August 5, 2008 John A. "Junior" Gotti has been arrested on charges linking him to three New York murders, a law enforcement official said Tuesday. Gotti charged in racketeering case related to Tampa FBI probe...TAMPA John A. "Junior" Gotti was arrested today in a federal racketeering case relating to a Tampa FBI investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.
Officials announced the unsealing of two related indictments charging six men, including Gotti, with conspiracy to violate racketeeting statutes. They charged two of those six men with other crimes, all of which they said were a criminal enterprise operating under the direction of the Gambino crime family.
08/05/08...Six Men-Including John A. Gotti-Charged in Tampa with RICO Conspiracy for Roles in Gambino Crime Family
08/05/08...Indicment: John A. Gotti
08/05/08...Indictment: John A. Burke, James V. Cadicamo, David D'Arpino, Michael D. Finnerty and Guy T. Peden
"John Gotti was arrested early this morning in New York on racketeering charges, and there is a related indictment charging other individuals in New York and Tampa," said Steve Cole, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Gotti was also charged with possession of and trafficking in cocaine and the murders of three New York men. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
One of the other men charged is a Tampa man, James V. Cadicamo, 33. Authorities said he is charged with conspiracy to kill and or beat a man named Michael Malone to prevent him from providing information to federal law enforcement officers and from testifying as a witness in a RICO conspiracy case tried in Tampa in 2006. In that case, Ronnie "One Arm" Trucchio was found guilty of racketeering and sentenced to life in prison.
Federal officials said today the latest charges were filed in Tampa -- and that trials will be held here -- because they all stemmed from the Gambino family's attempt to get a foothold in Tampa.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says that between 1983 and July 31 of this year, five defendants, Cadicamo and four New York men, John A. Burke, 47; David D'Arpino, 33; Michael D. Finnerty, 43, and Guy T. Peden, 47, were involved with Malone and others in a criminal enterprise. Their crimes included murder, bribery, robbery, kidnapping, extortion, drug trafficking, loan sharking, jury tampering, witness tampering, burglary and money laundering, among others, officials said.
They said the men were directed by Gambino association John Alite, who was charged in the same Tampa indictment in which Trucchio went to trial in 2006. Alite, a former University of Tampa student and baseball player, was described as the bridge between the New York mobsters and crimes in Tampa. He is accused of acting as the crew's street boss and running its every day activities in Tampa. He also was co-owner of Prestige Valet, and authorities said he used his alleged mob ties to threaten in and intimidate others in the Tampa valet business. He spent three years in a Brazilian prison fighting extradition but was eventually returned to Tampa to face charges.