Reputed wiseguy Anthony Bazzini was sentenced to a year and a day in the federal pen for threatening with bodily harm someone who had bested him in business deals, and apparently the hot head has a history of melting down as reported by Rich Calder for the New York Post: "Assistant US Attorney Brian Blais . . . said Bazzini has a history of making violent threats, including a 2003 federal extortion conviction related to Bazzini threatening 'to cut off his stockbroker's mother's hands,' putting the broker's 'brother in four casts' and 'killing' the broker’s whole family."
Bazzini was busted last year with several other suspected mobsters for their alleged roles in a dirty plot among the Genovese, Lucchese and Gambino crime families to carve up control over waste carting in New York City and New Jersey.
The investigation was launched by a child predator who agreed to cooperate with law enforcement after they allegedly "caught him using the Internet to set up a sex date with a 15-year-old girl" as then reported by Daniel Beekman for the Daily News: "rather than lock him up, the feds made him a cooperating witness and used him to infiltrate the trash industry in a four-year probe."
Among those busted was retired state trooper Mario Velez who just secured a sweet deal under a so-called deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors "that will keep him out of jail -- and wipe his record clean" as reported by Rich Calder for the New York Post: "'We feel this was the right and just thing for the government to do, based on his background,' Velez's lawyer, John Meringolo, told The Post. 'He’s a good citizen, a good trooper and a good father.'" Three other defendants also scored similar deals simply by promising to remain good boys.
Reputed Genovese associate Carmine "Papa Smurf" Franco was sentenced last month to a year and a day for his ringleader role in the carting racket, and the sentencing judge "acknowledged Franco's advanced age, poor health and hardscrabble background as mitigating factors in handing down a sentence well below the 27- to 33-month range in Franco’s plea deal with prosecutors." as reported by as reported by Daniel Beekman for the Daily News.
Talk about a bust that ended with a whimper.