Gambino Crime Family "capo" Sentenced

New York Attorney General Spitzer today announced that Gambino crime family "Capo" Joseph "Sonny" Juliano was sentenced to serve 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 years in state prison for operating an illegal gambling ring in New York City and failing to declare the income from the scheme. In addition to the prison term, the court also ordered that Juliano forfeit to the state $550,000 in proceeds from the gambling ring.

He was sentenced today before Albany County Court Judge Thomas Breslin.

"Through a sustained investigation and by vigorously enforcing state tax laws, we succeeded in closing down an illegal gambling ring and putting an organized crime leader where he belongs - - behind bars," said Attorney General Spitzer.

On January 29, 2003, Juliano, 65, of 2057 80th St., Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with operating a multi-million dollar gambling enterprise throughout the New York City area. Through electronic eavesdropping, including telephone wiretaps and electronic listening devices placed in social clubs and in Juliano's management headquarters, the Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force discovered approximately 30 different locations where illegal bets were accepted on behalf of Juliano.

Juliano pled guilty in Albany County Court on April 9 to one count of Attempted Enterprise Corruption, under the Organized Crime Control Act, resolving an indictment that charged illegal conduct ranging from gambling to loan-sharking to tax evasion.

As part of the investigation, numerous gambling records were seized during the execution of search warrants at various locations in New York City. Detailed financial analysis of those records by accountants with the Organized Crime Task Force and the state Department of Taxation and Finance revealed massive tax fraud committed by Juliano and other associates of the Gambino crime family. While Juliano received millions of dollars in illegal bets during the 2000 tax year, he declared only $106 of income on his personal income tax return.

As part of his sentence, Juliano has agreed to pay all of the taxes owed for the 2000 tax year, a sum amounting to approximately $37,000.

Four other Juliano associates, Louise Mancuso, Juliano's longtime business manager, Carl Surico, Fred Herstat, and Christopher Sorrentino, who were charged in the same indictment as Juliano, have also pleaded guilty to illegal gambling in Albany County Court before Judge Thomas Breslin. They await sentencing.

Ten other Juliano associates were charged in a related indictment in Albany County Court for illegal gambling and failure to pay income taxes on income from their employment in the Juliano gambling enterprise. All ten were charged with accepting illegal bets on behalf of Juliano and have pleaded guilty to illegal gambling in Albany County Court before Judge Stephen Herrick.

In a related case, Gambino crime family "soldier" Richard Juliano, the younger brother of "Sonny" Juliano, pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Enterprise Corruption in Albany Supreme Court, before Judge Joseph Teresi. Richard Juliano was charged with operating a gambling enterprise similar to that of his brother. Richard Juliano is due to be sentenced to two-to-four years in state prison on October 30, 2003, in Albany County Supreme Court.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Mark Fitzmaurice of the Organized Crime Task Force with the assistance of Investigator George Pagnotta, both under the supervision of Christopher Prather, Deputy Attorney General in charge of the Organized Crime Task Force.