Former NYPD Officer Pleads Guilty In Connection With Obstructing A Federal Investigation And Helping A Gang Leader Evade Capture After Committing Murder
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SALVATORE DELLIGATTI was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 25 years in prison for conspiring to participate in the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra through a pattern of racketeering activity, conspiring and attempting to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiring to commit murder-for-hire, and other related offenses. DELLIGATTI, 42, was previously convicted by a jury following a three-week trial, and was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by the U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Salvatore Delligatti, an associate of the Genovese Crime Family, recruited individuals to ambush and kill his intended victim, even providing them with a gun and getaway car. Now, thanks to the outstanding work of our law enforcement partners, Delligatti will spend 25 years in prison.”
According to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court, other public filings, and the evidence presented in court during the trial:
From at least in or about 2010 through in or about 2015, DELLIGATTI was an associate of the Genovese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra. During this period, DELLIGATTI conspired with others to participate in and conduct the affairs of the Genovese Family through a pattern of racketeering activity that included a murder conspiracy, an extortion conspiracy, and the operation of an illegal sports betting business. In particular, in May and June 2014, DELLIGATTI hired several individuals from the Bronx to ambush DELLIGATTI’s intended victim outside the victim’s home in Queens. DELLIGATTI offered to pay the individuals several thousand dollars for the murder, and provided them with, among other things, a loaded .38 caliber revolver and a getaway vehicle. As a result of wiretap surveillance of DELLIGATTI by the Nassau County Police Department and the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, the individuals hired by DELLIGATTI were apprehended just a few blocks from the intended victim’s residence on June 8, 2014.
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Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the Nassau County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also thanked the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, the Diplomatic Security Service of the United States Department of State, and the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Samson Enzer, Jordan Estes, and Jason Swergold are in charge of the prosecution.