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FBI — Eleven Individuals, Including Members and Associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, Indicted

FBI — Eleven Individuals, Including Members and Associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, Indicted

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Eleven Individuals, Including Members and Associates of the Genovese Organized Crime Family,Indicted
Charges Include Racketeering Conspiracy, Extortion, Illegal Gambling, Union Embezzlement, and Obstructionof Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
 April 18, 2012
Eastern District of New York 
(718) 254-7000 An 18-count indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn this morning charging 11 individuals,including several made members and associates of the Genovese organized crime family of La CosaNostra (the “Genovese family”), variously with racketeering conspiracy, extortion, illegal gambling,union embezzlement, and obstruction of justice. The defendants will make their initial appearance latertoday before United States Magistrate Judge Marilyn D. Go at the U.S. Courthouse at 225 Cadman PlazaEast in Brooklyn, New York.The case was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New  York; Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York FieldOffice; Robert Panella, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General,Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, New York Region; Raymond W. Kelly,Commissioner, New York City Police Department; and Rose Gill Hearn, Commissioner, New York City Department of Investigation (DOI). As alleged in the indictment and a detention memorandum filed by the government today, ConradIanniello is a captain in the Genovese family. James Bernardone, the Secretary Treasurer of Local 124 of the International Union of Journeymen and Allied Trades (IUJAT), and Salvester Zarzana, the formerPresident of Local 926 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, are both soldiers in theGenovese family. Ryan Ellis, Paul Gasparrini, William Panzera, and Robert Scalza, the Secretary Treasurer of IUJAT Local 713, are associates of the Genovese family. Also named as defendants areRobert Fiorello, Rodney Johnson, Felice Masullo, and John Squitieri.Ianniello is charged with, among other crimes, racketeering conspiracy, including predicate acts of illegalgambling; conspiring to extort vendors at the annual Feast of San Gennaro held in Little Italy, New York in 2008; and, along with Scalza and Ellis, conspiring to extort a labor union between April 2008 andMay 2008 in order to induce the union to cease its efforts to organize workers at a company on LongIsland. Based on their threats, the defendants allegedly hoped to pave the way for Scalza’s union, IUJATLocal 713, to unionize the company instead.The indictment charges Bernardone and Gasparrini with racketeering conspiracy, including predicateacts of conspiring to extort a subcontractor related to work performed at construction sites inManhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn from approximately 2006 to 2009, including work performed at aHampton Inn located on Ditmars Boulevard in Queens. Zarzana is also charged with extortion related toone of those construction sites. In addition, the indictment alleges that in 2008, Squitieri embezzledmoney from employee pension and annuity funds of Local 7-Tile, Marble, and Terrazzo of theBricklayers and Allied Craftworkers union by providing non-union laborers to perform tile-related work during a renovation at the Paramount Hotel in Manhattan, thereby avoiding paying into Local 7’semployee pension benefit plans. Johnson, a project manager at the Paramount Hotel renovation, ischarged with obstruction of justice in connection with his efforts to impede a federal grand jury investigation conducted in this district that ultimately resulted in the charges brought in the indictmentunsealed today.Finally, Panzera and Fiorello are charged with crimes related to their involvement in loansharking andthe extortionate collection of money from a victim.“This indictment is the most recent chapter in this office’s continued fight against organized crime’sefforts to infiltrate unions and businesses operating in New York City. Where others saw a city festival,urban renewal, and job growth, these defendants allegedly saw only a chance to line their pockets at theexpense of hard working individuals. And when law enforcement began to probe their actions, onedefendant allegedly went so far as to try to block that investigation,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “Organized crime figures and union officials who seek to earn money by corrupting legitimate
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