One of the biggest moneymakers for the Mafia families has been through loansharking, and in February 1965 the FBI's New York Field Office prepared an 87-page report for Director J. Edgar Hoover on so-called shylocking which details the racket and identifies its players:
The following is list of prominent shylocks in the Greater New York area. The list is by no means complete, inasmuch as virtually every member of "La Cosa Nostra" at one time or another engages in shylocking. However, it is felt that those listed below should be considered the most prominent.
Each day Friends of Ours is republishing two entries from this list.
Antonio Carillo, also known as Tony the Sheik
Carillo, who has FBI Number 33810, was born on September 20, 1902, in Naples, Italy. He resides at 68-37 Yellowstone Boulevard, Forest Hills, New York. He has an arrest record from 1929 which includes arrests for robber with gun, felonious assault, burglary and bribery. He is a close associate of known hoodlums Vito Genovese, Michele Miranda, Pete De Feo and others.
Joseph Valachi identified Carillo as a "Cosa Nostra" member in the Vito Genovese "family." For many years, he has been the almost constant associate of Michele Miranda, a "caporegima" in this "family." He has been reported to exert personal control over racket activities, including shylocking, in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York.
Dominick Castore, also known as Domenico Castore, Dominick Castori
Castore, who has FBI Number 520952, was born on August 9, 1911. He resides at 1302 81st Street, Brooklyn, New York, and has a criminal record dating back to 1929, including arrests for rape, assault and robbery, felonious assault and attempted extortion. He associates with many known hoodlums such as Carmine Lombardozzi, Joseph Gennaro, Hugo Bassi, Leonard Grillo and others.
Castore is a prominent shylock in the Brooklyn area and has been identified as a member of the Carolo Gambino "family" of "La Cosa Nostra" under Carmine Lombardozzi by Confidential Source 4.