Indictments Issued Against 53 Reputed Mobsters From Three Families
Apr. 19, 1991
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Fifty-three reputed mobsters from three Mafia families were indicted Thursday on charges ranging from murder to extortion.
Col. Justin Dintino, superintendent of state police, said turncoat Mafia members helped bring the charges that detail crimes allegedly committed over the past 20 years.
''I think we're sending a message that New Jersey is no longer the safe haven it was in the '60s,'' Dintino said at a news conference. ''We have organized crime on the run in this state.''
The indictments focused on three crime families: the Bruno-Scarfo family, and the Lucchese and Bonnano organizations.
The first racketeering indictment named four reputed top-ranking members of the Lucchese family, including Anthony ''Tumac'' Accetturo, the family's No. 3 man; Michael Taccetta, a captain, Thomas Ricciardi, a soldier, and Martin Taccetta, also a soldier.
Also charged in that indictment was Joseph Sodano, a reputed member of the Bruno-Scarfo family. Martin Taccetta and Ricciardi and an associate, Michael Ryan, were charged with the 1984 killing of Vincent ''Jimmy Sinatra'' Craporatta.
The indictment said the Lucchese family extorted money from several businesses, including SMS Manufacturing, one of the nation's largest makers of poker machines.
In a separate indictment, Sodano was charged with running a gambling enterprise in Paterson. Also charged was an alleged Sodano associate, William Layton, who was accused of taking part in two execution-style killings of another Sodano associate he suspected of being an informant and a bystander.
Also charged was Ricoel Algarin, director of services for the state's regional motor vehicles center in Wayne. He was charged with selling blank motor vehicle titles to crime families so they could transport and sell stolen vehicles.
He also allegedly expunged points from the driving records of organized crime confederates.