United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, CARLY SULLIVAN,
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that ARTHUR NIGRO, the
former Acting Boss of the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La
Cosa Nostra (the “Genovese Family”), and Genovese Family
associates FOTIOS GEAS and TY GEAS were each sentenced to life in
prison today in Manhattan federal court. All three defendants
were convicted at trial in April 2011 of various crimes,
including multiple murders, attempted murder, multiple murder
conspiracies, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, multiple
extortions, and loansharking. The defendants were sentenced by
U.S. District Judge P. KEVIN CASTEL.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said: “The
catalogue of vicious and lethal crimes committed by these three
defendants provides a stark reminder of the lengths to which the
mob will go to protect their turf and exact revenge. With
today’s sentences, these men will now be put out of the mafia’s
ugly and violent business for life.”
According to the trial evidence and other documents
filed in the case:
In the early 2000s, NIGRO rose to the position of
Acting Boss of the Genovese Family. As Acting Boss, he
supervised the Genovese Family’s operations in the Bronx, New
York, and Springfield, Massachusetts, among other places. FOTIOS
GEAS and TY GEAS were Genovese Family associates in Springfield,
The defendants were convicted in Manhattan federal
court of the November 23, 2003, murder of Adolfo Bruno, a Captain
in the Genovese Organized Crime Family, in Springfield,
Massachusetts. NIGRO ordered the hit in order to increase his
power and position in the Genovese Family, and to punish Bruno
for speaking with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FOTIOS
GEAS and TY GEAS planned the Bruno murder, and ultimately
enlisted the person who killed him.
FOTIOS GEAS and TY GEAS also were convicted of the
November 4, 2003, murder of Gary Westerman in Agawam,
Massachusetts. The defendants shot and killed Westerman, who
they believed to be cooperating with the Massachusetts State
Police, and buried his body in the woods, where it remained until
April 2010, when the FBI found and exhumed Westerman’s remains.
All three defendants were also convicted of the
attempted murder of Frank Dadabo, which NIGRO had ordered because
of a union-related dispute. On May 19, 2003, TY GEAS shot Dadabo
nine times on a Bronx street. FOTIOS GEAS helped plan the hit
and drove the getaway car. Despite being shot nine times, Dadabo
All three defendants were also convicted of conspiring
to murder Louis Santos, who the defendants believed was
cooperating with law enforcement. FOTIOS GEAS and TY GEAS were
also convicted of conspiring to murder Guiseppe Manzi. The Manzi
murder was planned to eliminate the leader of a rival criminal
faction in Springfield.
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Judge CASTEL also ordered NIGRO to forfeit $234,000,
FOTIOS GEAS to forfeit $120,000, and TY GEAS to forfeit $135,000.
Mr. BHARARA praised the work of the FBI’s New York
Field Office and the FBI’s Springfield, Massachusetts, Resident
Agency. He also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
District of Massachusetts; the Massachusetts State Police; the
Hampden County District Attorney’s Office; the Springfield Police
Department; and the New York City Police Department.
The case is being handled by the Office’s Organized
Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys ELIE HONIG and DANIEL S.
GOLDMAN are in charge of the prosecution.