Six Alleged Genovese Family Members Charged with Gambling, Extortion
Posted on: April 27, 2022, 04:45h.
Last updated on: April 27, 2022, 06:00h.
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged six alleged Genovese crime loved ones mobsters with racketeering conspiracy involving illegal gambling and extortion.
Among them were two alleged “capos” of the notorious New York Mafia family, Nicholas Calisi and Ralph “the Undertaker” Balsamo. Michael Messina and John Campanella had been allegedly “soldiers,” while Michael Poli and Thomas Poli have been allegedly “associates” of the outfit.
They are accused of “terrorizing New York communities with violence and illegal businesses” by way of underground gambling and loan sharking operations. The moves saddled victims with debt that they could not repay, according to federal prosecutors.
In 2007, Balsamo was sentenced to eight years in prison for narcotics trafficking, firearms trafficking, extortion, and union-related fraud.
The mobsters generated revenues through a campaign of financing and collecting betting credit via extortion. They threatened to result in financial and physical harm to debtors, while identifying themselves to their victims as “the Mafia,” prosecutors mentioned.
Internally, they engaged in violent power struggles to shield their operations from “persons who engaged in activity that jeopardized the power and criminal activities of the enterprise, the energy of the leaders of the enterprise, and the status of its members and the flow of criminal proceeds to members and associates of the enterprise.”
The Genovese are one particular of five alleged New York Mafia families, along with the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, and Luchese.
Each and every family is organized into groups recognized as “crews,” which contain their personal hierarchies. Every single crew is headed by a “caporegime,” or “capo,” who presides more than “made members,” also known as “soldiers.”  Beneath them are “associates,” trusted people who aid the crew in its criminal operations.
Numerous associates are aspiring soldiers. Usually, they should demonstrate the potential to generate revenue or commit acts of violence for the family in order to turn out to be created guys.
Capos supervise the activities of their crews, resolve disputes, and supply protection to their soldiers, in return for a reduce of their earnings. They report to the underboss, who himself reports to the boss of the family members.
The current Genovese boss is reputed to be Liborio Salvatore Bellomo. In the mid-1990s, he was indicted by the US government for murder and extortion. He beat the murder rap and served ten years in a federal prison on the latter charge. He was released in 2008.
All of the six suspects face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted. Balsamo’s lawyer, Gerald McMahon, told The New York Post that “The government can not look to go three months without rounding up some Italians. Right now just happened to be Ralph Balsamo’s turn.”
The government had a diverse take.
“From extortion to illegal gambling, the Mafia continues to discover approaches to prey on other folks to fill its coffers,” US Lawyer Damian Williams mentioned in a statement. “Our office and our law enforcement partners remain committed to putting organized crime out of business.”