Colombo crime family
In New York City, USA
Founded by Joseph Profaci, named after Joseph Colombo, Sr.
Years active 1928-present
Territory Various neighborhoods over New York City
Ethnicity Italian, Italian-American made men and other ethnicities as "associates"
Membership 115 made members, 500 associates approx.[1]
Criminal activities Racketeering, conspiracy, loansharking, money laundering, murder, extortion, gambling, hijacking, cigarette smuggling, counterfeiting and fraud.
Allies Gambino, Bonanno, Lucchese, Genovese and Detroit crime families
Rivals Various gangs over NYC including their allies


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Colombo crime family

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Current Boss Carmine Persico

The Colombo crime family is the youngest of the "Five Families" that controls organized crime activities in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The family formerly known as the "Profaci crime family" was originally formed in 1928 by Joseph "The Olive Oil King" Profaci. The family has since gone through three separate family wars. The first war took place during the late 1950s when Crazy Joe Gallo began revolting against his boss Joe Profaci for demanding too much tribute. The war began to lose momentum in the early 1960s, when Crazy Joe was arrested and boss Joe Profaci died of cancer. The family came together under Joseph "Joe C." Colombo's command. After some years the second family war began immediately after the release of Crazy Joe from prison he ordered the shooting of Colombo in 1971. The Colombo supporters led by Carmine Persico won the war when his side murdered Crazy Joe Gallo in a Little Italy restaurant in 1972.After two decades of peace the third and bloodiest war erupted in 1991 when Victor Orena undermined the imprisoned boss Carmine Persico. The family then split into two separate faction's one loyal to the boss Persico and others to Orena. The Persico faction attacked soldiers and capos who were supporting Orena and vice versa. In 1993 with twelve family members dead and Orena imprisoned the war was finally over. Since then, the family has been hit again and again by prosecutions, informants and convictions due to the third war. Due to this, the Colombo family is believed to be the weakest of the Five Families of New York City.


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Carmine Persico's son, Alphonse.

In September 1921, Joseph Profaci arrived in New York City. Months before he had decided to make the voyage to America, leaving behind his small town of Villabate, Sicily. After some time of struggling in Chicago with his businesses he moved back to Brooklyn in 1925, becoming a well known olive oil importer. Profaci obtained his American citizenship on September 27, 1927. With his olive oil importing business doing well he made deals with friends from his old town in Sicily and one of his largest buyers was Tampa mobster Ignazio Italiano. He controlled his small gang of criminals that operated mainly in the borough of Brooklyn. The most dominant Cosa Nostra groups active in Brooklyn were led by Salvatore D'Aquila, Frankie Yale, Giuseppe Masseria and Nicola Schiro (leader of the Castellammarese Clan).

On July 1, 1928 Brooklyn mobster Frankie Yale was murdered by Chicago Outfit's boss Al Capone hit-men. Yale was murdered because he did not want to give Al Capone the control over the Unione Siciliana. Yale's murder allowed Joseph Profaci and his brother in-law Joseph Magliocco to gain territory for their small gang. Profaci's gang gained territory in Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Red Hook and Carroll Gardens while the rest of Yale's group went to the Masseria family.

Months later on October 10, 1928 the capo di tutti capi Salvatore "Toto" D'Aquila was murdered resulting in a dispute over who would take over D'Aquila's family. In order to prevent a long and violent war in Brooklyn a mafia meeting was called. The meeting took place on December 5, 1928 in the Statler Hotel in Cleveland. The hotel was chosen in Cleveland, Ohio because it was under the Porrello crime family control and protection. The main topic discussed was the dividing of D'Aquila's territory. At the meeting the mobsters representing Brooklyn were Joseph Profaci, Joseph Magliocco (Profaci's second ), Vincent Mangano (who reported to disputable D'Aqulia family boss Alfred "Al Mineo" Manfredi), Joseph Bonanno (represented Salvatore Maranzano), Chicago mobsters Joseph Guinta, Pasquale Lolordo and Tampa mobster Ignazio Italiano arrived to make a peace resolution. As a result of Profaci's connections present at the meeting he received a fraction of D'Aqulia's Brooklyn territory.

The Castellammarese War

Months after the D'Aquila murder, Joe Masseria began a campaign to become Capo di tutti capi (Boss of Bosses) in the United States demanding tribute from the remaining three mafia groups in New York City which included the Reina family, the Castellammarese Clan and the Profaci family. Masseria already had the support of the new D'Aquila family boss Alfred Manfredi. On February 26, 1930 Masseria ordered the murder of Gaetano Reina to make a point. This started the Castellammarese War, Masseria, and his allies Alfred Manfredi and new appointed Reina family boss Joseph Pinzolo fought Salvatore Maranzano and Joseph Profaci. The war would come to an end when Charles "Lucky" Luciano a lieutenant for Masseria betrayed him and worked with Maranzano. The secret alliance between the two had Masseria killed on April 15, 1931. Maranzano then became the new Capo di tutti capi in the United States. Five months later on September 10, 1931 Luciano had Maranzano killed and created the Mafia Commission. Now there would be five independent Cosa Nostra families in New York City and twenty one additional families across the United States.

Gallo-Profaci War (1960-1964)

Joseph Profaci had become a wealthy mafia boss and was known as "the olive-oil and tomato paste king of America". One of Profaci's most unpopular demands was a $25 due from every soldier in his family. A powerful capo Frank "Frankie Shots" Abbatemarco began refusing to pay Profaci's excessive demands for money. Frankie controlled a lucrative policy game and Italian gangs (the Gallo brothers and the Garfield Boys) operating in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 1959, Joseph Profaci ordered Joe Gallo to murder Frankie Abbatemarco, in return the Gallo's would take over the policy game. Crazy Joe Gallo agreed, but Profaci refused to give him the policy game, this started a war. The Gallo brothers and the Garfield boys (led by Carmine Persico) went against the Joe Profaci and his loyalist.

On February 27, 1961 the Gallo's kidnapped four of Profaci's top men underboss Joseph Magliocco, Frank Profaci (Joe Profaci's brother), capo Salvatore Mussachia and soldier John Scimone. While holding the hostages Joe Gallo was sent to California and with the help of the family Consigliere Charles "the Sidge" LoCicero the gang released the hostages peacefully. On August 20, 1961 Joseph Profaci ordered the murder of Gallo members, Joe Jelly (was murdered) the second target Larry Gallo survived his attack from Carmine Persico and Salvatore "Sally" D’Ambrosio. The Gallo's then began calling Carmine "The Snake", he had betrayed them, the war continued on resulting in nine murders and three disappearances. The war lost momentum when Crazy Joe Gallo was sentenced to seven-to-fourteen years for murder in late 1961.

A year later Joe Profaci passed away from cancer, leaving Joe Magliocco as the boss. The war continued on, Magliocco allied himself with Joseph Bonanno together they planned to murder bosses Carlo Gambino, Tommy Lucchese, Stefano Magaddino and Frank DeSimone. Joseph Magliocco gave the contact to Joseph Colombo, who feared for his life and reported the plot to The Commission, resulting in the forced retirement of Magliocco and Bonanno.

Colombo and the second war

In 1963, Joseph Colombo was rewarded becoming boss of the Profaci family for his loyalty to the Commission. Along with former Gallo crew member Nicholas Bianco and New England family boss Raymond Patriarca, Colombo was able to end the war. As a reward for his loyaly Bianco was made into the Colombo family. As boss Colombo was able to bring stability back to the broken crime family. Many American Mafia bosses viewed Colombo as Carlo Gambino's "puppet boss", who never deserved to be a boss. Colombo's leadership was never challenged due to his support from Carlo Gambino. In 1968, the Colombo family leaders watched the renegade Gallo crew leader Larry Gallo died of cancer.

In 1969, Joe Colombo founded the Italian American Civil Rights League many American Mafia bosses disapproved of the idea because it brought unwanted attention. Colombo ignored the concerns of the other bosses and continued gaining support for his league. On July 28, 1970, Colombo held the first league demonstration which was a success. In 1971, months before the second demonstration began, the other mafia bosses order their men to stay away and show no support for Colombo's cause. In the same year Colombo also lost one of his biggest supporters, the league's chief organizer Gambino family capo Joseph DeCicco, who had become ill and resigned. Joe Gallo was also released from prison, and he did not agree with the past peace treaty. On June 28, 1971 Colombo held the second demonstration at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. As Colombo prepared to speak, an African American man, Jerome Johnson, walked up and shot Colombo in the back of the head three times; seconds later Johnson was shot to death. The shooting did not kill Colombo but left him brain dead; he died naturally on May 22, 1978.

Colombo's Consigliere Joseph Yacovelli to become the family acting boss, and directed a campaign to murder Joe Gallo and his crew. On April 7, 1972 four gunmen walked into Umberto's Clam House in Little Italy and shot and killed Joe Gallo. Yacovelli later fled the city, this left Carmine Persico as the new boss.

The family under Persico

Following the high-profile media exposure of Joseph Colombo and the murderous excesses of Joe Gallo, the Colombo family entered a period of comparative calm and stability. With Colombo in a coma, the family leadership went to Thomas DiBella, a man adept at evading the authorities since his sole bootlegging conviction in 1932. However, DiBella was unable to prevent the Gambino family from chipping away at Colombo rackets, and the Colombos declined in power. Poor health forced DiBella to retire in 1977, and Colombo died in 1978. The Colombo family was facing another power vacuum.

During the 1970s, Carmine Persico had grown in stature within the family and was considered to be the clear successor as boss. However, Persico had spent much of this time in prison, and it was unclear if he could effectively rule the family from prison. Nevertheless, Persico took control, designating Gennaro "Jerry Lang" Langella as his street boss. In 1986, both men were convicted on massive Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges and were sentenced to 100 years. In 1988, Persico named Victor Orena as the new acting boss.

Third Colombo war

Orena, an ambitious capo from Cedarhurst was not content with being acting boss to Persico. In 1990, using his strong ties to Gambino boss John Gotti, Orena petitioned the Mafia Commission to declare him the official boss of the Colombo family. Unwilling to cause more conflict, the Commission refused. On June 21, 1991, an enraged Persico sent gunmen under the leadership of Carmine Sessa to murder Orena at his house. However, Orena managed to escape before the gunmen could strike. The third Colombo war had begun.

While both sides appealed to the Commission for help, the war continued. On November 1991, Gregory Scarpa Sr., a Persico loyalist, was driving his daughter and granddaughter home when several Orena gunmen ambushed them. Scarpa and his relatives managed to escape. The war continued until 1992, when law enforcement imprisoned Orena and most of his loyalists.

Twelve people, including three innocent bystanders, died in this gang war. More than 80 made members and associates from both sides of the Colombo family were convicted, jailed or indicted. These included Persico's brother Theodore "Teddy" Persico and his son Alphonse Persico, DeRoss, and Orena's two sons, Victor Jr. Orena and John Orena.

While the Colombo war raged, the Commission refused to allow any Colombo member to sit on the Commission[citation needed] and considered dissolving the family and splitting its manpower and resources among the remaining families. In 2002, with the help of Bonanno family boss Joseph Massino, the Commission finally allowed the Colombos to rejoin them.

Current leadership

Carmine "Junior" Persico allegedly remains boss of the much-weakened Colombo family. He is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in North Carolina. Persico had designated his son Alphonse "Little Allie Boy" Persico as his successor. However, in December 2007, Alphonse Persico and Underboss John "Jackie" DeRoss were convicted of ordering the 1999 killing of William Cutolo and were sentenced to life in prison.

John "Sonny" Franzese, 92 years old and a bitter Persico enemy, is allegedly underboss. Franzese has spent much of his life in prison and is under tight parole restrictions, but has still assumed a top spot in the family. In May 2007, Franzese was arrested on parole violation charges from meetings with Colombo caporegimes and high-ranking members of other crime families. Franzese was released from jail in 2008. In January 2011, Franzese was convicted of extortion and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Andrew "Andy Mush" Russo, longtime capo and former street boss, assumed the role of acting boss after the 2008 arrest of Thomas Gioeli.Vincenzo "Vinny" Aloi is said to be the current Colombo Consigliere. He is currently living in Florida and considered semi-retired.

In June 2008, acting boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli, underboss John "Sonny" Franzese, former consigliere Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace, captain Dino Calabro, mob soldier Dino Saracino and several members and associates were indicted on multiple racketeering charges. These charges included drug trafficking, loan sharking, extortion and three murders dating back to the Colombo Wars. As of October 2010, Gioeli is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. If convicted, he faces life in prison. On December 24, 2008, Franzese was released from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. However he is still under indictment and is scheduled to go on trial sometime in 2009 along with Gioeli and Calabro. If convicted, they are all facing life sentences.

On December 17, 2009, the FBI charged members of the Colombo family with allegedly engaging in drug trafficking, extortion and loansharking. The crew was operating in Massachusetts, Arkansas, Rhode Island, New York and Florida. The leader of the crew is the current "Street Boss", Ralph F. DeLeo. He grabbed a piece of territory in Boston for the family. As the new street boss, DeLeo is not a New York City based mobster. He met Alphonse Persico in prison in the early 1990s and when he was released he became a made member in the family. DeLeo became street boss after the Gioeli arrest in 2008.

On January 26, 2010 capo Dino Calabro, facing trial for murdering a New York police officer, became a government witness. His testimony could be devastating to the family leadership. On July 20, 2010. Michael Souza became a government witness, testifying against Anthony Dentico of the Genovese crime family.

On January 20, 2011 members of the Colombo crime family, as well as members of other Mafia families in New York City, were arrested on charges of murder, narcotics trafficking, and labor racketeering.

Historical leadership of the Colombo crime family

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Boss (official and acting)
The Boss also sometimes called Godfather or Don is the head of his own family he makes all the major decision within the organization. The Boss, Underboss and Consigliere are the only men aloud to induct an associate into the family. If the Boss is incarcerated or debilitated he chooses an Acting Boss to enforce his decisions.

  • 1928–1962 — Joseph Profaci – died of natural causes
  • 1962–1963 — Joseph Magliocco – forced to retire by Mafia Commission
  • 1963–1971 — Joseph Colombo – left in vegetative state by assassination attempt
  • Acting 1971–1972 — Joseph Yacovelli – fled, after the murder of Joe Gallo
    • Acting - 1972–1973 – Vincenzo "Vincent" Aloi – imprisoned
    • Acting - 1973 — Joseph "Joey" Brancato – imprisoned
  • 1973–present — Carmine "Junior" Persico – imprisoned 1973-1979 for truck-hijacking, 1981–1984 for criminal conspiracy, 1985–present
    • Acting - 1973–1979 — Thomas DiBella – stepped down, became consigliere
    • Acting - 1981-1983 — Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico – Carmine Persico's brother; fugitive 1980-1987, imprisoned
    • Acting - 1983–1984 — Gennaro "Jerry Lang" Langella – imprisoned
    • Acting - 1985–1987 — Anthony "Scappy" Scarpati – imprisoned
    • Acting - 1987— Ruling Panel: Benedetto Aloi, Vincent "Jimmy" Angelino and Joseph T. Tomasello – disbanded September 1987
    • Acting - 1987–1991 — Vittorio "Vic" Orena – imprisoned sentenced to life
    • Acting - 1991–1993 — Vacant – disputed leadership during the third war
    • Acting - 1993–1994 — Ruling Panel: Joseph Tomasello, Theodore "Teddy" Persico and Joseph Baudanza – disbanded 1994
    • Acting - 1994–1996 — Andrew "Andy Mush" Russo
    • Acting - 1996–present — Alphonse "Little Allie Boy" Persico – Carmine Persico's son, imprisoned serving life

Street Bosses
  • 1991–1994 — Joseph T. Tomasello
  • 1994–1996 — Alphonse "Little Allie Boy" Persico – became acting boss
  • 1996–1999 — Andrew "Andy Mush" Russo – imprisoned
  • 2000–2003 — Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace – imprisoned
  • 2003–2008 — Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli – jailed
  • 2008–2009 — Ralph F. DeLeo – jailed, operated from New England
  • 2009–2010 — Ruling Panel – Theodore N. Persico, Jr. (jailed) and others
  • 2010–present — Andrew "Andy Mush" Russo – jailed January 2011

  • 1927-1962 — Joseph "Joe Malyak" Magliocco – promoted to Boss
  • 1962-1963 — Salvatore "Sally the Sheik" Mussachio – brother-in-law to Joseph Magliocco
  • 1963-1967 — John "Sonny" Franzese – imprisoned
  • 1967-1971 — Charles "Charlie Lemons" Mineo – Stepped down
  • 1971-1973 — Sebastian "Buster" Aloi
  • 1973-1977 — Anthony "Tony Shots" Abbatemarco – fled
    • Acting 1973-1975 — Andrew "Andy Mush" Russo
  • 1977-1981 — Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico – Carmine Persico's brother; promoted to Acting Boss
  • 1981-1994 — Gennaro "Jerry Lang" Langella – promoted to Acting Boss
    • Acting 1983-1987 — John "Sonny" Franzese – imprisoned
    • Acting 1987— Benedetto "Benny" Aloi
    • Acting 1991–1993 — Vacant — disputed leadership during the third war
  • 1994-1999 — Joel Cacace (moved to Consigliere)
    • Acting 1993-1999 — Benedetto "Benny" Aloi
  • 1999 — William "Wild Bill" Cutolo – murdered 1999
  • 1999-2004 — John DeRoss – imprisoned life sentence
    • Acting 2001-2003 — Thomas Gioeli (promoted to Acting Boss)
  • 2004–present — John "Sonny" Franzese (Jailed)
    • Acting 2008–2009 — Theodore "Skinny Teddy" Persico Jr. – Theodore Persico's son; joined the ruling panel
    • Acting 2009–present — Benjamin "The Claw" Castellazzo (Jailed)

  • 1931-1954 — Salvatore Profaci – Joseph Profaci's brother; died
  • 1954-1963 — Carlaggero "Charles the Sidge" LoCicero – murdered 1968
  • 1963-1969 — Benedetto D'Alessandro
  • 1970-1973 — Joseph "Joey Yack" Yacovelli – became Acting Boss 1971
  • 1973-1977 — Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico – Carmine Persico's brother; promoted to Underboss
  • 1977-1983 — Thomas "Old Man" DiBella – stepped down
  • 1983-1988 — Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico – Carmine Persico's brother; died in 1989
    • Acting 1983-1986 — Thomas "Old Man" DiBella – retired
    • Acting - 1987-1988 — Vincent "James" Angellino
  • 1988-1993 — Carmine Sessa
    • Acting - 1988-1991 — Benedetto "Benny" Aloi (promoted to Acting Underboss)
    • Acting - 1991–1993 — Vacant – disputed leadership during the third war
  • 1993-1999 — Vincenzo "Vinny" Aloi
  • 1999-2008 — Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace (promoted to Acting Boss)
    • Acting - 2001-2004 — Ralph "Ralphie" Lombardo
    • Acting - 2004-2008 — Vincenzo "Vinny" Aloi
  • 2008–present — Richard Fusco (Jailed)

Faction's of the third war
The Colombo family divided into two faction during the third family war (1991 to 1993).

The Persico faction

  • Boss – Carmine "Junior" Persico
  • Acting Boss – Joseph T. Tomasello
  • Underboss – Jerry Langella
  • Acting Underboss – Joseph "JoJo" Russo
  • Consigliere – Carmine Sessa

The Orena faction

  • Boss – Vittorio "Vic" Orena
  • Underboss – Joseph Scopo
  • Consigliere – Vincenzo Aloi

Current family members

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Current administration

  • Boss Carmine "Junior" Persico – has been boss since 1973. In 1986, Persico was convicted in the Mafia Commission Trial and sentenced to 100 years in federal prison. His projected release date is March 20, 2050.

  • Acting Boss Alphonse "Little Allie Boy" Persico – Carmine Persico's son, holding the title of "Acting Boss". In 2009, Alphonse was sentenced to life in prison and is currently in the United States Penitentiary, Florence in Colorado.

  • Street Boss Andrew "Andy Mush" Russo – is Carmine Persico's cousin. Russo has been a leading member of the family for more than forty years. In 2008, after his parole period expired, Russo became Street boss. In January 2011, Russo was imprisoned along other members of the Colombo family.

  • Underboss John "Sonny" Franzese – In 2011, was sentenced to eight years in prison
  • Acting Underboss Benjamin "The Claw" Castellazzo – jailed 2011
  • Consigliere Richard Fusco – jailed 2011

Brooklyn faction

  • William "Billy" Russo – a capo and the youngest son of Andrew Russo. His brother Joseph "Jo Jo" Russo died in prison in 2007.
  • Joseph Baudanza – a capo with operations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. Baudanza along with his brother Carmine and nephew John were arrested and convicted on stock fraud in 2008. Baudanza was released from prison in February 2011.

Long Island faction

  • Ralph Lombardo – a capo and former acting consigliere. Lombardo runs bookmaking and loansharking activities in Long Island.
  • Michael Uvino – a capo since 2007. Uvino ran his crew from "The sons of Italy Social Club" in Hauppauge, Long Island. In 2009, Uvino was sentenced to 10 years for running illegal card games on Long Island and for assaulting two men.

New Jersey faction

  • Thomas Petrizzo – a soldier, he operated a contracting company in Middlesex, New Jersey.

Florida faction

  • Reynold Maragni – a capo, he was running loansharking and illegal gambling in South Florida since the 1980s. Maragni was arrested during the January 2011 Federal indictments that arrested 127 mafia members.

New England faction

  • Ralph F. DeLeo – lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and led the New England faction for family. He met Alphonse "Little Allie Boy" Persico in prison in the 1990s, when he was released in 1997 he was inducted into Colombo crime family, in 2008 became Street Boss after Thomas Gioeli was arrested, in 2009 DeLoe was indicted on Racketeering chargers.

Imprisoned members

  • Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli – Persico supporter who ran a crew operating in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island. Gioeli's acting capo is Paul Bevacqua.
  • Theodore "Teddy" Persico - brother to Carmine Persico, uncle to Alphonse "Little Allie Boy" Persico, and father to Theodore N. Persico Jr. The 71 year-old mobster has been a capo in Brooklyn since the 1970s. Persico served on the family ruling panel in the early 1990s until his arrest. His projected release date is October 9, 2013.
  • John "Jackie" DeRoss – capo serving life in prison after his 2009 conviction for the 1999 William Cutolo murder. DeRoss is a cousin to Carmine Persico and was underboss from 1999 to 2004.
  • Anthony "Chucky" Russo - a Capo and a cousin to William "Billy" Russo, in 1990s worked closely with now deceased cousin Joseph "Jo Jo" Russo, operated in Brooklyn and Long Island.
  • Michael Catapano - nephew of John Franzese, Catapano is currently serving a 6½ year sentence after pleading guilty to extorting a pizzeria and a gambling club.
  • Vincent DeMartino – imprisoned until 2025

  • Vincenzo "Vinny" Aloi (semi-retired in 2008 residing in Florida)
  • Benedetto "Benny" Aloi - capo and brother to Vincent Aloi. During the third family war in the 1990s, Aloi was Orena's underboss. In 1991, Aloi was convicted in the Window Case, was released from prison on March 17, 2009. (semi-retired in 2009 residing in Florida)
  • Charles "Moose" Panarella

Family Crews
  • The Garfield Boys – was an Italian American street gang that operated in South Brooklyn sections of Red Hook and Gowanus. The gang was headed by future Colombo boss Carmine Persico from the 1950s and until the 1970s.

Controlled unions

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  • N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters The Colombo crime family and the Genovese crime family worked together from (1991-1996) extorting the N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters union. The Colombo family capo's Thomas Petrizzo and Vincent "Jimmy" Angellino were controlling Frederick Devine the President of N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters. The Genovese crime family had two members working inside the union, Anthony Fiorino (brother in-law to Liborio Bellomo) and Leonard Simon (brother in-law to Ralph Coppola) together the men gave hundreds of jobs and trust founds to their associates. In 1998 informants Sammy Gravano and Vincent Cafaro testified against Devine. He was found guilty of embezzling union funds and sentenced to fifteen months in prison.

Former members and associates

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  • Michael "Yuppie Don" Franzese - retired from the crime family
  • Joseph "Jo Jo" Russo - the oldest son of Andrew Russo, convicted in 1994 with his cousin Anthony "Chuckie" Russo both received life sentences when ex-FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio testified against them, in 2007 JoJo died of kidney cancer in prison.
  • Salvatore "Sally" D'Ambrosio – During the 1960s Gallo war, D'Ambrosio and future boss Carmine Persico attempted to murder mobster Larry Gallo. D'Ambrosio also participated in the murder of Joseph Gioelli.
  • Nicholas "Nicky" Bianco - joined the Patriarca crime family (Died in prison 1994)
  • Frank "Frankie Shots" Abbatemarco (Murdered in 1959)
  • Anthony "Big Tony" Peraino (Died of natural causes in 1996)
  • Dominick "Little Dom" Cataldo (Died in prison 1990)
  • Ralph "Little Ralphie" Scopo -(Died in prison 1993)
  • Antonio Cottone - Profaci associate in Sicily (Murdered in 1954)


  • Hugh "Apples" MacIntosh (Died in prison 1997)
  • Gerard Pappa (Murdered in 1980)
  • Frederick "Fred" Devine
  • Antonio-Anthony Rodriguez (Died of natural causes 1987)

Government informants and witnesses
2000-2011 informants

  • Paul "Paulie Guns" Bevacqua – former acting capo of the Gieoli crew. In 2011, Bevacqua became a government witness.
  • Dino "Big Dino" Calabro - former capo involved in the 1997 murder of NYPD officer Ralph Dols. Calabro was convicted of murder in 2009 and became a government witness in 2010. Calabro is going to testify against mobster Joel Cacace, who allegedly ordered him to murder Dols.
  • Anthony "Big Anthony" Russo - former acting capo, he is not related to Andrew Russo. In 2011, Russo was charged with the 1993 murder of Orena faction underboss Joseph Scopo and agreed to be a federal witness.
  • Joseph "Joey Caves" Competiello - former soldier, he was involved in the 1997 murder of NYPD officer Ralph Dols. Competiello became an informant in 2008 and led the FBI to find the body of Colombo mobster William Cutolo.
  • Joseph "Joe Campy" Campanella – former capo. In 2001, after surviving a assassination attempt, Campanella became a government witness.
  • Kenny "Kenji" Gallo - former associate. Gallo a Japanese American, worked for the Colombo family before becoming a government witnesses.

1990s informants

  • Gregory Scarpa, Sr. - notorious hitman and FBI informant from the 1970s to 1994. Scarpa Sr. died in prison from AIDS-related complications.
  • Carmine Sessa - in 1993 turned informant with the urging of his wife.

1970s informants

  • Joseph "Joe Pesh" Luparelli - was a Colombo associate and bodyguard to Joseph Yacovelli. Luparelli was part of the team that murdered Colombo mobster Joe Gallo. After the Gallo murder, a fearful Luparelli entered the Witness Protection Program and later testified against Yacovelli.

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