Gambino crime family captain jailed for racketeering

A US judge has sentenced a high-ranking member of the notorious Gambino Crime Family to more than three years in prison and ordered him to pay US$1 million in restitution and a $15,000 fine after the mobster pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, the The Department of Justice said.

Among other fraudulent schemes, Campos paid employees of his carpentry business – CWC Contracting in cash without paying taxes, defrauding the IRS of approximately $1.3 million. He and his co-conspirators laundered money by writing checks that were cashed for construction projects that were never completed. (Photo: Max pixel, Licence)Andrew Campos, 51, captain of the organized crime family La Cosa Nostra, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for involvement in wire fraud and money laundering.

“As captain of the Gambino crime family, Campos engaged in multiple fraud and money laundering schemes and maintained the corrosive influence of organized crime in the construction industry,” Breon said. Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Among other fraudulent schemes, Campos paid employees of his carpentry business – CWC Contracting in cash without paying taxes, defrauding the IRS of approximately $1.3 million. He and his co-conspirators laundered money by writing checks that were cashed for construction projects that were never completed.

“Andrew Campos ran a scheme that lined his pockets and deceived taxpayers,” IRS Special Agent Thomas Fattorusso said. “He paid no more than $1 million in payroll taxes and laundered money to build his personal residence.”

This isn’t the first time Campos has been convicted of large-scale fraud schemes as part of CWC Contracting. Last year, Campos pleaded guilty to a massive fraud scheme centered on New York’s construction industry that netted millions of dollars in criminal proceeds.

The Gambino family is one of the “Five Families” that dominate criminal activity in New York and New Jersey as part of the Italian-American La Cosa Nostra mafia. The five families have long been entrenched in New York’s construction industry and labor unions.

The family has roots that date back more than a century to the Sicilian-American street gangs of East Harlem at the turn of the 20th century. Following the creation of “The Commission” – a loose ruling body that marked out the territory and created the current hierarchy of the Italian-American Mafia.

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