Coming next week, a Gang Land special. On the 40th anniversary of one of the great Mafia mysteries — the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa — investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea, the leading expert on Hoffa, will tell you, based on his 40 years of investigating the storied mob rubout, what happened, who did it, and where Hoffa ended up.
July 23, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
Richard (Richie From The Bronx) Martino, who masterminded phone sex, internet porn and "telephone cramming" scams that likely earned more cash for the Gambino crime family than anyone else, is back on the streets after spending nine years behind bars. And according to well-informed sources Martino, who ran a massive,18-year-long $650 million consumer fraud scheme, is again quietly earning a living as a wiseguy.
Before he went to prison in 2006, Martino forfeited $14.3 million of a $14.9 million judgment. Since then, he's anted up another $339,000. He's also still on the hook for two more years of post-prison supervised release restrictions. But usually reliable Gang Land sources say Martino, 55, is now in a crew headed by acting capo Andrew (Sonny) Campos, 46, who was a codefendant in their 2004 indictment.
"He's flying under the radar these days but he's back with the same guys he was with when they were all riding high," said one source.
When Charles Hughes was arrested in 2008 on charges of soliciting sex with a minor, the feds were more than happy to cut a deal with him. All he had to do was plead guilty and wear a wire against the mob. The resulting sting operation resulted in labor racketeering charges against 29 defendants in the waste hauling industry and a major announcement by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara hailing the case as another crippling blow against the Mafia.
The family restaurant is already kaput. But accused drug dealer Angelo Gigliotti may be able to rescue his construction company, which has been struggling since he was detained without bail when he, his mom and dad were busted by the feds in March for running a mob-linked cocaine smuggling operation out of a Corona Queens restaurant that his parents owned.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published in March, however, and is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.