NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Members and associates of one of New York’s legendary crime families used check-cashing businesses and a Newark restaurant to run a racketeering enterprise that reaped millions of dollars through loan sharking and money laundering, New Jersey officials said Tuesday as they announced charges against 11 people.
One of those arrested was reputed Genovese family capo Charles “Chuckie” Tuzzo, 80, of Bayside, New York, who was charged with racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy, loan sharking and promoting gambling. Also arrested was reputed Genovese soldier Vito Alberti, 55, of New Providence, New Jersey, whom authorities charged with the same crimes as Tuzzo as well as one tax-related count.
Tuzzo, Alberti and five others were being held on $400,000 bail each and were scheduled for an initial court appearance later Tuesday in Morris County. Three people were charged by summonses and one, Vincent Coppola, of Union, was being sought.