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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Final Mafia Member In 2017 Takedown Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder, Racketeering, And Other Crimes

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that STEVEN L. CREA, the Underboss of the Luchese Family, was sentenced today to life in prison, a $400,000 fine, and the forfeiture of $1 million following his conviction for the 2013 murder of Michael Meldish, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and other felonies.  A jury convicted CREA and three co-defendants on November 15, 2019, following a six-week trial before U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel, who also imposed today’s sentence.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “Steven L. Crea – the Underboss of the Luchese Family – is the last of a dozen made men arrested in 2017 to be sentenced for his crimes.  For his role in the 2013 murder of Michael Meldish and other crimes, Crea will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.  Thanks to the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and NYPD, we continue our commitment to render La Cosa Nostra a thing of the past.”

According to the evidence presented at trial, the admissions of defendants who pled guilty, and other court documents:

STEVEN L. CREA was the Underboss, or second-in-command, of the Luchese Family of La Cosa Nostra, one of the “Five Families” that constitute the Mafia in the New York City area.  From 2000 to his arrest in 2017, CREA helped lead the Luchese Family, which made millions of dollars in profit from crimes committed by the Family’s members and associates in New York City, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and elsewhere.  In 2013, CREA helped orchestrate the murder of Michael Meldish.

In May 2017, charges were filed against 12 members of the Luchese Family, including the Acting Boss, Underboss, Consigliere, four captains, and five soldiers, for their commission of a wide array of crimes with the Mafia from at least in or about 2000 up to and including in or about 2017.  With the exception of one captain who died before his case was resolved, every Luchese Family member charged in this case either pled guilty or was convicted at trial.  With CREA’s sentencing today, all have now been sentenced by Judge Seibel.  Eight Mafia associates were also charged.  All subsequently pled guilty or were convicted at trial, and seven have now been sentenced.  The defendants were convicted of being leaders, members and associates of the Mafia, and committing crimes including the murder of Michael Meldish; three attempted murders – including the attempted murder of a former witness against the Mafia; multiple assaults; trafficking oxycodone, cocaine, and other drugs; extortion; millions of dollars in fraud against a public hospital in the Bronx; loansharking; operating illegal gambling businesses; and other crimes.  A chart containing the ages, residency information, convictions, and sentences of the defendants is attached.   

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Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

The case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Scott Hartman, Hagan Scotten, Jacqueline Kelly, Celia V. Cohen, and Alexandra N. Rothman are in charge of the prosecution.

 

DEFENDANT

AGE

CITY OF RESIDENCE

CHARGES OF CONVICTION

SENTENCE

Madonna, Matthew

84

Incarcerated

Racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, aiding and abetting use of a firearm to commit murder

Life in prison

Crea, Steven L.

73

Crestwood, NY

Racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, aiding and abetting use of a firearm to commit murder

Life in prison, $400,000 fine,

$1 million forfeiture

Londonio, Christopher

46

Incarcerated

Racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, aiding and abetting use of a firearm to commit murder, conspiracy to distribute narcotics

Life in prison

Caldwell, Terrence

62

Incarcerated

Racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm to commit murder, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm during a crime of violence

Life in prison

Datello, Joseph

69

Staten Island, NY

Racketeering conspiracy

168 months' imprisonment

Crea, Steven D.

48

New Rochelle, NY

Racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, attempted assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering

156 months' imprisonment, $50,000 fine

Bruno, Vincent

36

Incarcerated

Attempted murder in aid of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy

136 months' imprisonment

Vaughan, Brian

54

Matawan, NJ

Racketeering conspiracy

84 months' imprisonment

O’Connor, Richard

66

Staten Island, NY

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics

72 months' imprisonment

Garcia, Carmine

Deceased

Hawthorne, NJ

Racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering

60 months' imprisonment, $250,000 fine

DiNapoli, Joseph

84

Bronx, NY

Racketeering conspiracy

52 months' imprisonment, $250,000 fine

Castelucci, John

60

Staten Island, NY

Racketeering conspiracy

37 months' imprisonment, $150,000 fine

Maffucci, James

72

New York, NY

Extortion, Extortionate extension of credit

37 months' imprisonment

Corso, Tindaro

59

Staten Island, NY

Racketeering conspiracy

30 months' imprisonment, $10,000 fine

Venice, Joseph

59

Yonkers, NY

Racketeering conspiracy

18 months' imprisonment, $10,000 fine

Cassano, Paul

41

Yonkers, NY

Conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering

18 months' imprisonment

Camilli, Robert

63

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Extortionate extension of credit

One year supervised release; $35,000 fine

Incatasciato, John

45

Elmsford, NY

Extortionate collection of credit

Two years' supervised release; 100 hours' community service

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Contact: 
James Margolin, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
20-180
Updated August 27, 2020