NEW YORK, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An indictment was unsealed
this morning in federal court in Brooklyn charging Genovese family soldier
JOHN GIGLIO, Genovese family associates VINCENT CASALE GARCIA, RICHARD
DACUNTO, JOHN LAFORTE, and ANTHONY STOCCO, and Gambino family associates
EDWARD FISHER, RAYMOND SPITALE, and SALVATORE PALMIERI with racketeering
conspiracy, including charges of loansharking, extortion, attempted
obstruction of justice, arson, and murder(1). GIGLIO, FISHER, DACUNTO,
GARCIA, LAFORTE, and STOCCO will be arraigned later today before United
States Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman
Plaza West, Brooklyn, New York. PALMIERI and SPITALE will be arraigned on
the charges at a later date. The case has been assigned to United States
District Judge David G. Trager.
The charges were announced by Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States
Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Mark J. Mershon, Assistant
Director-in- Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field
Office, William G. McMahon, Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, New York Field Division, and Raymond W.
Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.
As alleged in the indictment and the government's detention memorandum,
FISHER and PALMIERI participated in the arson of My Deli & Grocery, located
on Rhine Avenue in Staten Island, in the early morning of December 22,
2001. Prior to the arson, the owner of My Deli & Grocery was approached and
threatened by members and associates of organized crime because he planned
to open another deli that would rival a deli whose owner was allegedly
protected by members and associates of La Cosa Nostra. FISHER provided
PALMIERI with the destructive device to be used in the arson, and PALMIERI
threw the device into My Deli & Grocery, while store employees were
present, destroying the store.
PALMIERI is also charged with murdering Ronald Peteroy on September 27,
1990. Peteroy's body, which had two gunshot wounds, was found near Emily's
Bar, located on Forest Avenue on Staten Island.
The defendants GIGLIO, FISHER, SPITALE, DACUNTO, GARCIA, PALMIERI,
LAFORTE, and STOCCO are charged with a loansharking conspiracy, marked by
violence and threats. GARCIA, for example, bragged to GIGLIO about
threatening a debtor: "I went there ... I smacked him right in front of all
his f----n' friends, 40 guys in the club ... I smacked him and I dragged
him out by the hair and put the thing to his face ... "
If convicted of the racketeering conspiracy, GIGLIO, GARCIA, DACUNTO,
SPITALE, LAFORTE, and STOCCO face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
If convicted of arson, arson conspiracy, and possession and use of a
dangerous device, FISHER faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years in
prison. PALMIERI, who is already serving a sentence on his prior conviction
for conspiring to commit the My Deli & Grocery arson, faces a maximum
sentence of life imprisonment.
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to uproot the members and
associates of organized crime who endanger our community by spreading
violence and fear," stated United States Attorney Mauskopf. "Today's
arrests are the result of outstanding cooperation among our federal and
local law enforcement partners."
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Mershon stated, "In the popular
imagination, the mob is often thought to have evolved from crimes of
violence to more sophisticated white collar schemes. That belief is
mistaken, or at least grossly over-simplistic. The litany of charges
against these defendants reads like the ABCs of traditional organized
crime. The FBI will continue to police mobsters, whether their crimes are
sophisticated or brutally unsophisticated."
ATF Special Agent-in-Charge McMahon stated, "Five years ago today,
cowards threw a fire bomb into an occupied grocery store and then ran away.
For over three years, ATF Agents and NYPD Detectives doggedly pursued
numerous investigative leads, which ultimately led to the apprehension of
three subjects. These initial arrests and the investigation that followed
led to the arrests made today and shows that acts of violence, threats and
intimidation of law 3 abiding citizens will not be tolerated. ATF, along
with our partners, remain committed to protecting the public and reducing
New York City Police Commissioner Kelly stated, "I want to commend our
detectives and federal partners for stopping the mob from returning to the
old days of routinely bombing their competitors out of business. They tried
here and were arrested."
The government's case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States
Attorney Amy Busa.
Name: JOHN GIGLIO
Alias: "Little John," "Johnny Bull," "Fat John"
Name: EDWARD FISHER
Alias: "the Irishman"
Name: RAYMOND SPITALE
Name: VINCENT CASALE GARCIA
Alias: "Vinny Basille"
Name: RICHARD DACUNTO
Name: SALVATORE PALMIERI
Name: JOHN LAFORTE
Name: ANTHONY STOCCO
Alias: "The Retard"
(1) The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
United States Attorney's Office
PIO, ATF New York Field Division
SOURCE United States Attorney's Office