Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano Says She is Behind Her Father Anthony Graziano 100 Per Cent
January 29, 2012
In a recent post on her Twitter account, Renee Graziano, co-star of “MobWives,” told the world that she is behind her father, Anthony Graziano, 100 percent, and has had no contact with her ex-husband Hector Pagan since he wore a wire and became a rat against her father.
Renee also posted that the Mob Wives episode which showed her and Pagan reconciling was taped before it became common knowledge that Pagan had gone over to Team America.
In typical Twitter language, Renee posted, “”Aj n I stand behind MY FATHER TG and only MY FATHER wht ur r cin on tv was shot prior 2 jr becoming a ci We have no contact w jr!!!!!!!!” Additionally, she tweeted, “MY father would die and rot in prison 4 ratting anf that’s how his life style shld b WHOEVER comitts the crime DOES the time.”
As a result of of Pagan continually helping the Feds, on January 26, Anthony Graziano was arrested again, along with Vito Balsamo, Nicholas Santora, Anthony Calabrese, James LaForte, and Vincent Badalamenti. All men were charged with “racketeering, extortion, illegal gambling, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana,” If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.
According to the New York Post, “The massive sweep against the Bonanno leadership stems in part from the assistance of former mob associate Hector Pagan, who is the ex-husband of ‘Mob Wives’ star Renee Graziano.”
Ok, I buy Renee Graziano’s explanation that the episode where she and Pagan were all lovey-dovey again was taped before it became common knowledge Pagan had become a government informant. There is a general lag time of two-three months from when a show is shot and when it airs. But Mob Wives is produced by Renee’s sister Jennifer Graziano and it’s hard to believe that Jennifer could not have told VH1, which televises the show, that the reconciliation between Renee and Pagan was no longer valid. Or at the very least, a disclaimer could have been run in the opening, or closing credits, stating the change in circumstances between Renee Graziano and Hector Pagan.
But I guess the root of all evil is money, and there must be tons of money to be made by everyone associated with the show. So why rock the boat?
Still, it’s hard not to feel a little bit sorry for Renee Graziano and her son AJ; especially the son, who is an innocent bystander in all this drama. The only bad guy here is Pagan Sr.
Truthfully, I just wish that Mob Wives and all other programs like it, would just go away. (Jersey Shore too). They serve no useful purpose except to line the pockets of the participants, and make legitimate Italian-Americans cringe at the over-the-top stereotypes portrayed.
This is what I previously wrote about the Pagan/Graziano situation:
Feds Bust Members of Bonanno Crime Family, Including Father of “Mob Wives” Star Renee Graziano
In a joint FBI-Drug Enforcement Agency bust early morning today, federal agents arrested and charged several high-ranking members of the Bonanno crime family, including the father of Mob Wives star Renee Graziano. According to reports, the bust is thanks in part to former mob associate-turned-DEA informant, Hector “Junior” Pagan, who is Renee’s ex-husband and has appeared on the series numerous times.
Among the others arrested were acting captain Vito Balsamo, Bonanno family capo Nicholas Santora, soldier Anthony Calabrese, and member Vincent Badalamenti. Graziano was already in police custody after a prior conviction, but he was charged in court along with the others arrested today.
According to law enforcement officials, they were all charged with “racketeering, extortion, illegal gambling, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana,” and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Recent episodes of Mob Wives had shown a reconciliation between Pagan and Renee, but according to Renee’s Twitter account, that was all before the bust. “Aj n I stand behind MY FATHER TG and only MY FATHER wht ur r cin on tv was shot prior 2 jr becoming a ci We have no contact w jr!!!!!!!!” Additionally, she tweeted, “MY father would die and rot in prison 4 ratting anf that’s how his life style shld b WHOEVER comitts the crime DOES the time.”
Graziano was indicted just last week for separate charges of extortion, after Pagan reportedly wore a wire and recorded his conversations with him about collecting a loan shark debt.
Joe Bruno on the Mob – Ex-Son-in-Law Rats on Anthony Graziano
If VHI wants to run another show to complement “Mob Wives” named “Rat Ex-Husbands of Mob Wives,” Hector “Junior” Pagan would undoubtedly be the star.
In a shocking development, Pagan, who was married to “Mob Wives” co-star Renee Graziano, and was a constant presence on the show last season, has joined Team America, and the first person he ratted on was his ex-father-in-law, reputed Bonanno crime family capo Anthony Graziano.
According to published reports on Jerry Capeci’s “Gangland” website (ganglandnews.com), Pagan was looking at big time in prison for the armed robbery of a high-stakes poker game. Instead of doing his time like a man, Pagan agreed to wear a wire while talking to Graziano, while Graziano was finishing up the last stage an eight-year prison bit in home detention. On this wire, Graziano allegedly instructed Pagan to collect $25,000 to smooth over a long-stand loansharking debt of $150,000.
Since “Mob Wives” is advertised as a “Reality Show,” the news of her rat ex-brother-in-law didn’t seem to faze the show’s creator Jennifer Graziano, who is, amazingly enough, another daughter of Anthony Graziano. Ms. Graziano said, “It is a reality show, and I knew this was going to be personal to me going into this. But I didn’t know this was going to happen. We’re making a reality show, and this is the reality of what’s going on.”
It sure is.
Since the show started last season, Anthony Graziano, because he didn’t like them airing out their dirty laundry in public, has refused to talk to either of his daughters. In light of recent developments, it’s a safe bet Anthony Graziano now wishes he hadn’t talked to his ex-son-in-law either.
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Feds bust high-ranking Bonanno crime family members in sweeping probe
By MITCHEL MADDUX
Last Updated: 1:25 PM, January 27, 2012
Posted: 9:38 AM, January 27, 2012
Federal agents busted several high-ranking Bonanno crime family members today and charged them with racketeering and extortion, authorities said.
Among those arrested in the joint FBI-Drug Enforcement Administration probe were two senior members of the Bonanno ruling administration, Anthony “TG” Graziano and Vinny Badalamenti, law enforcement sources said.
Bonanno captain Nicky Santoro was also charged in the sweep as were soldiers Vito Balsamo and Anthony Calabrese, sources said.
A Gambino crime family associate, James LaForte, was also arrested in the early morning raids, sources said.
The suspects were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Brooklyn federal court.
Graziano was already facing previous extortion charges in a separate case.
The massive sweep against the Bonanno leadership stems in part from the assistance of former mob associate Hector Pagan, who is the ex-husband of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano.
Pagan is now a DEA informant.
Renee Graziano is the daughter of Anthony Graziano.
Anthony Graziano, 71, was released recently from prison, but then quickly ensnared in an earlier Drug Enforcement Administration probe that pre-dated today’s developments.
In that previous case, Pagan — a Bonanno associate-turned DEA informant — reportedly wore a wire and secretly recorded conversations for the feds with his ex-father-in-law while discussing the collection of a loanshark debt.
Anthony Graziano was indicted by Brooklyn federal prosecutors on those earlier charges just last week.
Renee Graziano is back with Hector Pagan ex-husband Hector Pagan Jr. (a.k.a. Junior) and the father of her son AJ (Anthony John). Hector Pagan Jr.
Last year Junior Pagan was rounded up in a major mob bust, leaving Renee devastated. She briefly got back with her ex-husband, but left him after she found out he was seeing other women.
On tonight’s episode Junior wanted to spend time with Renee in the six months he had while he wanted for his sentencing for the last bust. He told Renee that her brush with death during her plastic surgery nightmare scared him because he didn’t want to lose her. When she asked if he didn’t want to lose her because he was still in love with her, or because he loved her, he replied “both,” which made her break down. Renee replied “I’ve been waiting for this for year. For years I’ve been in love with you, only you.”
She asked him to completely forget all the other girls.
We’re not sure if they’re still together, as this episode was taped several months ago, but Renee tweeted while watching the episode: “I have so much love in my heart 4 my sons father that it hurts @ times.” That’s so sweet! Sounds like Renee and Junior have a very strong bond that won’t ever be broken.
This December we actually learned that Pagan was an FBI informant this year for Renee’s dad Anthony Graziano. Junior was reportedly wearing a wire for a year. That’s bound to create more trouble in the family. Anthony Graziano wasn’t speaking to his daughters Renee and Jennifer (Mob Wives producer) because of the Mob Wives show.
Renee has made it very clear that she doesn’t want her son A.J. to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. She wants him to go to college and make an honest life. Hopefully, with his parents happy, and his father cutting his mob ties, he’ll be able to fulfill his mother’s dream.
Junior Pagan, Mob Wives, Renee Graziano
Renee finally gets the apology that she’s always wanted from Junior. Watch.
At the end of Jan. 8 episode of Mob Wives, Renee Graziano had a serious talk with her ex-husband Junior Pagan — and they decided to try and get back together. During the upcoming Jan. 15 episode, Junior takes Renee to a nice dinner so that they can spend some time talking. But during this emotional dinner, Junior finally admits that he is the reason their marriage fell apart.
“You went into prison at 18 years old. You came home at 22. We were married two years later. We were kids,” Renee tells Junior in a preview video. “We got off to a very rocky start right from the beginning. We didn’t have the most successful marriage.”
Junior at first tries to blame Renee. “That’s because you like to control people,” he says. “That’s why we had issues.”
“No Junior,” Renee interrupts him. “We didn’t have a successful marriage because you were having affairs.”
Renee explains the story to the camera. “Junior’s cheating started before we even got married,” she reveals. “He kept on cheating. He kept blaming me. Bottom line was the liqueur, the strip bars, his jerk off friends, that’s what happened. That’s why he cheated.”
Junior realizes that Renee is right and does his best to attempt an apology. “Listen, I made mistakes, tons of them,” he confesses. “So did you. [But] I did the most damage.”
“You’ve never admitted any of this ever,” Renee cries. “It’s 22 years I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been in therapy for this for 22 years. I’ve been waiting for you to just acknowledge that it hurt. That was it.”
Junior seems truly sorry for his past. “I didn’t know it was hurting,” he returns. “I didn’t know what I was doing.”
“I think with life’s experience now, [we] can make it that much better,” he continues. “I’m having a good time. We are talking without fighting,”
Renee agrees to try.
“We are exclusive,” Junior smiles.