More than 120 members from seven different Mafia families have arrested the U.S. authorities.
The takedown was the result of multiple investigations. Federal probes aided by mob turncoats have decimated the families’ ranks in recent years and have resulted in lengthy prison terms for several leaders.
Attorney General Eric HolderEric Holder said the arrests amounted to the largest mafia crackdown in the history of the FBI.
Mr Holder said mafia-controlled taxes, which can affect ports and small businesses, have a negative impact on the US economy.
The arrests persons were involved in narcotics, murder of people and extortion. For example, one of the men alleged to have committed a double murder, because someone has changed pours his drink in a bar. It also involves the extortion of protection money, money laundering, illegal gambling, loan fraud and other crimes.
Authorities say the investigation was aided by informants who recorded thousands of conversations by suspected mobsters.
Luigi Manocchio, the reputed former head of New England’s Patriarca crime family, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence said. An indictment accused him of collecting protection payments from strip club owners. Also arrested was Thomas Iafrate, who worked as a bookkeeper for strip clubs and set aside money for Manocchio, prosecutors said.
On Friday, a federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced John “Sonny” Franzese, 93, to eight years in prison for extorting Manhattan strip clubs and a pizzeria on Long Island.
Arrested were both petty criminals but also high-level bosses: Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Bonanno, Colombo and DeCavalcante families, officials said.