Gambino Sons, Others Arrested on Extortion Charges
NEW YORK (AP) _ Two sons of the late crime boss Carlo Gambino were arrested on charges of monopolizing trucking in the city’s garment district with threats, extortion and violence.
State indictments accuse Thomas and Joseph Gambino, along with five other trucking executives, of dividing the district into zones, each run by a specific mob-controlled trucking company that agreed not to compete in another’s territory.
With competition eliminated, mob truckers could charge extortionate rates and extract millions of dollars more in profits than a legitimate trucking concern would have earned, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said Thursday.
That caused ″a ‘mob tax’ on every garment shipped in New York City, which is ultimately passed along to the consumer,″ Morgenthau said.
If a garment shipper used an independent trucker, Morgenthau said, the mob truckers would make the shipper pay them anyway.
The suspects used their reputations as gangland figures to scare dozens of manufacturers and contractors into cooperating, he said.
During the two-year investigation, undercover police ran a dress shop, Morgenthau said. The officers also ran a small trucking company.
One indictment charges Thomas Gambino, 61; brother Joseph, 54; and their employees John DiSalvo, 39, and Raymond Buccafusco, 61, with enterprise corruption and 52 other counts of larceny by extortion, coercion and restraint of trade.
Thomas Gambino was the head of the criminal enterprise while his brother and DiSalvo were his principal operating officers, Morgenthau said.
The millionaire Gambino brothers are sons of the late ″boss of all bosses,″ Carlo Gambino, who ran the gang that bears his name and is now allegedly controlled by John Gotti.
If convicted, they face up to 25 years in prison and loss of their trucking companies. The companies, also charged in the indictment, are Consolidated Carriers, Clothing Carriers, Greenberg’s Express, and GRG Delivery Corp.
Named in a second indictment on charges similar to those in the first are Michael Vuolo, 55; David Stuart, 49, of Hollywood, Fla.; Stuart’s son, Mark, 27; and six companies they own.
At arraignment in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, the city’s trial-level court, Acting Justice Herbert Altman set bond ranging from $50,000 for Buccafusco and Mark Stuart to $1 million for Thomas Gambino. The defendants later posted bond and were released.