PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that FELICE MASULLO, an
associate who was proposed to be a Soldier in the Genovese
Organized Crime Family (the “Genovese Famiy”), and two of his
brothers, ANGELO MASULLO and ANTHONY MASULLO, were sentenced
today to prison sentences of 41 months, seven months, and one
year and a day, respectively, by United States District Judge
RICHARD J. HOLWELL, for criminal conduct related to the Genovese
According to the Superseding Indictment, the
Information to which the defendants pleaded guilty, other
documents filed in this case, and statements made in court:
FELICE MASULLO was an up-and-coming associate in the
Genovese Family, and had been proposed to be a made Soldier in
the Genovese Family. FELICE MASULLO was a member of co-defendant
ANTHONY PALUMBO’s crew and functioned, in part, as PALUMBO’s
driver, accompanying him to meetings and delivering messages
between PALUMBO and other members and associates of the Genovese
Family. In furtherance of the Genovese Family’s criminal
endeavors, FELICE MASULLO operated a loansharking and gambling
business, and also financed the purchase of distribution
quantities of cocaine by a confidential informant. In connection
with his criminal businesses, FELICE MASULLO relied on the
assistance of two of his brothers, ANGELO MASULLO and ANTHONY
MASULLO, who, among other things, collected cash payments from
loansharking victims and gamblers. FELICE MASULLO, ANTHONY
MASULLO, and ANGELO MASULLO operated these illegal businesses out
of a restaurant they operated together in the Williamsburg
section of Brooklyn, New York.
FELICE MASULLO, 38, ANTHONY MASULLO, 35, and ANGELO
MASULLO, 40, pleaded guilty on November 6, 2009, before United
States Magistrate Judge THEODORE H. KATZ, to a Superseding
Information. In connection with his plea, FELICE MASULLO
admitted that he participated in the affairs of a racketeering
enterprise, the Genovese Family, through his participation in a
conspiracy to distribute cocaine, an extortion conspiracy, and a
conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business. ANTHONY
MASULLO and ANGELO MASULLO also pleaded guilty to participating
in an extortion conspiracy.
Six other defendants charged in the Indictment have
previously pleaded guilty: DANIEL LEO, JOSEPH LEO, VINCENT
COTONA, CHARLES SALZANO, PATSY AVERSA, and ARTHUR BOLAND.
DANIEL LEO, the former Acting Boss of the Genovese
Family, and his nephew, JOSEPH LEO, pleaded guilty to conspiracy
and participation in the affairs of the Genovese Family through a
pattern of racketeering activity, including loansharking and
illegal gambling offenses. On March 23, 2010, Judge HOLWELL
sentenced DANIEL LEO to 18 months in prison and ordered him 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.
The following day, Judge HOLWELL sentenced JOSEPH LEO to 12
months in prison and ordered him to forfeit $200,000 as the
proceeds of the Genovese 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.
VINCENT COTONA pleaded guilty on March 3, 2010, before
United States Magistrate Judge JAMES C. FRANCIS IV, to a
Superseding Information that charged COTONA with knowingly
receiving the proceeds of extortion. On March 25, 2010, Judge
HOLWELL sentenced COTONA to 10 months in prison, with four months
ordered to run consecutively to his 24-month sentence for money
laundering conspiracy arising from his January 22, 2008,
conviction in New Jersey federal court.
CHARLES SALZANO pleaded guilty on March 5, 2010, before
Judge FRANCIS, to a Superseding Information that charged SALZANO
with knowingly receiving the proceeds of extortion and operating
an illegal gambling business. SALZANO is scheduled to be
sentenced by Judge HOLWELL on June 9, 2010, and faces a maximum
possible sentence of eight years in prison and a maximum fine of
$500,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.
SALZANO recently completed a 37-month prison sentence based on
his prior conviction in Manhattan federal court on extortion
charges in September 2007.
ARTHUR BOLAND pleaded guilty on February 19, 2010,
before United States Magistrate Judge KEVIN NATHANIEL FOX to
loansharking, and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge HOLWELL
on May 21, 2010. BOLAND faces a maximum possible sentence of 20
years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross
gain or loss from the offense. At the time of his plea, BOLAND
agreed to forfeit $20,000 as the illegal proceeds of his
PATSY AVERSA pleaded guilty on April 9, 2010, before
United States Magistrate Judge ANDREW J. PECK to tax evasion, and
is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge HOLWELL on July 8, 2010.
AVERSA faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison
and a maximum fine of $100,000 or twice the gross gain or loss
from the offense.
Mr. BHARARA praised the work of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the New York City Police Department in this
This case is being handled by the Office’s Organized
Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys AVI WEITZMAN,
DAVID B. MASSEY, BRIAN JACOBS, and JASON HERNANDEZ are in charge
of the prosecutions.