MANHATTAN (CN) – Eighteen people were arrested Thursday – 12 of them allegedly members of the Lucchese crime family – and one remains at large in a federal RICO indictment accusing them of illegal gambling, sports betting and loan sharking. The arrests, on a formerly sealed indictment, came after a 2-year investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The 12 charged as members of the Luccese crime family are Andrew DiSimone, Dominick Capelli, John Alevis, Peter Veltri, Tomislav Dobrilovic, Seth Trustman, Steven Mayer, Clemente Castracucco, Edgar Conception, Paul Cuzzo, Ernest Cuzzo, and Anthony Cuzzo. They are charged with conspiring in racketeering for the crime family. Eighteen defendants are charged with running illegal gambling and sports betting businesses. Four are charged with conspiring to extort in loan sharking.
Defendant Anthony Garcia remains at large, prosecutors said.