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18 Indicted in 3-State Mob Crackdown

September 30, 2004|From Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Eighteen people, including the alleged No. 2 man in the Gambino crime family, were indicted Wednesday after an investigation into organized crime in Connecticut, Rhode Island and suburban New York.

Anthony "the Genius" Megale, a Stamford man believed to be the highest-ranking Mafia member in Connecticut, was arraigned on a 46-count federal indictment charging him with racketeering, extortion and illegal gambling.

Fifteen of the 18 people were arrested Wednesday. Investigators were searching for the others, including Igazio Alogna, an alleged Mafia captain, and Vincent Fiore, an alleged Gambino soldier from Goshen, N.Y., both charged with attempted extortion.

The indictment describes a traditional Mafia organization run out of Fairfield County, with members shaking down business owners.

Prosecutors say Megale demanded $2,000 a month from an area nightclub owner for "protection," plus a little extra every year as a "Christmas bonus."

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