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Crime & Cases August 14, 2008  RSS feed


H. Beach Man, Five Others Indicted For Gambino Ties
by Robert Pozarycki

A Howard Beach man recently indicted along with several other reputed members and captains of the Gambino crime family faces the death penalty for his role in the 1996 murder of a 30-year-old man outside a Woodhaven bar, it was reported.

Federal law enforcement sources identified the suspect as 33-year-old David D'Arpino, who was charged along with an alleged associate, 47- year-old John Burke, who is currently incarcerated in a New York State prison, in the shooting death of John Gebert, 30, on July 12, 1996 in Woodhaven.

Both Burke and D'Arpino were named in a pair of federal indictments along with reputed crime boss John Gotti Jr., 44, of Oyster Bay, L.I. and three suspected Gambino associates—James Cadicamo, 33, of Tampa, Fla. and Long Island residents Michael Finnerty, 43, of Oceanside and Guy Peden, 47, of Wantagh—for their alleged roles in the operation of the crime syndicate.

The indictments were announced last Tuesday, Aug. 5 in Tampa, Fla. by U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill of the Middle District of Florida and Steven E. Ibison, special agent in charge for the FBI.

Each of the suspects named in the indictments were charged for participating in an array of criminal activities between 1983 and 2008 from which the enterprise profited, including murder, robbery, racketeering, narcotics sales and drug trafficking, loansharking, jury tampering, burglary, home invasions, aggravated assaults and batteries and money laundering.

The proceeds from these activities were reportedly shared with ranking Gambino family members, who were identified as John Gotti, Sr., John Alite, Charles Carneglia, Pasquale Andriano, Michael Malone and Ronald J. Trucchio.

Alite, Andriano, Malone and Trucchio were indicted in 2004 in a similar conspiracy case which went to trial in 2006.

According to federal law enforcement officials, Andriano pleaded guilty to charges along with Malone, who provided testimony at trial. Trucchio was convicted at trial and is currently serving a life sentence.

Cadicamo was charged in the Aug. 5 indictment for conspiring with other associates to attack Malone in an attempt to prevent the mobster from providing information to a federal law enforcement officer and testifying in a trial held in U.S. District Court in Tampa.

Gotti Jr. was also charged for his role in connection with the murders of three associates between 1998 and 1991, including George Grosso, who was found dead along the Grand Central Parkway in Queens on Dec. 20, 1988, Louis DiBono, who was killed on Oct. 4, 1990 in the parking garage of the former World Trade Center in Manhattan; and Bruce John Gotterup, who was slain in the Rockaways on Nov. 20, 1991.

The indictments were the result of an ongoing investigation by the FBI's New York and Tampa, Fla. divisions, which worked in conjunction with the NYPD and other local law enforcement agencies in New York and Florida.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay G. Trezevant.