Feds bust alleged Mafia playing operations posing as shoe repair, espresso shop

A Nassau County police detective became additionally arrested, prosecutors stated.


Sal’s Shoe Repair in Merrick, New York, became doing extra than solving heels and worn soles.

The Genovese prepared crime own circle of relatives operated an unlawful playing operation out of the shop, generating “full-size revenue,” which became then laundered thru coins transfers, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn stated.

Nine purported participants and friends of the Genovese and Bonanno prepared crime households have been charged Tuesday with racketeering and unlawful playing offenses for strolling playing parlors out of different legitimate-seeming institutions in Queens and on Long Island, together with a espresso bar and La Nazionale Soccer Club.


Salvatore Rubino, 58, acknowledged as “Sal the Shoemaker,” became amongst the ones arrested, prosecutors stated.

A Nassau County police detective, Hector Rosario, is likewise some of the defendants. He allegedly commonplace cash from the Bonanno own circle of relatives in trade for imparting to set up police raids of competing playing places, in keeping with the indictment. He is charged with obstructing a grand jury research and mendacity to the FBI.

Current participants of the 5 households display each day they’re now no longer negative to running collectively to similarly their illicit schemes, the use of the equal worn-out techniques to squeeze cash from their victims. Enlisting alleged help from a member of regulation enforcement additionally proves they’re inclined to do all they could to cover their unlawful behavior,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael Driscoll stated in a statement.

Beginning in May 2012, the Genovese and Bonanno households at the same time operated a profitable unlawful playing operation in Lynbrook, New York, known as the Gran Caffe. The income earned thru this and different playing places generated full-size revenue, which became then laundered thru coins transfers to the defendants and thru “kicking up” to the crime households’ leaders, the indictment stated.

Today’s arrests of participants from La Cosa Nostra crime households display that the Mafia keeps to pollute our groups with unlawful playing, extortion, and violence whilst the use of our economic machine in carrier to their crook schemes,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace stated in a statement.

Among the ones charged are Anthony “Little Anthony” Pipitone, a captain and soldier withinside the Bonanno own circle of relatives, and Carmelo “Carmine” Polito, appearing captain withinside the Genovese own circle of relatives, prosecutors stated.

Prosecutors element one name Polito made in October 2019 to an partner asking him to relay a message to a debtor: “Tell him I’m going to position him below the f——- bridge.