Joe Bruno on the Mob – Mob Wives in Real Life??


This might be a case of much ado about nothing. Or it might be the real McCoy.

http://www.amazon.com/Mobsters-Gangs-Crooks-Creeps-ebook/dp/B006H99D1U/ref=zg_bs_11010_5

In the past, the Feds have been accused of doing almost anything to take down a wiseguy, even if it means bending the rules just a little bit. Prosecuting Mafia guys, and winning a conviction, invariably leads to promotions within the department. So if it helps to use a mob guy’s wife as a pawn in building a big case against a wiseguy, well, it might be worth a shot.

The Feds are now claiming that April Saracino, wife of Colombo crime-family soldier Dino “Little Dino” Saracino, has been running her husband’s illegal loansharking business while her husband is awaiting trial on a variety of charges, including the allegation that he “helped murder an off-duty NYPD officer who had married a mobster’s ex-wife.”

Assistant US Attorney Liz Geddes wrote to a federal judge, “April Saracino was directly involved in Dino Saracino’s loan-sharking operation, by assisting in the collection of loan-shark debts. She knowingly profited from Dino Saracino’s loansharking business, which, in turn, was facilitated by his Colombo family membership.”

Now this may be true, and it may not be true. It seems that the bulk of the evidence against Mrs. Saracino comes from tapes made by a mob informant, probably out to save his own hide from rotting in prison for more years than he can endure. On these tapes, Mrs. Saracino allegedly said which loansharking customers of Saracino would continue to pay their debt and inquired whether the cooperator’s brother was still a “loan-sharking customer.” On another tape she was heard warning that one big debtor was up to his ears and had better “come through.” She also allegedly boasts on tape that she has her hubby’s little black book of loan-shark customers (and presumably she knows what to do with it).

Now some people, woman included (especially??), are known to say boastful things, even if they have only a vestige of truth in them. So, as I’m sure any good defense attorney will point out to a jury, maybe Mrs. Saracino was just blowing smoke in order to make herself a little more important than she really is. With her husband in jail, an attorney might point out, that having certain people a little afraid of you is not the worst thing in the world.

Who knows what the truth is here?

However, it might be looking a little dark for Mrs. Saracino (and her husband by extension), because Dino Saracino’s brother, mobster-turned-informant Sebastiano “Sebby” Saracino, is “expected to testify for the prosecution.”

It also might be telling that Dino Saracino has been in jail for three years, and his case has still not come to trial. Do the Feds have enough evidence at the present time to convict him ? Or does the delay just mean that both sides are hurling procedural motions at each other which have put off the trial for three whole years. The fact that Mrs. Saracino, being prosecuted for continuing to run her husband’s loansharking business, might just be a ploy to get her husband to agree to a plea agreement.

Like one defense attorney said in the article below, “It’s quite possible that the government would choose to prosecute a wife on marginal charges to gain a strategic advantage and leverage over her husband.”

Or maybe Mrs. Saracino truly is a real-life version of the TV program “Mob Wives.”

Stay tuned for further developments.

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/mob_wife_runs_family_biz_feds_fUmzYYz3forcPBSYyDnEBO

Mob wife runs family biz – feds

By MITCHEL MADDUX

Last Updated: 11:12 AM, November 24, 2011

She kept it all in the family.

After Colombo crime-family soldier Dino “Little Dino” Saracino was busted by the FBI in 2008, his wife, April, took over his loan-sharking operation and kept the street money flowing, Brooklyn federal prosecutors charged in court documents yesterday.

And she took to it like a pro, tapes secretly recorded by an FBI informant show.

Although the feds haven’t charged her, prosecutors suggest April Saracino is a “co-conspirator” deeply involved in the intricacies of running a Mafia “shylock” business.

April Saracino was directly involved in Dino Saracino’s loan-sharking operation . . . by assisting in the collection of loan-shark debts,” Assistant US Attorney Liz Geddes wrote to a federal judge.

She knowingly profited from [Dino] Saracino’s loansharking business, which, in turn, was facilitated by [his] Colombo family membership.”

Her hubby even appeared to coach her on how to run the family business should “anything . . . happen” to land him in jail, prosecutors said.

April Saracino informed [an FBI cooperator] which loanshark customers of Saracino would continue to pay their debt [and] inquired whether [the cooperator’s] brother was still a loan-sharking customer,” prosecutors noted.

Another tape allegedly has the wife warning that one big debtor was up to his ears and had better “come through” — and boasts that she has her hubby’s little black book of loan-shark customers.

The feds say they plan to use April Saracino’s alleged activities to build a case against her husband, who is awaiting trial on a variety of charges — including the allegation that he helped murder an off-duty NYPD officer who had married a mobster’s ex-wife.

Dino Saracino’s brother, mobster-turned-informant Sebastiano “Sebby” Saracino, is expected to testify for the prosecution.

Experts say the wives of wiseguys still tend to stay away from their husbands’ illicit activities, but “more and more are getting involved,” a source said.

Take Alicia DiMichelle — another Colombo mob wife facing legal problems in similar circumstances.

DiMichelle is an equal partner with her husband, Edward “Tall Guy” Garofalo Jr., according to the feds.

Brooklyn feds say the “mobette” — a 38-year-old mother of three — helped the Colombos embezzle union pension and benefit-plan money while working at mob-controlled construction companies.

Experts say when mob wives do play roles in their gangster guys’ activities, it tends to be peripheral — like having homes or cars placed in their names to avoid seizure.

But when the ladies of the underworld are prosecuted for helping their husbands, some defense attorneys believe the cases have more strategic than legal importance.

It’s quite possible that the government would choose to prosecute a wife on marginal charges to gain a strategic advantage and leverage over her husband,” said one defense lawyer who has represented reputed mobsters.

mmaddux@nypost.com

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/mob_wife_runs_family_biz_feds_fUmzYYz3forcPBSYyDnEBO

Mob wife runs family biz – feds

By MITCHEL MADDUX

Last Updated: 11:12 AM, November 24, 2011

Posted: 1:10 AM, November 24, 2011

More Print

She kept it all in the family.

After Colombo crime-family soldier Dino “Little Dino” Saracino was busted by the FBI in 2008, his wife, April, took over his loan-sharking operation and kept the street money flowing, Brooklyn federal prosecutors charged in court documents yesterday.

And she took to it like a pro, tapes secretly recorded by an FBI informant show.

Although the feds haven’t charged her, prosecutors suggest April Saracino is a “co-conspirator” deeply involved in the intricacies of running a Mafia “shylock” business.

April Saracino was directly involved in Dino Saracino’s loan-sharking operation . . . by assisting in the collection of loan-shark debts,” Assistant US Attorney Liz Geddes wrote to a federal judge.

SHARK TANK: Jailed mob “shylock” Dino Saracino.

She knowingly profited from [Dino] Saracino’s loansharking business, which, in turn, was facilitated by [his] Colombo family membership.”

Her hubby even appeared to coach her on how to run the family business should “anything . . . happen” to land him in jail, prosecutors said.

April Saracino informed [an FBI cooperator] which loanshark customers of Saracino would continue to pay their debt [and] inquired whether [the cooperator’s] brother was still a loan-sharking customer,” prosecutors noted.

Another tape allegedly has the wife warning that one big debtor was up to his ears and had better “come through” — and boasts that she has her hubby’s little black book of loan-shark customers.

The feds say they plan to use April Saracino’s alleged activities to build a case against her husband, who is awaiting trial on a variety of charges — including the allegation that he helped murder an off-duty NYPD officer who had married a mobster’s ex-wife.

Dino Saracino’s brother, mobster-turned-informant Sebastiano “Sebby” Saracino, is expected to testify for the prosecution.

Experts say the wives of wiseguys still tend to stay away from their husbands’ illicit activities, but “more and more are getting involved,” a source said.

Take Alicia DiMichelle — another Colombo mob wife facing legal problems in similar circumstances.

DiMichelle is an equal partner with her husband, Edward “Tall Guy” Garofalo Jr., according to the feds.

Brooklyn feds say the “mobette” — a 38-year-old mother of three — helped the Colombos embezzle union pension and benefit-plan money while working at mob-controlled construction companies.

Experts say when mob wives do play roles in their gangster guys’ activities, it tends to be peripheral — like having homes or cars placed in their names to avoid seizure.

But when the ladies of the underworld are prosecuted for helping their husbands, some defense attorneys believe the cases have more strategic than legal importance.

It’s quite possible that the government would choose to prosecute a wife on marginal charges to gain a strategic advantage and leverage over her husband,” said one defense lawyer who has represented reputed mobsters.

mmaddux@nypost.com

http://www.josephbrunowriter.com/index.html

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