A chrome-domed reputed mobster generally known as “The Wig” isn’t getting inside a hair’s breadth of freedom whereas awaiting racketeering prices, a Brooklyn choose stated Tuesday.
Bald alleged Colombo crime-family affiliate Daniel Capaldo, 54, was ordered held behind bars because the choose famous that the suspect is not any stranger to the prison justice system, together with when he was sentenced to 14 years in federal jail after pleading responsible in 1995 to drug-trafficking and tax fraud prices.
Capaldo was amongst a slew of individuals arrested in final week’s alleged mob takedown on Staten Island.
Additionally showing in courtroom for a bail listening to associated to the case Tuesday was reputed Colombo affiliate Anthony Silvestro, 28.
Silvestro — generally known as “Bugz” — ended up being freed on $500,000 bond.
Each males are charged with racketeering and extortion conspiracy within the case. Capaldo can also be charged with loansharking.
They appeared earlier than Justice of the Peace Decide Peggy Kuo carrying tan jail scrubs.
Capaldo had been placed on supervised launch after his earlier jail stint and ordered to not have contact with members of organized crime — however he couldn’t keep away, and in 2009, was made a full-fledged member of the Colombo household, authorities say.
He was busted for loansharking in 2011 in one other huge, 39-defendant sweep that ensnared different reputed members of the crime household, together with Vincent “Johnny Gooch” Febbraro and Joseph “Junior Lollipops” Carna. Capaldo pleaded responsible and acquired a 41-month jail sentence.
“It appears to me that Mr. Capaldo can’t assist however get in hassle, even when he’s being watched by the federal government,” Kuo stated.
Vincent Romano, Capaldo’s lawyer, stated after the listening to that he plans to battle once more for bail for Capaldo at a later date.
“Mr. Capaldo is optimistic, and we’ll cope with the costs,” Romano stated.
The investigation into Capaldo, Silvestro and their co-defendants was touched off because of a GPS monitoring machine that reputed Colombo capo Joseph Amato Sr. hooked up to his girlfriend’s automobile, the feds say. It was found caught to an oil pan below an MTA bus on Staten Island.
The machine was registered to Amato, and the feds “used that as an excuse” to faucet the capo’s cellphone and people of individuals he contacted, attempting “as onerous as they might to search out prison exercise,” stated Mathew Mari, Silvestro’s lawyer.
“Once I take a look at this case, I see a lot ado about nothing,” Mari stated.