Tampa, Florida – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – United States Attorney Paul I. Perez today announced that Pasquale Andriano (29) of Woodhaven, New York was sentenced in federal court in Tampa for his role as a crew member of a Gambino Crime Family crew in a RICO conspiracy. ANDRIANO was sentenced to a prison term of five years and three months, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution, jointly and severally, of $20,000 to a Sears Department store in Vineland, New Jersey, $4,000 to the Papavero Funeral Home in New York City, and $20,000 to an unnamed victim of a strong-armed robbery that occurred in Thee Doll House in Tampa, Florida.
ANDRIANO was originally charged by Indictment in August of 2004 in Case No.
8:04-cr-348-T-24TGW, along with Ronald J. Trucchio a/k/a “Ronnie One-Arm,” John E.
Alite, Steven Catalano, Michael Malone, and Terry L. Scaglione, with RICO conspiracy.
The Indictment also charged ALITE, MALONE, and SCAGLIONE with Interference With
Commerce by Threats or Violence. ANDRIANO pleaded guilty to the charges against
him in early June of this year.
Later, on June 29, 2005, a federal grand jury in Tampa returned a Superseding
Indictment in the case. With the exception of ANDRIANO who had pleaded guilty, the
Superseding Indictment charged all of the original defendants, and an additional
defendant, Kevin M. McMahon (38), of Howard Beach, New York, with participating in a
RICO conspiracy, and included 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 a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.
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, the Middle District of Florida, 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 ours.” If convicted of the charges, each of the named defendants faces a maximum sentence of life
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.
TRUCCHIO, a resident of Queens County, New York, was convicted of similar charges
in the Southern District of Florida in February of this year and was sentenced to a
prison term of twenty years in that case. It is expected that TRUCCHIO will be
transferred to Tampa shortly to face trial in this case.
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. Per 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
The next scheduled event in the case is a status conference hearing, currently
set for October 19, 2005, before U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew.
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. The case is being prosecuted in Tampa, Florida 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.