Former Genovese Crime Family Leader Gets Another Year in Jail – US Attorney, New York

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PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that JOSEPH LEO, nephew
and former primary lieutenant to DANIEL LEO, a/k/a “The Lion,”
former Acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, was
sentenced today for conspiracy and participation in the affairs
of the Genovese Organized Crime Family through a pattern of
racketeering activity, including loansharking and illegal
gambling offenses. JOSEPH LEO was sentenced to 12 months in
prison and ordered to forfeit $200,000 as the proceeds of the
Genovese Organized Crime Family’s illegal gambling business.
JOSEPH LEO’s sentence was ordered to run consecutively to his
46-month sentence based on his conviction in Manhattan federal
court on extortion charges in October 2007.

DANIEL and JOSEPH LEO pleaded guilty to the offenses
for which JOSEPH LEO was sentenced today on January 27, 2010,
before United States Magistrate Judge RONALD L. ELLIS. United
States District Judge RICHARD J. HOLWELL imposed the sentence
today in Manhattan federal court.

According to the Superseding Indictment to which the
defendants pleaded, other documents filed in this and related
cases, and statements made in court:

Beginning in about 2005, DANIEL LEO became the Acting
Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, from his previous
post as a member of the Family’s ruling panel. During the time
DANIEL LEO served as Acting Boss, he continued to supervise a
“crew” of Genovese Organized Crime Family members and associates,
including JOSEPH LEO, CHARLES SALZANO, and others, who committed
loansharking, extortion, and illegal gambling offenses under
DANIEL LEO’s direction.
DANIEL LEO was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in
prison and ordered to forfeit $1.3 million as the proceeds of the
Genovese Family’s illegal gambling business. His sentence was
ordered to run consecutively to his 60-month sentence based on
his conviction in Manhattan federal court on extortion charges in
October 2007.

Six other defendants charged in the Indictment have
pleaded guilty: FELICE MASULLO, ANTHONY MASULLO, ANGELO MASULLO,
VINCENT COTONA, CHARLES SALZANO, and ARTHUR BOLAND.
Mr. BHARARA praised the work of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the New York City Police Department in this
investigation.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Organized
Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys DAVID B. MASSEY,
AVI WEITZMAN, BRIAN JACOBS, and JASON HERNANDEZ are in charge of
the prosecutions.
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