If there was ever a question about whether the mafia is still operating in New York, this should answer it with a resounding YES. Nine members and associates of two major crime families in the state, including a police detective, have been arrested.

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Photo by mahdi rezaei on Unsplash

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York, the members and associates of the Genovese and Bonanno Organized Crime Families have been arrested for alleged illegal gambling and racketeering. Including in the 9 is Hector Rosario, a detective with the Nassau County Police Department. He was allegedly paid by the Bonanno crime family to set up competing gambling locations to be raided by police.

New York Crime Family Members Facing Charges Of Racketeering, Illegal Gambling, Money Laundering Conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice, and Related Offenses.

The members charged include:

- Anthony Pipitone, Bonanno captain and soldier
- Vito Pipitone, Bonanno soldier
- Agostino Gabriele, Bonanno associate
- Carmelo Polito, Genovese acting captain
- Joseph Macario, Genovese soldier
- Salvatore Rubino, Genovese associate
- Joseph Rutigliano, Genovese associate
- Mark Feuer

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Photo by Muhammad Ali on Unsplash

The alleged illegal locations were located in at least three soccer clubs in the New York City area,

- La Nazionale Soccer Club, 80-13 Myrtle Avenue, Queens
- Glendale Sports Club, 74-03 Myrtle Avenue, Queens
- Gran Caffe, 31 Hempstead Avenue, Lynbrook
- Soccer Club, 129 Rockaway Avenue, Valley Stream
- Sal’s Shoe Repair, 41 Merrick Avenue, Merrick
- Centro Calcio Italiano Club, 1007 Little East Neck Road, West Babylon

District Attorney District Attorney Donnelly said,

This case is further proof that organized crime is alive and well in our communities. These violent criminal organizations operated secret underground gambling parlors in local commercial establishments, generating substantial amounts of money in back rooms while families unknowingly shopped and ate mere feet away. These Mafia figures were assisted by a sworn member of law enforcement, who helped these gambling dens to thrive by offering police raids on competing clubs.

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