Ten alleged associates of the Bonanno crime family, including the nephew of the mobster once accused of orchestrating the infamous 1975 Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport, were arrested yesterday on racketeering conspiracy charges. The crew is accused of attempted murder, extortion, illegal gambling, and conspiracy to murder, rob, commit arson, sell drugs, and obstruct justice.
In one episode recounted by federal prosecutors, acting Bonanno captain Ronald "Ronnie G." Giallanzo, based in Howard Beach, Queens, and an associate took a man who hadn't been paying the interest on a $250,000 loan into a car and beat him until he soiled himself while Galizano screamed, "Where's the f-----g money?"
As another example, in June 2014, [Evan] Greenberg described to a customer that he used acts of violence to collect payments. He said, “I get my s--t. I blow cars up. I f------g knock on people’s doors. I pull them out of their f------g house.” Greenberg went on to describe his assault of another victim who was late paying a debt. “I f-----g grabbed another kid walking out of his house. I was like, he was like, ‘What’s up?’ I say, ‘What’s up?’ I grabbed him by the ankles, I f------g went like this, his head hit the concrete.”
Beside Giallanzo, nine others were named in the indictment: Robert Pisani owner of the All-American Deli, Michael Padavona, Michael Palmaccio, Nicholas "Pudgie" Festa, Christopher "Bald Chris" Boothby, Evan "The Jew" Greenberg, Richard Heck, Michael Hintze, and Robert "Chippy" Tanico.
The feds believe that the group made over $26 million from their activities, and the government hopes to recoup that money partly by foreclosing on the mobsters' homes, including Giallanzo's lavish house in Howard Beach. From the court filing:
Giallanzo has earned millions of dollars through his illicit activities. All the while, Giallanzo and his wife Elizabeth have reported little to the Internal Revenue Service. Indeed, based on records provided by the Social Security Administration, between 2005 and 2016, Giallanzo and his wife together reported a total of approximately $305,000 in income (approximately $25,000 per year). Notwithstanding, they were able to purchase their home for $1 million without any mortgage, and they have made significant improvements to the property."
Prosecutors called the current home a "daily visual reminder to those in his neighborhood of his wealth and power."
Giallanzo is accused further of running his loansharking business while in prison. When he got out, he worked at Pisani's deli for a while, allegedly directing people to drop off their loan payments there.
The reputed crime boss allegedly also ordered the killing of a man who robbed his crew, which led to a series of shootings in Howard Beach.
Giallanzo's uncle is Vincent Asaro, who was acquitted last year of charges related to the 1975 Lufthansa airplane heist and was accused of strangling an associate with a dog chain and then burying the body in concrete. Giallanzo and Asaro both have "Death Before Dishonor" tattoos.
The "arrests reveal La Costra Nostra’s continued presence in the community," Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Bridget Rohde said in a statement. "Through acts of violence, including murder conspiracy, loansharking, illegal gambling, robbery and other offenses, the defendants are alleged to have amassed a fortune in ill-gotten gains. With these arrests, the defendants will be held accountable for their wide-ranging and destructive conduct."
If convicted, the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison.