March 16, 2017
This Week in Gang Land
Bonanno Capo Flips; Still Gets Maximum Sentence, Eight Years, For Assault
After months of whispers on both sides of the law, it's now official: Two-fisted Bonanno capo Peter (Pug) Lovaglio, a hard-drinking wiseguy with a violent streak that got him in trouble with his mob bosses, has been a secret snitch for a mob busting NYPD detective and for federal prosecutors in Manhattan for several years, Gang Land has learned.
Exactly when he flipped isn't known, but law enforcement sources say Lovaglio was cooperating with the feds in 2015 when he blinded a former NYPD detective in one eye during a vicious barroom assault in a Staten Island sushi bar. Last week, Lovaglio was sentenced to eight years in prison by an angry judge who refused to let the mobster take back his guilty plea.
When Lovaglio pleaded guilty a couple of months ago, Gang Land wrote there were "growing concerns" by Pug's buddies that he had flipped. For good reason. As Gang Land exclusively reported, Lovaglio had told a police officer he was "in the Mafia" when he was charged with driving without a license and weapons possession last year.
While Genovese family associate John (J.R.) Rubeo was tape-recording scores of wiseguys committing crimes for federal prosecutors in Manhattan, state prosecutors in Rockland County obtained evidence that he stole $500,000 from an offshore mob gambling operation that is part of the racketeering indictment of 46 mob-connected defendants, Gang Land has learned.
Two years ago, 82-year-old Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro beat the rap on one of the cleverest mob crimes ever pulled – the multi-million dollar Lufthansa Airlines heist. Yesterday, the feds charged him with what has to rank among the dumbest: torching the car of a motorist who had dared to cut him off at a traffic light in Howard Beach.
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 2015, however, and it 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.