Reputed Genovese Crime Family Members Indicted
WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) _ High-ranking New Jersey members of the Genovese organized crime family plotted to kill reputed rival John Gotti and his brother, and arranged the gangland slaying of businessman Irwin Schiff, authorities charged Tuesday.
Authorities said the indictment of 22 people, including union officials, construction company executives and reputed mob figures, would cripple the New Jersey faction of the Genovese crime family.
One indictment, containing 42 counts, charged a labor payoff scheme, loan sharking and a ″large-scale horse and sports-betting operation,″ said U.S. Attorney Samuel A. Alito Jr.
A second indictment alleged that seven of the defendants carried out another illegal gambling business.
In early morning raids Tuesday, 130 state and federal law officers searched homes and businesses in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and arrested the suspects, said John McGinley, head of the FBI office in Newark.
The federal indictments were handed up Thursday and unsealed Tuesday.
State police Superintendent Col. Clinton L. Pagano said the New Jersey Genovese faction was fighting back against efforts by the Gambino crime family to move into northern New Jersey and allegedly plotted to ″eliminate″ John Gotti and his brother, Gene.
John Gotti is the reputed boss of the Gambino family, and his brother a reputed high-ranking member, and the FBI warned the brothers about the alleged plot last fall, McGinley said.
″This is a very, very vicious group,″ he said of the Genovese family.
McGinley said authorities had no information about a link between the Gotti plot and the slaying of Schiff, who was gunned down Aug. 8 as he dined at a Manhattan restaurant.
At the time of his death, federal authorities said, Schiff was involved in up to $40 million in fraudulent loans and was the target of a criminal investigation.