Colombo Mobsters Charged with Extortion, Theft of Teamster Benefits

Colombo crime boss Thomas GioeliNew York City’s Colombo crime family still has what it takes to generate income. Unfortunately for them, federal officials haven’t forgotten. On Tuesday morning, March 9, prosecutors inside Brooklyn federal court announced the results of an unsealed indictment against eight persons who are suspected Colombo members or associates. The eight-count indictment alleges the defendants variously engaged in racketeering, wire fraud, extortion and embezzlement. All had been arrested earlier that day following a lengthy joint probe by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Two of the members of this rogues’ gallery are part of Colombo royalty: soldier Theodore Persico Jr. and associate Michael Persico, respectively, nephew and son of de facto Colombo family boss Carmine “Junior” Persico, now doing life in federal prison for murder and racketeering. Michael Persico, in a separate case, is currently under FBI investigation for his role in a kickback scheme involving soda