Saturday, February 18, 2023

Montreal mafia debt collection case study

François Mazzantini with envelope of cash from cops.
The dive into the world of mafia extortion and debt collection begins on March 11, 2021. That day, François Mazzantini and brothers Antonio and Pasquale Piscopo assaulted Joël Ayoub with a baton at his condo building on Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine over a debt of $15k. Ayoub, 63 years old at the time, suffered serious injuries requiring hospitalization.

A cop operation witnessed Pasquale Piscopo go twice to the Danesi café and once to Antonio Pietrantonio, known to be a member of the Montreal mafia.
A double agent then contacted the suspects and posed as an individual who purchased Ayoub's debt and negotiated the terms of repayment. The gangsters said the debt had grown to $140k. The three were arrested on May 6, 2021. Cops discovered brass knuckles and three daggers in Mazzantini's vehicle. They also found 13 telescopic batons and $12k in cash. They landed more than $675k from one of the men. Mazzantini pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and extortion, and was sentenced to 48 months, while the two brothers were sentenced to 36 months.
Antonio 'Tony Suzuki' Pietrantonio