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Authorities crack down on NY's Genovese crime family with 20 arrests

July 28, 2005
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Authorities crack down on NY's Genovese crime family with 20 arrests

The Associated Press

NEW YORK- Federal agents and police on Thursday arrested about 20 members and associates of the Genovese organized crime family on racketeering charges, authorities said.

The suspects included longtime capo Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello, the FBI said. He and the other suspects were to be arraigned later Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.

Ianniello's brother Bobby was the former owner of Umbertos Clam House, the notorious Little Italy restaurant where a hit man gunned down flashy mobster "Crazy Joey" Gallo on April 7, 1972.

The slaying made Umbertos a must-see spot for tourists who scanned its woodwork and kitchen door for bullet holes.

The arrests came a day after Peter Gotti, the brother of the notorious mob boss John Gotti, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering a failed hit on Mafia turncoat Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano. The judge said Peter Gotti was a leader of the Gambino crime family.

John Gotti's son, John A. "Junior" Gotti, goes on trial next month on fraud, extortion and kidnapping charges, but prosecutors on Wednesday dropped another charge of murder conspiracy.

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