Five Reputed Mob Chiefs Face Trial Together
NEW YORK (AP) _ The reputed leaders of all five New York City organized crime families face trial together later this year on charges they participated in a ″commission″ that functioned as the Mafia’s governing body.
A federal grand jury handed up a superseding indictment Wednesday adding Carmine ″Junior″ Persico, the reputed boss of the Colombo crime family, and alleged Colombo figure Stefano Canone to the nine defendants charged in the case in February.
Among the nine charged earlier were the reputed heads of the other four families as well as Gennaro ″Jerry Lang″ Langella, described by the FBI as having been the acting boss of the Colombo family after Persico went into hiding for several months beginning last October.
Persico has been in custody since February on an earlier indictment charging him with racketeering.
The trial in the commission case is scheduled to begin Nov. 6, but the first testimony will be taken next month when long-time organized crime figure Joseph Bonanno gives a videotaped deposition in Tucson, Ariz.
Prosecutors hope the 81-year-old Bonanno will prove the commission exists, or at least that it existed during in the 1950s and 1960s, when according to his autobiography, Bonanno served as the commission’s chairman.
The indictment charges the commission is organized crime’s board of directors, allocating territories among families and settling power struggles, sometimes by ordering the death of one of the parties. One of the slayings allegedly ordered by the commission was the 1979 shooting of Carmine Galante, who had been vying for control of Bonanno’s old organization.
In addition, the grand jury charged the commission had organized companies in New York City’s concrete-pouring industry into a ″club″ which rigged bids and paid kickbacks to Mafia overlords.
Canone, 72, described as a Colombo ″consigliere″ or counselor, made a brief appearance before U.S. District Judge Richard Owen on Wednesday and was allowed to remain under arrest at his Manhattan apartment due to ill health. Another hearing to set bail for him was scheduled for Friday.
The other reputed crime bosses charged in the case are Paul Castellano, said to head the Gambino family; Antonio Corrallo, reputed leader of the Lucchese group; Anthony Salerno, purported boss of the Genovese family; and Philip Rastelli, reputed head of the Bonanno clan.
Others charged in the indictment are Aniello Dellacroce, reputed Gambino underboss; Salvatore Santoro, a reputed Lucchese underboss; Christopher Furnari, reputed Lucchese consigliere; and Ralph Scopo, a reputed Colombo family member and president of the Concrete Workers District Council of the Laborers International Union.