Arthur Nigro, the reputed former acting Genovese boss, and brothers Freddy and Ty Geas are set for a March 11 trial involving the 2003 hit on Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno who was the family capo in Springfield, MA, and recently filed court documents in the case portray a brutish New England gangland as reported by Stephanie Barry for The Republican: "The criminal indictment and other court records also accuse the Geases and others of murdering [Gary] Westerman, scheming to kill a rival gangster in a spectacularly public fashion, robbing drug dealers, pummeling other organized-crime leaders they sought to shuffle aside and shaking down business owners here [in Springfield, MA] and in Connecticut."
Anthony Arillotta, the reputed capo who allegedly succeeded Bruno, and reputed Genovese capo Felix Tranghese, also were accused of roles in the Bruno slaying but are cooperating with the feds. Shortly after Arillotta joined Team America the feds last April unearthed the remains of Westerman who was shot to death in 2003. The Geas brothers and convicted loan shark Emilio Fusco are accused in the murder of Westerman. Fusco fled to Italy where extradition proceedings are pending.
Recent court submissions by federal prosecutors "also state Arillotta and the Geases were extorting Springfield nightclub owner James Santaniello for 'protection money,' as well as vending machine owners Carlo and Gennaro Sarno and Michael and Anthony Grant, who owned 'Hustler's' strip club in Connecticut."