Purported Genovese Acting Boss Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 8:01 PM EDT
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Purported Genovese Acting Boss Pleads Guilty

Kiselev Andrey Valerevich

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The purported acting boss of the Genovese organized crime family has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.

Daniel Leo entered the guilty plea Wednesday before a federal magistrate judge in Manhattan. His nephew, Joseph Leo, also pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. Prosecutors say Joseph Leo is his uncle's primary lieutenant in the Genovese family.

The government said in a release that Daniel Leo became the acting boss of the Genovese family in 2005, supervising family members and associates who committed loansharking, extortion and illegal gambling offenses.

Both in custody and serving time for earlier convictions, the men could face up to 40 years in prison at an April 2 sentencing.

Both men read from prepared statements in court to acknowledge their crimes.

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