Tampa, Florida – 14 July – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – United States Attorney Paul I. Perez today announced the unsealing of a superseding indictment in Case No. 8:04-cr-348-T-24TGW, a case originally indicted on August 17, 2004, which charged Ronald J. Trucchio, a/k/a “Ronnie One-Arm” (54), John E. Alite (42), Steven Catalano (43), Michael Malone (29), Pasquale Andriano (28), and Terry L. Scaglione (39), with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) statute, and charging Alite, Malone, and Scaglione with Interference With Commerce by Threats or Violence.
The superseding indictment unsealed today charges an additional defendant, Kevin
M. McMahon (38), of Howard Beach, New York, with participating in the RICO conspiracy.
It also includes additional specific allegations that Trucchio, Alite, and others engaged in racketeering activity involving the distribution and possession with intent to distribute five (5) kilograms or more of cocaine. McMahon was arrested this morning in Howard Beach, New York and made his initial appearance in Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York this
Andriano, charged in the original indictment, pleaded guilty to the charges against
him in June of this year and is no longer identified as a charged defendant. He is currently incarcerated awaiting sentencing.
According to the superseding indictment, from about the Fall of 1984 and continuing
to and including the date of indictment, Catalano, Malone, McMahon, Scaglione, and
others, under the supervision and direction of Trucchio and Alite, comprised a criminal
crew, or enterprise, that operated in New York, New Jersey, Tampa, the Southern District of Florida, and elsewhere, under the influence and control of the Gambino Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra (“the Gambino Crime Family”). The superseding indictment describes the Gambino Crime Family as one “family” in a nation-wide criminal
organization commonly referred to as “La Cosa Nostra,” the “Mafia,” and “this thing of
The superseding indictment further charges that Trucchio, a “caporegima” or “capo”
in the Gambino Crime Family, authorized and supervised the wide-ranging criminal
activities of the crew, the principal purpose of which was to generate money for its
members and associates through the commission of various criminal acts. More
specifically, the superseding indictment charges that Trucchio supervised the crew that – along with other uncharged individuals – engaged in multiple acts and threats involving murder, robbery, extortion, dealing in controlled substances, interference with commerce by threats and violence, interstate travel in aid of racketeering enterprises, making extortionate extensions of credit, collection of extensions of credit by extortionate means, and interstate transportation of stolen property.
The superseding indictment further charges that Alite, a resident of Cherry Hill, New
Jersey, was the crew leader and paid tribute to Trucchio, and other organized crime
members, from the crew’s criminally derived proceeds. According to the superseding
indictment, Alite invoked the authority and the influence of the Gambino Crime Family to:
(i) control and influence legal businesses, such as valet parking service businesses; (ii)
control illegal businesses, including but not limited to, the business of illegally dealing in controlled substances, the business of illegal gambling, and the business of collection of unlawful debts; and (iii) create and instill fear in others, including individuals who were, or had been, members or associates of the criminal crew. Alite was arrested by Brazilian federal police on Wednesday, November 24, 2004, in Copacabana, Brazil. Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) aided in the arrest. Alite is currently being held in Brazil awaiting extradition to the United States.
If convicted of the charges, each of the named defendants faces a maximum
sentence of life imprisonment.
The superseding indictment is the result of a lengthy investigation coordinated by
the Clearwater, Florida office of the FBI, and included the Miami and Brooklyn Queens
Metropolitan FBI offices, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Tampa Police
Department, the New York City Police Department, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI Legal Attache! to Brazil, the Brazilian federal police, and Interpol.
is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jay G. Trezevant and Dennis I. Moore.
Like an indictment, a superseding indictment is merely a formal charge that a
defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant
is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.