February 22, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

Judge: I Should Have Given The Kid A Longer Prison Term

Anthony CamisaGang Land Exclusive!If he had it to do over again, Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Sullivan would have given a stiffer prison term along with the stern lecture he gave Anthony (The Kid) Camisa, the youngest defendant in the huge racketeering case against 46 mobsters and associates from New York to Florida with ties to five crime families.

Sullivan, who declared a mistrial Tuesday for the only defendant to go to trial in the blockbuster case, Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, made his feelings abundantly clear during a confrontational sentencing hearing for one of The Kid's fellow defendants that took place during Merlino's trial.

As it was, Sullivan gave Camisa 66 months for illegal gambling and extortion from 2011 to 2014. That's longer than every other prison term that the judge has meted out in the case except for the seven years that he gave powerful Genovese capo Pasquale (Patsy) Parrello.

Vincent EspositoFeds Look For More Extortion Charges Against Oddfather's Son

The feds are looking at additional extortion charges against Vincent Esposito, the youngest son of the late Genovese boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante who was indicted last month on racketeering and extortion charges, and several unidentified mob associates he allegedly used to extort payoffs from other victims over the years, Gang Land has learned.

Joseph MerlinoMerlino Jurors Split On Racketeering; 10-2 For Conviction On Health Care Fraud

A New York jury showed some Brotherly Love this week for Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino. It wasn't enough love to vindicate him completely, but it was enough to stymie the government's effort to put Merlino behind bars for illegal gambling and for being part of an $11.3 million health care fraud scheme in which the government claimed he received $100,000.

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless 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.


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