6 charged as part of Gambino family


Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 12:54 a.m.
TAMPA - Federal officials indicted six men Tuesday on federal racketeering charges, alleging that they were members of the Gambino crime family and committed a series of crimes in New York, New Jersey and Florida.
Reputed crime family captain Ronald J. "Ronnie One-Arm" Trucchio, 53, of New York was among those named in the indictment, along with John E. Alite, 42. Both are described by federal officials as a senior Gambino associates. Alite was arrested in Brazil last week.
Trucchio faces similar federal charges in Miami in a case scheduled to go to trial in January.
Also named were Steven Catalano, 43, of Port St. Lucie; Michael Malone, 28, and Pasquale Adriano, 28, of New York; and Terry L. Scaglione, 38, of Tampa.
Prosecutors declined to comment on how the indictment developed in Tampa. The indictment included charges stemming from a March 1996 robbery in Tampa allegedly arranged by the Gambinos. The indictment also included allegations of two other 1995 robberies in Port St. Lucie, but did not expand on more serious allegations of murder and attempted murder.
Scaglione was arrested at his home Tuesday morning and taken into federal custody, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay G. Trezevant said. Scaglione appeared later before U.S. District Judge Thomas Wilson in Tampa.
Scaglione's attorney, Ronald K. Cacciatore, asked for a continuance of the case, and the judge rescheduled it for next Tuesday. Scaglione will remain in custody pending the hearing, Trezevant said.
The other men were under arrest, federal officials said.
In Miami, Trucchio is one of 10 defendants described as members of a Queens, N.Y.-based mob crew, which he led. Members moved back and forth between New York and South Florida. The crew allegedly stole more than $2 million from an armored car company and $400,000 from a bank.
In 2003, Trucchio also pleaded guilty to attempted enterprise corruption in connection with the gambling ring.
Last week, Brazilian authorities working with Interpol arrested Alite in Rio de Janeiro's beach district of Copacabana. He was believed to have been living there since December on an expired tourist visa.
In 1989, Alite was arrested with the late John Gotti and his son John Jr. after a fight outside a Long Island nightclub. A grand jury declined to indict them.

Top suspects AT A GLANCE

  • Reputed crime family captain Ronald J. "Ronnie One-Arm" Trucchio, 53, of New York was among those named in the indictment, along with John E. Alite, 42. Both are described by federal officials as a senior Gambino associates.
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