Tuesday, March 27, 2018

10 arrested in take-down of Lucchese crime family

Ten people connected to the Luccese crime family are accused of running a lucrative loan-sharking and gambling operation. The long-term investigation, dubbed "Operation The Vig Is Up," into the crime family's activities is the largest such operation ever investigated by the state attorney general.
Loan-sharking victims were required to make weekly, high interest “vig” payments, either by directly paying individual defendants or by dropping off cash payments at two New Rochelle businesses.

Investigators utilized wiretaps, covert surveillance cameras, a car bug, undercover police officers and hidden cameras.
Lucchese crime family boss Matthew Madonna (left) and his second-in-command Steven Crea Sr.