New York (CBSNewYork) — A reputed longtime captain of the Bonanno crime family was caught on tape grooming an underling and discussed the possibility of killing a foe, Manhattan prosecutors said Wednesday.
Nicholas Santora and eight co-defendants were arraigned Wednesday at Manhattan Supreme Court and are facing 299 racketeering charges, including trafficking Viagara and Cialis, extorting victims, loan-sharking and running an offshore Internet gambling operation that netted $1 million a month, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Assistant District Attorney Gary Galperin read excerpts from wiretap recordings. In one, Santora allegedly tells his underboss: “When I leave, you’ll take over this neighborhood, so you’ve got to start conducting yourself in a certain way. Acting like a clown, those days are over.”