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Mob sweep across metro region

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The feds arrested 32 people around the metro area in connection with a long-running investigation into continued Mafia control of the private garbage-hauling industry.

They were arraigned Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court.

The arrests began around 5 a.m. as part of a joint effort between the FBI and police in New York City and the suburbs.

Twelve of the defendants are members or associates of three different organized crime families- the Genovese, Gambino and Luchese, according to the FBI.

They allegedly worked together to control various waste disposal businesses in NYC and several counties in New Jersey.

The defendants are accused of extortion, loansharking, mail and wire fraud, and stolen property offenses.

George Venizelos, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge, said the agency is determined to diminish the influence of La Cosa Nostra.

"The indictments show the ongoing threat posed by mob families and their criminal associates. In addition to the violence that often accompanies their schemes, the economic impact amounts to a mob tax on goods and services."

Those rounded up by the feds on Wednesday are:

  • Carmine Franco 77 Ramsey, New Jersey
    Anthony Pucciarello 77 Bloomfield, New Jersey
    Howard Ross 53 Brooklyn, New York
    Anthony Cardinalle 60 Saddle River, New Jersey
    Peter Leconte 42 Lodi, New Jersey
    Frank Oliver 46 North Haledon, New Jersey
    Charles Giustra 51 Staten Island, New York
    Dominick Pietranico 82 Mahopac, New York
    Joseph Sarcinella 78 Scarsdale, New York
    William Cali 59 Queens, New York
    Scott Fappiano 51 Staten Island, New York
    Anthony Bazzini 53 Glen Head, New York
    Pasquale Carbone, Sr. 70 White Plains, New York
    Gail Iorio 49 Succasunna, New Jersey
    Dominick Rao 76 Suffern, New York
    Stephen Moscatello 52 Piermont, New York
    Robert Franco 50 Hartsdale, New York
    William Rivera 47 Queens Village, New York
    Mario Velez 44 Peekskill, New York
    Pasquale P. Cartalemi, Jr. 50 Cortlandt Manor, New York
    Pasquale L. Cartalemi 27 Cortlandt Manor, New York
    Andrew McGuire 29 Hawthorne, New York
    Joseph Bertolino 46 Wantage, New Jersey
    Brian Petroll 47 Columbia, New Jersey
    Robert Zarzuela 38 North Bergen, New Jersey
    Jonathan Greene 47 Teaneck, New Jersey
    Thomas Giordano 42 North Arlington, New Jersey
    Michael Russo 50 Staten Island, New York
    Louis Dontis 58 Staten Island, New York
    Vincent Dimino 50 Brooklyn, New York
    Joseph Antico 65 Staten Island, New York
    Kenneth Lopez 39 Bronx, New York
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