Six reputed Lucchese mobsters have pleaded guilty for their roles in a gambling ring as reported by Kibret Markos for The Record:
The defendants include Ralph Perna, the 69-year-old top boss of the crime family in New Jersey, and his son, Joseph Perna, 45, of Wyckoff, both of whom pleaded guilty on Wednesday to first-degree racketeering, acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said in a press release. Four others -- John Mangrella, 72, of Clifton; John G. Perna, 38, of West Caldwell; Matthew Madonna, 80, of Seldon, N.Y.; and Martin Taccetta, 64, formerly of East Hanover -- also pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.
The six were among 34 defendants charged in May 2010.
New Jersey prosecutors in their press release announcing the guilty pleas identify Madonna as "a member of the three-man ruling panel of the Lucchese crime family," and advise that "charges are pending against a second ruling member, Joseph DiNapoli."