July 8, 2004 – LAWFUEL – 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, Acting 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 grand jury sitting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has returned a one-count Second Superseding Indictment charging defendants, Ronald Trucchio, a/ka/ “Ronnie One Arm,” Peter Zuccaro, a/k/a “Bud,” Kevin Antinuche, a/k/a “Capone,” Gennaro Bruno, a/k/a “Gerry,” Edward Callegari, a/k/a ‘Crazy Eddie,” a/k/a “Eddie Wrecker,” Robert Bucholz, a/k/a “Bucks,” Darrin Sirrota, Frank Roccaforte, Dave Prevete, and Jamie Carr, with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962(d), for their involvement with the “Gambino Organized Crime Family of Las Cosa Nostra.”
If convicted of the crime charged in the Second Superseding Indictment, defendants, Kevin Antinuche and Edward Callegari, face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, and each of the other named defendants faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
The Second Superseding Indictment charges that from in or about 1986 and continuing to the date of the Second Superseding Indictment, in the Southern District of Florida, New York, and elsewhere, the named defendants were employed by and associated with the “Gambino Organized Crime Family of Las Cosa Nostra.” The Second Superseding Indictment charges that the named 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.
The Second Superseding Indictment charges that defendant, Ronald Trucchio, is a “caporegima,” a mid-level boss, in the Gambino Organized Crime Family. Trucchio, in his capacity as a “caporegima,” supervised the activities of a crew of violent criminal associates. The criminal crew included the named defendants and other unindicted co-conspirators. The Second Superseding Indictment adds defendants, Peter Zuccaro and Jamie Carr, non-member associates of the Gambino Family, who participated in criminal activity with other members of the criminal crew.
The Second Superseding Indictment charges that, as part of the pattern of criminal activity engaged in during the course of the conspiracy, defendants, Kevin Antinuche and Edward Callegari, murdered Jamie Schneider and Vincent D’Angola by means of a firearm, on or about October 22, 1995, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr. Jiménez stated, “The Department of Justice has a long-standing commitment to taking on organized crime. Those who conspire to prey on the honest, hard-working members of our community will pay the price for their actions. Justice requires that these individuals answer for the broad scope of their criminal activity.”
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 Terrence J. Thompson.