The home turf for the Camorra is Naples but Rome police have arrested 15 suspected Camorristi in Italy's capital as reported by ANSA: "the people arrested are associated with the faction of the
Casalesi clan believed headed by Antonio Iovine and particularly
active in the slot-machine business in game parlors and bars."
Ceasars is pulling out of an East Boston casino venture "after learning that state investigators would recommend to the gambling
commission that [it] be disqualified from bidding for a Massachusetts
license" as reported by Mark Arsenault for The Boston Globe: "state investigators had raised red flags over a branding deal with Gansevoort Hotel Group, a New York boutique hotel company," and particularly with "one of the principals of
Gansevoort, Arik Kislin, who was alleged in a 2012 New York Post article
to have ties to Russian mobsters." Caesars entered into the branding agreement in early 2013, and last week severed the deal "after Massachusetts regulators flagged it as a problem."
A federal prosecutor once called him the "chief operating officer" for a
Gambino gambling ring in Fairfield County, CT, and yesterday Richard Uva was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison on a racketeering conspiracy charge as reported by Kelly Glista for The Hartford Courant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen previously said that Uva was second-in-command to
his longtime friend and co-defendant Dean DePreta who was "the titular
head of the Gambino crime family" in southern Connecticut.
DePreta was sentenced earlier this month to 71 months for his role in the operation as reported by Edmund H. Mahony for The Hartford Courant: "authorities running wire taps recorded DePreta numerous times discussing
the gambling operation, including his collection of 'street taxes' by
extorting or 'shaking down' independent bookmakers who were not paying
criminal organizations for protection."
Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari took the stand in his own defense to testify that he was not involved in the 2001 murder of Miami Subs founder and casino boat operator Gus Boulis, and instead pointed the finger at others as reported by Rafael Olmeda for the Sun Sentinel:
"Gus Boulis was murdered," Ferrari said. "He was murdered by Adam
Kidan. And he used a friend of mine: James ["Pudgy" Fiorillo]."
Earlier this month Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes declared a mistrial against co-defendant Anthony "Big
Tony" Moscatiello after his defense lawyer was too ill to continue.
Adam Kidan also testified for the prosecution. He claims hiring Moscatiello to protect himself from
Boulis during a business dispute over the floating casinos but "said he
never wanted Moscatiello to kill or even communicate with Boulis," and
prosecutors allege "Moscatiello saw Kidan as a steady stream of income
and family members, and ordered the hit on Boulis to protect that
Investigators suspect that Moscatiello had ties to Gambino boss John
Gotti, and believe the triggerman in the Boulis slaying was mob
associate John Gurino. Gotti died of throat cancer in 2002 while
serving a life sentence, and Gurino was slain in 2003 by Boca Raton
deli owner Ralph Liotta.
Patsy Pirozzi has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges for his role in a Genovese crew allegedly headed by Joseph Lascala in North Jersey as reported by Peter J. Sampson for The Record: "Priozzi was described in court documents as an associate of the crime
family who reported directly to Lascala and assisted him in carrying out
the crew's racketeering activities, including illegal gambling, the
collection of unlawful debt and cargo theft."
U.S. businessman Vincent Wu faces an upcoming trial in a Chinese court on charges of heading a ruthless crew in the Guangdong province which "kidnapped
rivals, threw acid at a judge, set fire to farmers' sheds, operated
illegal gambling dens and committed other offenses" as reported by The Standard.
John Breheney has pleaded guilty to his collection role in an online sports betting operation that allegedly was backed by a North Jersey Genovese crew headed by reputed capo Joseph Lascala as reported by Joel Landau for Press of Atlantic City. He has agreed to forfeit $400,000, and will be sentenced on February 5.