February 16, 2017
This Week in Gang Land
FBI Informer In Huge RICO Case Is A Professional Bowler Too
John (J.R.) Rubeo was a teenager working card games at his father's social club when he developed close bonds with two important bold-faced names with influence in the powerful Genovese crime family that enabled Rubeo to snare 46 mobsters and associates from five crime families in the biggest mob racketeering case in years, Gang Land has learned.
Rubeo, 41, snookered one of his old buddies, capo Pasquale (Patsy) Parrello, during the five years he wore a wire for the FBI. But law enforcement sources say the wired-up J.R. never got anywhere near the other powerful friend he made during the early 1990s, Anthony Fiorino, the brother-in-law of current family boss, Liborio (Barney) Bellomo.
It wasn't for lack of trying. When he began cooperating, Rubeo told authorities of his ties to Fiorino, a former carpenters union official who lost his union post because of his links to organized crime in 1995. He told the feds that in April of 2011, seven months before he flipped, Fiorino met privately with Parrello in the basement of his restaurant, Pasquale's Rigoletto, to iron out a dispute over a $10,000 debt that Fiorino had helped a businessman collect, according to FBI documents obtained by Gang Land.
The feds say the 100 year sentence that Carmine (Junior) Persico got in the Mafia Commission case is old news, and that he and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals should fuhgeddaboudit. But the never-say-die crime boss insists that the facts and the law are on his side, and it's high time the appeals court does the right thing about that in the historic 32-year-old case.
Carmine (Junior) Persico probably won't applaud this, but Manhattan Federal Judge John Keenan will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award next month from the American College of Trial Lawyers. But the long-imprisoned Mafia boss can't really complain about the treatment he got from the venerable jurist at his lengthy 1985-86 racketeering trial
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published in 2015, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.