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Posted by GET NJ on August 17, 2005 at 22:28:22:

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08-17-05 -- Dentico, Lawrence et al. -- Indictment -- News Release

Fourteen Arrested with Unsealing of RICO Indictment Against Genovese Crime Family Members, Associates

NEWARK - New Jersey's highest-ranking member of the Genovese Crime Family and 15 other made members and associates were named in a Racketeering Indictment - 14 of them were arrested this morning - on charges of running a sports gambling, loansharking and extortion enterprise that took in millions of dollars for the New York-based crime family, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.

The lead defendant, Lawrence "Little Guy" or "Little Larry" Dentico, allegedly shared ultimate authority in the management and supervision of the Genovese Family's criminal activities, including the gambling and loansharking operations in New Jersey, according to the 19-count Indictment.

Dentico, 81, of Seaside Park, N.J., was among a small group of individuals comprising the Genovese "Administration," which ran the crime family enterprise in the absence of boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, following his racketeering conviction in New York in 1997, according to the Indictment. Dentico is presently in custody in New York, following his arrest in April with other reputed Genovese Family members on a RICO indictment in the Eastern District of New York. That Indictment alleges, among other things, extortion conspiracy and conspiracy to commit murder.

The New Jersey Indictment was returned by a grand jury in Newark on Monday and unsealed with this morning's arrests by Special Agents of the FBI and other law enforcement officers with the FBI Organized Crime Task Force. The defendants in custody were scheduled to make initial appearances today at 2 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan D. Wigenton.

(See addendum for defendant information, charges and penalties.)

"This is a major hit against the influence and impact of the mob in New Jersey, particularly the Genovese Crime Family," said Christie. "The decline of the major crime families continues with prosecutions like these, but we will tighten our grip even more to further erode their capabilities."

The Genovese Crime Family is widely considered by law enforcement as the most powerful of the mob families in the New York Metropolitan area, if not the entire country.

The Indictment details a pattern of Racketeering activities by the defendants in New Jersey and elsewhere beginning in about 1997 to the present. The investigation involved consensual recordings and numerous search warrants, including search warrants executed in November 2003 at three Philadelphia apartments, a Staten Island apartment, a Staten Island storage facility, and a pub in Jersey City. The Indictment also includes two forfeiture counts, including one in which the government seeks $5 million, representing approximately $1.6 million in loansharking proceeds, approximately $2.8 million in gambling operation revenue, as well as "tribute" payments to leaders of the enterprise.

Crews of associates worked under the direction of Dentico subordinates from, among other places, several locations in New Jersey, according to the Indictment. One of those locations was a social club at 404 Madison Avenue in Hoboken where high-level Genovese associate Joseph "Big Joe" Scarbrough directed loansharking, sports bookmaking, numbers and football-ticket gambling as well as extortion, according to the Indictment.

Michael Crincoli, a reputed made member of the Genovese Crime Family, directed loansharking activities of a crew from, among other places, a deli he owned at 944 Westside Ave. in Jersey City, according to the Indictment. A search warrant was executed there today.

During the college and professional football season, thousands of football betting tickets would be delivered each week to the Downtown Pub, located at 9 Paterson Avenue, Hoboken.

Using actual and threatened violence and the fearsome reputation of the Genovese Crime Family, the defendants would enforce the payment of extortionate loans at usurious rates. The victims identified by initials in the Indictment all were Greek business owners targeted by the defendants.

One of the defendants, Russell Fallacara, was formerly an inspector with the Jersey City Incinerator Authority. Fallacara was involved with Scarbrough in the extortion of a business engaged in the cleanup of a site in Jersey City, which criminal activity was facilitated by Fallacara's position as an inspector.

Despite indictment each of the defendants is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendants will next appear in court for arraignment before the U.S. District Judge to whom the case is assigned.

Christie credited participating law enforcement officers with the FBI's Organized Crime Task Force, including Special Agents of the FBI, under the direction Special Agent in Charge Leslie Wiser, Jr. in Newark; the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John McGlynn for the New York region; the Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Patricia J. Haynes; the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, under the direction of Executive Director Alan A. Rockoff.

Christie also credited the assistance of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Edward DeFazio; and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Peter Harvey and Director Vaughn McCoy.

Defendants, Their Charges

(all were arrested today except Dentico and Peter Grecco)

• Lawrence Dentico, aka "Little Guy" and "Little Larry," 84, of Seaside Park, New Jersey, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of racketeering, two counts of operating an illegal gambling business, one count of conspiracy to make extortionate extensions of credit, one count of conspiracy to collect by extortionate means, two counts of making an extortionate extension of credit, and three counts of collection by extortionate means. Dentico is currently being held in federal custody in New York in connection with a separate RICO Indictment out of the Eastern District of New York.

• Joseph Scarbrough, aka "Big Joe," 66, of West Orange, a reputed high-level Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of racketeering, three counts of operating an illegal gambling business, one count of conspiracy to make extortionate extensions of credit, one count of conspiracy to collect by extortionate means, two counts of making an extortionate extension of credit, three counts of collection by extortionate means, one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, one count of attempted extortion, and one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

• Michael Crincoli, 46, of Jersey City, reputed made member of the Genovese Crime Family, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to make extortionate extensions of credit, one count of conspiracy to collect by extortionate means, two counts of making an extortionate extension of credit, three counts of collection by extortionate means, and one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

• Gregory Richardson, 57, of Hoboken, reputed Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to collect by extortionate means, and two counts of collection by extortionate means.

• Joseph William Napolitano, 34, of Belleville, aka "Billy Nap," reputed Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of operating an illegal gambling business, and one count of conspiracy to make extortionate extensions of credit.

• Russell Fallacara, 38, of Keansburg, reputed Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of operating an illegal gambling business, and one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, and one count of attempted extortion.

• John Yeswita, 47, of Hasbrouck Heights, reputed Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of racketeering, three counts of operating an illegal gambling business, one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering, and one count of making a false and fraudulent statement.

• Joseph Bruno, 47, of Jackson, reputed Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, and two counts of operating an illegal gambling business.

• John Grecco, 62, of Rutherford, reputed Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, and two counts of operating an illegal gambling business.

• John Dennis, 48, of Jersey City, a reputed Genovese associate, charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, two counts of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to collect by extortionate means, and two counts of collection by extortionate means.

(Non-RICO Defendants)

• Michael Borelli, aka "Tona," 68, of Fort Lee, a reputed made member of the Genovese Crime Family, charged with one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

• Peter Grecco, 69, of Woodcliff Lake, charged with one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

• Ludwig Bruschi, aka "Ninny," 71, of Jackson, charged with one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

• Alex Conigliaro, 45, of Staten Island, charged with one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

• Steve Pastore, 45, of Staten Island, charged with one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

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