ROLE
IN TWO MURDERS AND OTHER CRIMES
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced today that EMILIO FUSCO
was extradited from Italy to face racketeering and other charges
in connection with his role as a made member of the Genovese
Organized Crime Family. FUSCO arrived in New York Friday
afternoon, and was arraigned in Manhattan federal court earlier
FUSCO was charged, along with co-defendants FELIX
TRANGHESE, TY GEAS, FOTIOS GEAS, and ARTHUR NIGRO, in a
superseding Indictment (the “Indictment”) unsealed in July 2010.
TRANGHESE pled guilty in January 2011, and NIGRO, FOTIOS GEAS and
TY GEAS were convicted by a jury on April 1, 2011, of
racketeering charges, multiple murder charges, and multiple
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA stated: “Emilio
Fusco will finally face the justice he deserves –- something that
he never afforded his alleged victims.”
According to the Indictment and testimony and evidence
presented at the trial of FUSCO’s co-defendants:
FUSCO was a made member of the Genovese Organized Crime
Family, in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2003, prior to being
sentenced for an earlier racketeering conviction, FUSCO obtained
a court document showing that Genovese Family Capo Adolfo Bruno
had spoken with an FBI agent about FUSCO’s status in the Genovese
Family. Thereafter, Arthur Nigro, who was then an Acting Boss of
the Genovese Family, gave the order to murder Bruno. FUSCO and
others conspired to carry out the murder, and Bruno was killed on
November 23, 2003.
Less than three weeks before Bruno’s murder, FUSCO,
along with another Genovese Family Soldier and two associates,
murdered an individual named Gary Westerman to maintain and
increase their position in the Genovese Organized Crime Family,
and to prevent Westerman from providing information to law
enforcement about crimes committed by members and associates of
the Genovese Organized Crime Family.
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FUSCO is charged with one count each of racketeering
conspiracy, racketeering, conspiring to commit extortion,
extortion, and interstate travel in aid of racketeering. If
convicted, he faces a maximum sentence on each racketeering count
of life in prison, a maximum sentence on each extortion count of
20 years in prison, and a maximum sentence on the interstate
travel count of five years in prison.
A conference in the case is scheduled before U.S.
District Judge P. KEVIN CASTEL on June 17, 2011, at 12:00 p.m.
Sentencing for NIGRO, FOTIOS GEAS, and TY GEAS is
scheduled for July 15, 2011, at 11:15 a.m. TRANGHESE is scheduled
to be sentenced on July 15, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.
Mr. BHARARA praised the efforts of the FBI’s New York
Field Office, the FBI’s Springfield, Massachusetts, Resident
Agency, and the Massachusetts State Police for their outstanding
work in the ongoing investigation. He also thanked the United
States Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Office of
International Affairs and the United States Marshals’ Service for
their involvement in the extradition process.
This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Organized
Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys MARK LANPHER, ELIE HONIG,
and DANIEL GOLDMAN are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Indictment are merely
accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty.