FBI rounds up 46 alleged members of New York crime families in major bust

Almost four dozen alleged members of organised crime families were rounded up by the FBI on Thursday morning, including the reputed Mafia boss in Philadelphia and an alleged old-school mob in New York.

Prosecutors said the charge sheet – including allegations of extortion, loansharking, running illegal sports books and health care fraud as well as a string of colourful nicknames- resembled an old-school mob novel or Martin Scorses film.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said the defendants formed a syndicate stretching from Massachusetts to Florida.

Diego Rodriguez, head of the FBI’s New York office, said: “The indictment reads like an old school mafia novel, where extortion, illegal gambling, arson and threats to ‘whack’ someone are carried out along with some modern-day crimes of credit card skimming.”

The names read like characters in a Scorsese film, including Anthony “Tony The Cripple” Cassetta, Nicholas “Nicky The Wig” Vuolo and John “Tugboat” Togino.


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