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Six renowned mobsters who allegedly played various roles in the Genovese crime family were charged with racketeering conspiracy in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday.
The six alleged wise men, including two caporegimes, raised money for the union from 2011 to 2022 “through a pattern of organized crime activity,” including extortion and illegal gambling, according to the indictment against them.
The suspects were “members and associates of an organized criminal enterprise known as the Genoese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra, whose members and associates committed crimes, including granting exorbitant credit extensions,” the indictment states.
The alleged mobsters charged include capos Nicholas Calisi and Ralph Balsamo, soldiers Michael Messina and John Campanella and their associates Michael Poli and Thomas Poli, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York said.
All six suspects face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.
Genoese mobsters leave 26 Federal plaza this morning on their way to arraignment in Manhattan federal court.
Arrested and Charged
Accused mobster Ralph Balsamo, seen here in 2006, was one of six crime family members charged with a racketeering conspiracy.
“From extortion to illegal gambling, the mob continues to find ways to take advantage of others to fill their coffers. Our office and our law enforcement partners remain committed to cracking down on organized crime,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement after the indictment was unsealed.
In their appearances on Tuesday, Balsamo and Thomas Poli pleaded not guilty and were ordered to remain under home confinement pending trial.
“It seems that the government cannot go three months without arresting some Italians. Today it turned out to be Ralph Balsamo’s turn,” his attorney, Gerald McMahon, told The Post in an email.