On November 1st, if all works smoothly, mafia prince Michael Persico will be sentenced for several of his crimes. He will be the last of those that were taken down with my wire.
Michael Persico is a great take down for the FBI because he has long been the “clean” Persico who handled the cash for the rest of the Persico family. He is the son of Carmine ”the Snake” Persico, the long imprisoned boss of the Colombo family. Michael was never inducted into the crime family, but was a powerful associate because he could visit his father in prison to pass along messages and because his brother Alphonse was acting boss before he too went away for life.
Michael passed along orders and actually gave orders himself. He benefitted from all the perks of being in the family.
It’s a shame that he was able to get a good deal and will only get up to five years for all his crimes. Michael Persico even had his eighty year old mother write a plea to the judge in his favor. He is believed to have been a part of a conspiracy to murder several men, one of them being Capo Joe Scopo. Michael has long loaned out money and used the crime family to enforce his loans.
He loaned cousin Teddy Jr. money, and after Teddy was sent away for 20 years he wanted the cash back. Teddy is away now because of this same case.
Let's hope the judge takes into account the life Michael has lived and gives him an appropriate sentence.
Next up is Michael Rizzi, who I have written about before. He is a real credit to society because he is an ex-NYPD officer who is collecting a tax-free disability pension for a back related injury that happened while on duty.
I guess his back didn't hurt enough to stop him from running escort sites from Staten Island.
He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to money laundering charges.
Rizzi married into the Gambino crime family because his wife is the daughter of Gambino soldier Richard Giuliano Jr., and niece of capo Sonny Giuliano.
He had to forfeit 120k in cash and a condo in Boca Raton Florida that he bought with the cash he made from the escorts.
He made good deal because he will get at the most 51 months in Federal custody. He will still have to face state charges for possession of a firearm, but that is a state charge and it will probably run concurrent to his Federal case.
Two men who profited by being around crime families and using the mystic that goes along with it.