Six Alleged Genovese Mafiosi Charged in New York with Illegal Gambling, Extortion
Posted on: April 27, 2022, 04:45h.
Last updated on: April 27, 2022, 04:45h.
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged six alleged Genovese crime loved ones mobsters with racketeering conspiracy involving illegal gambling and extortion.
Among them have been two alleged “capos” of the notorious New York Mafia loved ones, Nicholas Calisi and Ralph “the Undertaker” Balsamo. Michael Messina and John Campanella have been allegedly “soldiers,” even though Michael Poli and Thomas Poli were allegedly “associates” of the outfit.
They are accused of “terrorizing New York communities with violence and illegal businesses” via underground gambling and loan sharking operations that saddled victims with debt that they could not repay, according to federal prosecutors.
In 2007, Balsamo was sentenced to eight years in prison for narcotics trafficking, firearms trafficking, extortion, and union-connected fraud.
The mobsters generated revenues by means of a campaign of financing and collecting betting credit via extortion. They threatened to result in financial and physical harm to debtors, whilst identifying themselves to their victims as “the Mafia,” prosecutors said.
Internally, they engaged in violent power struggles to shield their operations from “persons who engaged in activity that jeopardized the power and criminal activities of the enterprise, the energy of the leaders of the enterprise and the status of its members and the flow of criminal proceeds to members and associates of the enterprise.”
The Genovese are a single of 5 New York Mafia households, along with the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, and Luchese.
Every single loved ones is organized into groups known as “crews,” which contain their personal hierarchies. Every crew is headed by a “caporegime,” or “capo,” who presides over “made members,” also known as “soldiers.”  Under them are “associates,” trusted folks who help the crew in its criminal operations.
Numerous associates are aspiring soldiers. Usually, they must demonstrate the potential to produce revenue or commit acts of violence for the household in order to turn out to be created males.
Capos supervise the activities of their crews, resolve disputes, and provide protection to their soldiers, in return for a reduce of their earnings. They report to the underboss, who himself reports to the boss of the family.
The existing Genovese boss is reputed to be Liborio Salvatore Bellomo. In the mid-1990s he was indicted by the US government for murder and extortion. He beat the murder rap and served ten years in a federal prison on the latter charge. He was released in 2008.
All of the six suspects face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted. Balsamo’s lawyer, Gerald McMahon, told The New York Post that “the government cannot look to go 3 months with out rounding up some Italians, right now just occurred to be Ralph Balsamo’s turn.”
The government had a diverse take.
“From extortion to illegal gambling, the Mafia continues to find methods to prey on others to fill its coffers,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. “Our office and our law enforcement partners stay committed to putting organized crime out of organization.”