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July 11, 2024

This Week In Gang Land

Luchese Family's 'Tony Soprano' Cashes In His Chips

Joseph CaridiGang Land Exclusive!Joseph (Joe C) Caridi, who was dubbed "the Tony Soprano of the Luchese family" two decades ago by state prosecutors who charged him with running a racketeering ring out of a Brentwood LI strip club, has cashed in his chips after a long illness. He was 75.

Caridi, a former Luchese consigliere, later resolved that case by pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges that included the shakedown of $10,000 a night from a popular Freeport LI night club. Joe C folded after federal prosecutors in Brooklyn threatened to indict his wife for tax fraud. He died at his East Northport home on June 29. 

Caridi, who was released from federal prison in 2009 after serving an eight-year prison term for what his sentencing judge called a "friendly extortion," had lost the use of his legs several years ago after suffering a sepsis infection while hospitalized, and was essentially retired from The Life, according to an old friend.

Judge Okays Federal Loansharking Case Made By Naked Cooperating Witness

John RaganoBrooklyn Federal Judge Hector Gonzalez heeded the request from Bonanno soldier John (Bazoo) Ragano to listen to a tape-recorded talk between him and a buck naked cooperating witness and determine whether the feds have a triable case against him. The judge listened and decided, yes, there's enough there to bring Ragano to trial on loansharking and obstruction of justice charges. He rejected the mobster's request to dismiss the indictment.

It Was War Against the Mafia; Now It's Mafia Takedown: The Incredible True Story of the FBI Agent Who Devastated The New York Mob

Mafia Takedown coverThe promised tell-all book by an FBI agent about the takedown of the leaders of the powerful Genovese crime family during a stressful — to say the least — three year sting operation by a turncoat gangster that was slated for publication this past Spring has got new life. After a co-author bailed out, the book has been revised, refreshed and revitalized. It will be published in November, Gang Land has learned.

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