THREE SOUTH FLORIDA MEN CHARGED IN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION
Fourth defendant charged with marriage fraud and money laundering
Jeffrey H. Sloman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announced this morning’s arrest of three South Florida men on charges that included obstruction of justice and money laundering. This morning’s arrests were part of a joint U.S. and Italian law enforcement action.
Roberto Settineri, 41, of Miami Beach, and Daniel Dromerhauser, 39, of Miami, were arrested this morning on charges contained in a superseding indictment unsealed today. Enrique Ros, 33, of Pembroke Pines, was also charged in the superseding indictment, but remains at large. The nine-count superseding indictment charges the defendants with one count of conspiracy to obstruct and two counts of obstruction and attempting to obstruct federal proceedings, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512, and one count of conspiracy to launder money and five counts of substantive money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956. If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years' imprisonment on each of the nine charges in the superseding indictment.
The charges filed in the Southern District of Florida against Settineri, Ros and Dromerhauser stem from an undercover operation in which, according to the indictment, Settineri, Ros and Dromerhauser allegedly agreed to destroy documents represented to be subject to a grand jury investigation and to conceal assets subject to federal judicial proceedings. The indictment also alleges the three defendants agreed to launder funds and conceal assets represented to be the proceeds of a large-scale mail and wire fraud.
Antonio Tricamo, 37, of Miami, was arrested today on a separate indictment charging him with four counts of money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956, six counts of trafficking in contraband cigarettes, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2342, and one count of marriage fraud, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1325. If convicted, Tricamo faces up to 20 years' imprisonment on the money laundering charges, five years in prison on the cigarette smuggling charges, and five years in prison on the marriage fraud charge.
The charges filed against Tricamo stem from a separate undercover operation in which Tricamo allegedly assisted in laundering nearly $1 million in funds represented to be drug proceeds. Additionally, the indictment alleges Tricamo purchased more than 250,000 cigarettes, none of which contained tax stamps showing payment of applicable state cigarette taxes. Tricamo also allegedly entered into a false marriage in an attempt to gain lawful status into the United States.
The defendants made their initial appearances today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Rosenbaum, at the U.S. Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.
In a coordinated arrest action, three other individuals, Gaetano Napoli, Sr., Thomas Napoli, and Gaetano Napoli, Jr., were arrested today on charges filed in the Eastern District of New York, including obstruction of justice, extortion, and concealment of assets in bankruptcy. According to documents filed in federal district court in the Eastern District of New York, Gaetano Napoli, Sr. is a member of the Gambino organized crime family and a close associate of defendant Settineri.
As part of this coordinated enforcement action, prosecutors in Palermo, Italy, charged Settineri and 20 co-defendants in Sicily with extortion, drug trafficking, attempted homicide, and other crimes arising from their alleged affiliation with Santa Maria di Gesù, a Sicilian mafia family. Italian authorities executed arrests on those charges in and around Palermo earlier this morning.
U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman stated, “This case demonstrates the success of national and international law enforcement cooperation to transcend parochial boundaries and jurisdictional limits. Together, we can fight crime from different perspectives and hold accountable those accused of trying to pervert and obstruct our system of justice.”
“Today’s arrests and charging of more than 20 individuals on two continents is a tribute to what can be achieved in cooperation with our international partners,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. “In a world where crime knows no boundaries, robust law enforcement cooperation is essential to detecting and prosecuting alleged criminal activity.”
“The age of global threats has propelled the FBI into an age of global partnerships,” said John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Miami Office. “These charges prove that our criminal investigative efforts remain unchanged and undeterred. The cooperation between the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Italian National Police, the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Broward Sheriff's Office were instrumental to the successful outcome of this case.”
Mr. Sloman commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Italian Ministries of the Interior and Justice, and the Italian National Police. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and the FBI Legal Attaché Office in Rome provided assistance in this case. The Miami case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Stone and Criminal Division Trial Attorney Margaret Honrath of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. The Brooklyn case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
An Indictment is only an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.