18 February 2012 – 11 Gambino Family Members and Associates Arrested Last Year in a National Crackdown on Organized Crime Have Now Pled Guilty
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ALPHONSE TRUCCHIO, MICHAEL ROCCAFORTE, ANTHONY MOSCATIELLO, and CHRISTOPHER COLON, respectively, a Captain, two Soldiers, and an associate of the Gambino Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra (the “Gambino Family”), pled guilty today to racketeering, narcotics trafficking, assault, extortion, and other crimes.
They were charged last year in U.S. v. Joseph Corozzo, et al., as part of a nationwide takedown of members and associates of organized crime. TRUCCHIO and COLON also pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges related to their participation in a scheme to recruit illegal immigrants to work in adult entertainment clubs controlled by La Cosa Nostra. They were charged in connection with the scheme in November 2011 in U.S. v. Alphonse Trucchio, et al. TRUCCHIO and COLON pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. MICHAEL ROCCAFORTE and MOSCATIELLO pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein.
Seven defendants previously pled guilty in connection with the Corozzo case: Gambino Family Associates SALVATORE TORTORICI, FRANK BELLANTONI, and MICHAEL KUHTENIA pled guilty earlier this week. Gambino Family Captain LOUIS MASTRANGELO and Associates FRANK ROCCAFORTE, MICHAEL RUSSO, and ANTHINO RUSSO pled guilty last year.