Sunday, February 19, 2012
Human trafficking mobsters plead guilty
From the Daily News:
Two wiseguys pleaded guilty Friday to extortion charges related to a racketeering scheme that the feds say stocked mob-controlled New York strip clubs with smuggled eastern European women, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced.
Alphonse Trucchio, a Gambino family capo, and Christopher Colon, a Gambino associate, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to extorting two Queens strip clubs, Perfection in Woodside and Rouge in Maspeth, Bharara said.
Trucchio faces eight to 10 years in prison and Colon six to eight years when they are sentenced May 17.
Judge Richard Berman revoked their bail following their pleas of guilty.
The two were among 20 suspects busted last November in what prosecutors said was a scheme by the Mafia and the Russian mob to import women from Russia and neighboring countries into New York to work as strippers.