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Hollander - July 16, 2008 11:33 AM (GMT)
Mob counterfeit ring run by Bergen wiseguy, authorities say

BY JUSTO BAUTISTA
Staff Writer

A band of criminals sent from Italy by the Naples equivalent of the Sicilian Mafia ran a counterfeiting ring in the tri-state area that sold knock-off clothing and electronics on street corners, at flea markets and on the Internet, authorities said today.

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The ring was led by Giovanni DeMaio, 58, of Cliffside Park, who imported items such as video cameras, MP3 players and clothing through his company, La Palma Imports, and then placed counterfeit labels on them, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.

The group working under DeMaio consisted of dozens of people sent by the Naples-based Licciardi organized crime family, authorities said. The Licciardi family is part of the Camorra organized crime syndicate — Naples’ version of the Mafia, according to Italian police.

The investigation began seven months ago when detectives learned that DeMaio was involved in a counterfeiting operation, Molinelli said.

Armed with search warrants, detectives from the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Squad raided DeMaio’s house on Friday, his company warehouse in North Bergen, and a house in Palisades Park where authorities said many Italian nationals allegedly involved in the scam were living.

Looking for counterfeit merchandise, the detectives found two semi-automatic handguns, silencers for the handguns, two revolvers, a shotgun, handcuffs, dozens of rounds of ammunition, several blasting caps, and a hat and wig sew together as a disguise.

Prosecutor’s Chief of Detectives Joseph Macellaro called the hat and wig “suspicious” and said his office was working with local, state and federal lawmen to determine whether any of the firearms and silencers were connected to any crimes.

Hundreds of items of counterfeit merchandize, including Apple iPod labels, were recovered at the warehouse, police said.

Molinelli said the investigation was related to a 2005 case, in which the prosecutor’s office learned that an organized ring, made up of Italian nationals connected to the Licciardi crime family, were selling counterfeit merchandise.

Proceeds from the scam were funneled back to the organized crime leadership in Italy, authorities said. The disposition of the 2005 case was not immediately available.

DeMaio was being held on $500,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail, and was scheduled for an appearance in Central Municipal Court in Hackensack at 4 p.m. today.

He is charged with five counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of silencers, possession of explosive devices, possession of hollow point bullets and trademark counterfeiting.

Also arrested Friday was Ciro Zuppardi, 44, of Palisades Park. He was charged with one count of trademark counterfeiting and released pending a court appearance.

It’s not clear when the last Camorra-related bust occurred in New Jersey.

The Camorra is based in the Campania region of Italy, and has been blamed for a garbage crises in and around Naples. Many of its members fled Italy around the turn of the century and merged with Italian-American mob families in the United States after a bloody war between the two groups.

Today, the Camorra is one of the most powerful organized crime groups in the world, dwarfing the Sicilian Mafia in Italy. The group allegedly sells millions of dollars in knock-off merchandise across the globe.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/crimeandco...rfeit_ring.html

Hollander - July 16, 2008 12:43 PM (GMT)
Ganging Up?
Feds say infamous Italian crews may be working out of South Philly eatery.
by Brendan McGarvey and Gabriele J. Valentine
Published: Sep 26, 2007


There's a little restaurant in South Philly that some consider a mafia hangout, but nobody in law enforcement is quite sure what mob the guys there belong to. Some patrons are Italian immigrants who regularly travel between South Philly and southern Italy. They speak English with thick Italian accents and a few dress more like European bankers than street-corner toughs.

The owner of the restaurant — which, for the time being, will go unidentified — is from somewhere in Italy. While a source claims the owner is from Naples, most of the owner's friends are Sicilian, and they treat the owner with "boss" deference. Says one eyewitness, there is "a lot of kissing on the cheeks and clasping of hands."

During the day, Italian immigrants from the neighborhood and men from as far away as Toronto and Naples visit the owner and his men. In several rooms above the restaurant, there are meetings, card games and parties almost every night. One law enforcement source tells City Paper the owner runs a loan-shark operation and construction company.

"The owner is back and forth between Philly and Sicily a lot," says one neighbor of the business located not too far from the stadiums. "He is involved in some shady international stuff."

But whatever the restaurant owner and his Sicilian boys are up to, they don't seem to have much interaction with the local Italian-American Mafia, allegedly run by Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi. At least one state law enforcement investigator thinks they're part of some other secret criminal organization from Italy.

"Could be Camorra or 'Ndrangheta," the source offers.

The Camorra — which means "gang" in Italian — originated in Naples as a prison crew some 200 years ago and is said to have 6,000 members. During the 1970s, the Camorra battled the 20,000-member Sicilian Mafia for control of the Italian underworld.

The 'Ndrangheta — which means "courage" in Italian — is based in Calabria and is said to have 5,000 members who generate more than $21 billion from illegal activities. Just last month, 'Ndragheta gunmen murdered six Italians in a pizzeria in Duisberg, Germany; the killings are part of a bloody feud between rival crime clans from Calabria vying to control Europe's cocaine trade.

For the most part, the Sicilian Mafia, Camorra and 'Ndrangheta put aside their differences 30 years ago to work together to run international drug-smuggling networks. That had a local and immediate effect. In July 1989, FBI agents arrested members of the Sicilian Mafia and the 'Ndrangheta with three pounds of heroin at a rest stop on I-95 in Delaware. At the same time, federal agents began documenting business meetings between leaders of a Sicilian Mafia group and an 'Ndrangheta gang operating out of Queens, NY. (The Sicilian Mafia had been meeting and working with various American crime families for generations.)

"We know these guys have been operating in the United States for more than 20 years now," an organized crime expert says. "The Mafia. The Camorra. The 'Ndrangheta. They're very dangerous. I just hope they haven't gotten a foothold here in South Philadelphia."

x-man - July 16, 2008 06:40 PM (GMT)
yea i posted this one in phili organized crime long time ago....

Hollander - July 18, 2008 12:07 AM (GMT)
The Camorra sold millions of knock-off designer jeans in the malls of New York, New Jersey and Chicago and practically owned the market in Florida.

And two American women, former NATO officials had love affairs with boss Sandokan Schiavone :D

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...8062702866.html

x-man - July 19, 2008 03:02 PM (GMT)
i guess you already know that the "sopranos" were camorra and not LCN....

tony's family are from avelino- a famous camorra village.

antimafia - July 19, 2008 04:31 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (x-man @ Jul 19 2008, 09:02 AM)
i guess you already know that the "sopranos" were camorra and not LCN....

tony's family are from avelino- a famous camorra village.

x-man:

The fictional crime family that the Sopranos were a part of is an American LCN family. The boss of that family before he died was the character Jackie Aprile, who was referred to in one episode that I know of -- by Tony himself -- as Sicilian. (I assume that Jackie, like Tony, was born in the US. But I could be wrong.)

You are correct about Tony and the relatives on his side of the family descending from Avellino. But as I wrote above, Tony was born in America. He was not related to the character Furio Giunta, whose going over to work for Tony was part of a deal Tony made when he went to Naples and made that deal for the stolen Mercedes vehicles.

Federico Castelluccio, who played Furio, was actually born in Naples and moved to the US when he was quite young.

Hollander - July 19, 2008 04:56 PM (GMT)
Some notorious members of the American Cosa Nosta are Neapolitan-American.

Joe Adonis
Al Capone
William Cutolo
Roy DeMeo
Joseph Esposito
Jimmy Fratianno
Joe Gallo
Vito Genovese
Vincent Gigante
John Gotti
Dominic Napolitano
Paul Ricca
Frank Tieri

Carmelo - July 19, 2008 06:31 PM (GMT)
yes Hollander, in Usa part of the local Lcn have neapolitans and calabrians origins although the most have sicilian ones
according to turncoats in Italy the Casalesi clan and several others like Bardellino, Licciardi, Nuvoletta are members of Cosa Nostra, camorra is a generic name like mafia

Galante - July 19, 2008 08:03 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Hollander @ Jul 19 2008, 10:56 AM)
Some notorious members of the American Cosa Nosta are Neapolitan-American.

Joe Adonis
Al Capone
William Cutolo
Roy DeMeo
Joseph Esposito
Jimmy Fratianno
Joe Gallo
Vito Genovese
Vincent Gigante
John Gotti
Dominic Napolitano
Paul Ricca
Frank Tieri

dont forget Anthony Casso.

Hollander - July 19, 2008 08:54 PM (GMT)
The Sopranos are based on the Boiardos, Ruggiero Boiardo was born in Napels.

x-man - July 20, 2008 06:33 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Hollander @ Jul 19 2008, 02:54 PM)
The Sopranos are based on the Boiardos, Ruggiero Boiardo was born in Napels.

i think they based on the DeCavalcante Family .

GangstersInc - July 20, 2008 06:37 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (x-man @ Jul 20 2008, 07:33 PM)
i think they based on the DeCavalcante Family .

Nope, that's what the DeCavalcante mobsters were thinking and overheard saying on a bug, but Chase said he based it on the Boiardos.

x-man - July 20, 2008 06:43 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (GangstersInc @ Jul 20 2008, 12:37 PM)
Nope, that's what the DeCavalcante mobsters were thinking and overheard saying on a bug, but Chase said he based it on the Boiardos.

thanks, good to know that...

GangstersInc - July 20, 2008 07:15 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (x-man @ Jul 20 2008, 07:43 PM)
thanks, good to know that...

Yes, a lot of people assumed it was based on the DeCavalcantes due to those comments being taken out of context as well as of course the fact that they too were a NJ family. Hollander posted the article either in The Sopranos thread or somewhere in this section.

Hollander - July 20, 2008 11:57 PM (GMT)
Bioardo was a NJ capo in the Genovese Family the Hesh Rabkin character was based on Morris Levy also a Genovese mobster/associate.
http://ca.geocities.com/raldonner@rogers.com/levy.jpg

Bonanno - July 21, 2008 09:17 AM (GMT)

Mucho Lucho - July 23, 2008 09:05 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (GangstersInc @ Jul 21 2008, 05:37 AM)
Nope, that's what the DeCavalcante mobsters were thinking and overheard saying on a bug, but Chase said he based it on the Boiardos.

where are the Boiardos from? are they an original NJ family, iv never heard about them before.

GangstersInc - July 23, 2008 10:10 AM (GMT)
Let's stay on topic: Camorra in the US :)

I have opened a seperate Boiardo topic. The Sopranos already have their own topic in the tv/movie forum.

Hollander - August 20, 2008 09:14 AM (GMT)


Counterfeit ring with ties to Italian crime family used North Bergen warehouse, cops say
by Michaelangelo Conte
Tuesday July 15, 2008, 12:43 PM

An investigation into a ring selling counterfeit merchandise and funneling the proceeds to the Licciardi organized crime family in Naples, Italy, resulted in two arrests and seizure of counterfeit merchandise in a North Bergen warehouse, Bergen County officials announced yesterday.

Hundreds of items of counterfeit merchandise where found at the La Palma Imports warehouse on Broad Avenue that led to the arrest of Giovanini DeMaio, 58, of Cliffside Park and Ciro Zuppardi, 44, of Palisades Park, officials said.


A search of DeMaio's home turned up four handguns and silencers, a shotgun, handcuffs, a hat and wig sewn together as a disguise, ammunition, and several blasting caps, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in a written statement.

He was charged with five counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of silencers, possession of explosives, possession of hollow point bullets, and trademark counterfeiting, officials said.

Zuppardi was charged with trademark counterfeiting, officials said.

The investigation was based on a 2005 probe that uncovered a group of Italian nationals connected to the Licciardi family using dozens of people to peddle counterfeit merchandise in the tri-state area, officials said.

Detectives later learned that a new group sent over by the crime family was operating with DeMaio as it's leader, officials said. DeMaio was remanded to the Bergen County jail on $500,000 bail, officials said, adding that Zuppardi was issued a summons and released.

Investigators are working to determine whether the firearms and silencers recovered have been used in the commission of crimes, officials said. That investigation determined that the proceeds of the sale of the counterfeit items - which included video cameras, MP3 players and clothing - were sent back to Licciardi family bosses in Italy, officials said.

Italian police say the Licciardi crime family is part of the Camorra organized crime syndicate, officials said.



Hollander - August 20, 2008 09:31 AM (GMT)

x-man - October 17, 2008 08:05 PM (GMT)
have someone got a link to an article published in MSN homepage about camorra presence in the usa and their activities with the russians???, i heard that kind of article was published in the last days and i can't find it.

thanks.

dave c - November 15, 2008 06:21 PM (GMT)

This:

The Mafia-Camorra War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia-Camorra_War

Usual Wikipedia crap, full of mistakes.

Boiardo - interestingly, Joe Valachi in his unpublished memoirs said that he and henchman Steve Rannelli were the guys who seriously wounded Boiardo in November 1930 outside his house in Newark.

Dutch - November 17, 2008 10:34 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (dave c @ Nov 15 2008, 12:21 PM)
The Mafia-Camorra War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia-Camorra_War

Usual Wikipedia crap, full of mistakes.


Nothing stops you from re-editing the Wikipedia text. It would give you the possibility to indirectly advertise your book as well. It is easy to complain - maybe a more positive attitude is more useful? All the best with your book, looking forward to read it.


GangstersInc - November 17, 2008 04:01 PM (GMT)
You know, the problem with Wikipedia is that once someone like Dave C puts in the effort to correct mistakes, someone else will change the edit back into its original state. It is a neverending battle that cannot be won. Unless "popular culture/opinion" adopts the new truth. Until then you'll have all these 'facts' that have been proved false years ago that are accepted as gospel.

Dutch - November 20, 2008 06:32 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (GangstersInc @ Nov 17 2008, 10:01 AM)
You know, the problem with Wikipedia is that once someone like Dave C puts in the effort to correct mistakes, someone else will change the edit back into its original state. It is a neverending battle that cannot be won. Unless "popular culture/opinion" adopts the new truth. Until then you'll have all these 'facts' that have been proved false years ago that are accepted as gospel.

Well, that might have been the case some time ago. I think if you properly reference your contributions there will be no problem. The entries on Italian Mafia, Camorra and 'Ndrangheta members have improved enormously lately, and I see that they are regularly quoted on this forum. The entries on members of La Cosa Nostra in the US are an absolute mess, I agree. Most of them have to be deleted and started from scratch.




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