Mafia family in New Jersey indicted for illegal gambling operation
Thirty-four alleged members and associates of the New York-based Lucchese crime family, including two highly ranked mob leaders, were indicted in New Jersey. Attorney General Paula Dow announced the indictment. Among the charges are allegations of extortion, conspiracy and money laundering.
The charges came after an investigation into an illegal online casino gambling operation that transferred billions in casino bets. The transactions were mainly sports betting events, where extortion and violence are not avoided in order to collect debts. The indictment also alleges that a former prison guard and a senior member of the Nine Trey Gangsters of the Bloods has worked together with the Lucchese family, to smuggle drugs and prepaid cell phones into East Jersey State Prison.
Paula Dow said: “The Lucchese crime family allegedly employed sophisticated measures such as electronic record-keeping and offshore wire rooms designed to thwart detection of their illegal gambling activities by law enforcement. I’m proud to say that their innovations did not stop our investigators from infiltrating their criminal enterprise and obtaining evidence.”
Among the names of the indictment are Joseph DiNapoli, Metthew Madonna and Ralph V. Perna. Authorities reported that no bail has been set for one of the suspects. Each of the charges of extortion, conspiracy and money laundering has a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail. It is claimed that DiNapoli and Madonna controlled the casino gambling activities of the crime family and other criminal activities in New York while Perna would have over-sighted the family operations in New Jersey. The state had frozen or seized millions of dollars from the suspects, and will be taken as criminal proceeds, including seven houses, 16 bank accounts, 15 vehicles, more than $ 200,000 in cash and several watches and jewellery.