A suspected member of the Gambino crime family and two of his sons have been arrested on bankruptcy fraud charges in New York in connection to a series of Mafia-related arrests in both Miami and Sicily, federal officials said.
In New York, Gaetano Napoli Sr., 71, and his sons Thomas, 31, and Gaetano Jr., 44, were accused of hiding assets after declaring bankruptcy in their meat and trucking businesses, according to a nine count federal indictment.
In coordinated raids, Napoli Sr.'s Sicilian friend, Roberto Settineri, was also busted in Miami while 20 others affiliated with the Palermo-based Santa Maria di Gesu family were arrested in Italy.
Napoli Sr. is suspected of helping Settineri handle a dispute last year with members of the Colombo crime family in Miami, officials said. The 71-year-old is also charged with threatening an extortion victim and trying to thwart a grand jury investigation.
Prosecutors in Palermo charged Settineri and others with numerous crimes including extortion, drug trafficking, attempted murder and money laundering. Police also released video of the Palermo raids showing Italian police and FBI agents finding weapons, including guns stashed away in the rear compressor space of a refrigerator.
The defendants are accused of hiding assets after their trucking company went bankrupt, said one of the officials who is familiar with the case.
One of the three suspects arrested in New York is suspected of providing protection to a Sicilian mob associate operating in the U.S., the second official said.
Police also released video of the Palermo raids showing Italian police and FBI agents discovering weapons, including guns stashed away in the rear compressor space of a refrigerator.