There's no place like home. There's no place like home. And mafia maven Victoria Gotti says she sure as heck isn't about to lose hers anytime soon.
Gotti, the daughter of the late Gambino crime family boss John "Dapper Don" Gotti, is facing foreclosure on her Long Island mansion – a Corinthian-looking estate in Westbury. She's got to come up with a couple million bucks to save her home and it all depends on her ex-mother-in-law, an 83-year-old woman who toils daily in a junkyard.
"I'm never going to lose that house," Gotti declared, according to The New York Daily News. "The only way is by selling it and we wanted out of there, anyway."
Gotti owes JPMorgan a whopping $650,000 in mortgage payments and she hasn't made a payment in two years, court papers revealed. But she claims she's got a plan.
Ex-hubby Carmine Agnello forfeited about a dozen commercial properties when he pleaded guilty in 2001 to racketeering charges in connection with his Queens scrap metal yard – the same one where his mom works every day. Gotti says she'll pay off her lenders as soon as she gets control of the land, according to the Daily News.
The government gave Victoria's plan the OK. But there's just one teensy weensy little itty-bitty problem that could ruin the whole thing. Agnello's elderly mom Marie owns three of the forfeited properties – and if she doesn't fork them over, there's no deal.
Victoria Gotti isn't deterred by the stake her ex's mom has in her foreclosure future. In court Wednesday, she said she thought Marie's ownership of the properties was a crock.
"I believe she [Marie] didn't even know she had an interest in those properties," she told Magistrate Robert Levy, according to the Daily News.
Gotti apparently isn't concerned that ranting and raving about Marie's son will have any impact on her chances at saving her home either. The blonde has unleashed a torrent of verbal assaults on Agnello, calling him a "deadbeat dad" and charging he borrowed $850,000 from JPMorgan to buy the palatial home in 1997 without her knowledge.
"I was awarded full ownership of marital property . . . and all I inherited was a house with millions of dollars' worth of debt," Gotti told The New York Post. "This should finally put to rest all the government lies and rumors that I have $200 million buried in my back yard."
However, lawyers for the bank convinced judges that her claims weren't accurate. So if she does have $200 million buried in her back yard, Gotti better start digging.
Victoria has been the sole-owner of the home since 2004 and had narrowly staved off foreclosure in 2005, even though her family was being featured at the time on the reality TV series “Growing up Gotti.” The show ran from 2004 to 2005 and was canceled after 41 episodes because of poor ratings.
Gotti once tried to sell the estate for $4.8 million, but it is currently listed with Century 21 at $3.2 million, a source told the Post. So far there have been no takers. Gotti's money problems surfaced this week after the Brooklyn Appellate Division gave JPMorgan Chase the green light to foreclose her mansion.