Monday, August 14, 2017

Anthony “TG” Graziano - Mob Wives

Mafiaso Anthony Graziano was respected for his nerve and his loyalty. He did his time, twice, but didn’t become famous for that. Graziano shot to fame when his daughters aired the mob’s dirty laundry on TV.
Lana, Renee and Jennifer Graziano
Graziano, born in the 1940s, is still feared in his Staten Island neighborhood. An old-school hoodlum from the start he got involved in the neighborhood business, climbing the ranks of the Bonanno crime family and becoming a capo by the 1980s. In 1990, Graziano landed in prison, sentenced to five years and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to a tax-evasion charge. He was released in 1993, resuming his role as a capo and eventually rising to the position of consigliere in the Bonanno crime family.

He was arrested again in 2002 after ordering the murder of two Colombo crime family associates who shot up his Staten Island topless bar. Those hits were called off after a sit-down with the Colombos, but Graziano ended up pleading guilty to racketeering charges, including conspiracy to murder, cocaine distribution and loan-sharking. He was sentenced to 11 years.
One of the guys in his crew, John “Porky” Zancocchio, was the bookmaker who took bets from Pete Rose. Zancocchio was under Dominick Napolitano, aka Sonny Black, until Napolitano was killed in the 1981 Donnie Brasco fallout. Porky was Graziano’s son-in-law, married to his daughter Lana, and Graziano’s other daughters, Jennifer and Renee, also married Bonanno mobsters. With Graziano raking in mob cash, his daughters were mob royalty who never wanted for anything.
Dominick Napolitano
Graziano hated how his daughters exploited the organization he’d dedicated his life to honoring. When he got out in 2011, he refused to appear on the show. Renee Graziano's then ex-husband secretly recorded Graziano and other Bonanno members as they planned to collect an illegal $150,000 gambling debt, leading to the 72-year-old gangster being indicted again. Graziano was sentenced to 19 months for his role, but Bonanno family leaders were furious that their business had been aired in public. They stripped him of his senior role. 'Mob Wives', created by Jennifer Graziano aired on VH1 for six seasons from April 17, 2011, to March 16, 2016.
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