Thirteen Indicted For Racketeering, Reports U.S. Attorney

Sep 19, 2006, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A second Superseding Indictment was
 unsealed today charging Arthur Gianelli, his wife Mary Ann Gianelli, Philip
 Puopolo, Stephen Russo, a/k/a "Moon," and nine others with racketeering and
 related offenses.
     United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Essex County District
 Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett; Colonel Mark Delaney, Superintendent of the
 Massachusetts State Police; Douglas A. Bricker, Special Agent in Charge of
 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; Glenn N.
 Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
 Firearms and Explosives; and Kenneth W. Kaiser, Special Agent in Charge of
 the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the unsealing of a 520-count
 Second Superseding Indictment charging thirteen individuals with
 Racketeering, Money Laundering, Operating Illegal Gambling Businesses, Use
 of Wire Communication Facilities, Extortion, Loansharking, Arson, and
 Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering.
     Named in the Second Superseding Indictment are:
     1) ARTHUR GIANELLI, age 49, of 420 Main Street, Lynnfield, MA;
     2) JOSEPH YERARDI, JR, age 52, of 43 Upham Street, West Newton, MA;
     3) DENNIS ALBERTELLI, age 53, of 151 Hudson Road, Stow, MA;
     4) SALVATORE RAMASCI A/K/A "LEFTY," age 50, of 48 Pleasant Street,
        Stoneham, MA;
     5) RANDY ALBERTELLI, age 27, of 151 Hudson Road, Stow, MA;
     6) GISELE ALBERTELLI, age 51, of 151 Hudson Road, Stow, MA;
     7) RAFIA FEGHI A/K/A RAFIA YERARDI, age 59, of 405b Dedham Street, Newton,
     8) FRANK IACABONI, age 62, of 640 Union Street, Leominster, MA;
     9) ENEYDA GONZALEZ RODRIGUEZ, a Venezuelan national who resides in San
        Jose, Costa Rica;
     10) MICHAEL PINIALIS, A/K/A "MAX," age 48, an American who resides in San
         Jose, Costa Rica;
     11) MARY ANN GIANELLI, age 49, 420 Main Street, Lynnfield, MA;
     12) PHILIP PUOPOLO, age 50, 350 Revere Beach, Revere, MA; and
     13) STEPHEN RUSSO, A/K/A "MOON," age 25 Central Avenue, Revere, MA.
     Three defendants who were charged in a prior Indictment in this case --
 entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentence.
     The original Indictment in this case, returned in January 2005, charged
 offenses related to their alleged attempt to extort the owners of The
 Canine Entertainment Corporation which operated The Big Dog Sports Grille
 in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Two other individuals, Sean Slater, age 47, of
 10 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York and Michael McCormack, age 42, of 207
 Crosby Street, Arlington, Massachusetts were indicted in April 2004 in
 connection with the arson. McCormack pled guilty to the arson charges on
 April 4, 2005. Charges against Slater are still pending.
     A First Superseding Indictment, returned in April 2005, incorporated
 the original charges and also alleged that GIANELLI led a racketeering
 enterprise that engaged in illegal gambling activities, money laundering,
 extortion, and other related criminal activities. In particular, the First
 Superseding Indictment alleged that the enterprise engaged in illegal
 gambling activities on behalf of convicted racketeer JOSEPH YERARDI, JR,
 who had been incarcerated since 1995 and was recently released from federal
 prison. It is alleged that some of the proceeds of the enterprise's illegal
 activities were funneled to YERARDI while he was in prison and to YERARDI's
 wife RAFIA FEGHI a/k/a RAFIA YERARDI. The First Superseding Indictment also
 alleged that the defendants engaged in numerous money laundering schemes
 including the investment of the enterprise's illicit proceeds in several
 legitimate businesses.
     One of the features of the First Superseding Indictment was the
 inclusion of allegations that the enterprise used an offshore gambling
 office in San Jose, Costa Rica. It was alleged that customers of the
 enterprise's sports betting business were able to place bets over the
 Internet and through the use of a toll-free telephone number.
     Also among other charges in the First Superseding Indictment were
 allegations that GIANELLI attempted to gain control of two other
 Massachusetts businesses through extortion. These businesses were
 McCarthy's Bar and Grille located at 903 Boylston Street in Boston, and
 Clarke's Turn of the Century Saloon located in Faneuil Hall.
     The Second Superseding Indictment, which was unsealed today,
 incorporates all of the previous charges, and adds defendants MARY ANN
 GIANELLI, PUOPOLO, RUSSO and PINIALIS. They are all charged with
 racketeering, as well as other offenses.
     In addition, today's Second Superseding Indictment adds the charge of
 using an arson fire to commit the federal felony of extortion against
 Superseding Indictment also adds loansharking charges against ARTHUR
 GIANELLI and PUOPOLO, and charges MARY ANN GIANELLI with money laundering,
 signing false federal income tax returns and illegally structuring cash
 transactions to evade federal reporting requirements.
     Defendants MARY ANN GIANELLI, PUOPOLO and RUSSO were arrested today on
 the Second Superseding Indictment and were arraigned in Federal District
 Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander. PUOPOLO was
 detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for September 27, 2006 at
 2:00 p.m. MARY ANN GIANELLI and RUSSO were released today on $100,000
 unsecured bonds.
     If convicted, each of the defendants faces a maximum sentence of 20
 years' incarceration on each of the racketeering, extortion, money
 laundering, and Travel Act charges; and 5 years' incarceration on each of
 the gambling and conspiracy charges. The arson charges carry a minimum
 mandatory sentence of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years' incarceration. The
 charge of using fire to commit extortion carries an additional 10-year
 mandatory prison term that must be served consecutive to any other
 sentences imposed. Additionally, each count also carries a 3-year term of
 supervised release and fines up to $250,000. Furthermore, numerous assets
 of the defendants are alleged to be subject to forfeiture to the United
     The case is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police, the
 U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of
 Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of
 Investigation with assistance from Essex County District Attorney
 Blodgett's Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It is being
 prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fred M. Wyshak, Jr. and Michael L.
 Tabak in Sullivan's Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.
     The details in the Second Superseding Indictment are allegations. The
 defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty
 beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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