Joseph Gambino, Son of Former Mafia Don Has Died

It’s been reported that Joseph Gambino, son of the late, legendary Mafia boss Carlo Gambino, passed away of natural causes earlier this month, at the age of 83.

Unlike his father, Carlo, and older brother, Thomas, Joseph was never inducted into the Mob. Joseph and Thomas, owned and operated several trucking companies in Manhattan’s Garment District.

After dropping out of New York University in the 1950s, Joseph Gambino went to work for Consolidated Carriers Corp, the trucking company that had a virtual decades-long monopoly on deliveries inside the Garment District, according to the New York Post. However, this all came to an abrupt halt in October, 1990, when state racketeering charges were brought against the brothers.

Joseph Gambino (left) and Thomas Gambino (right) in 1992.
Pic Credit: Daily Mail

Authorities in New York used undercover police and surveillance equipment to gather evidence in the investigation which brought various criminal charges, including enterprise corruption, larceny, extortion, coercion, and restraint of trade. These charges carried prison terms of up to 25 years upon conviction. After the brothers were charged, they agreed to a plea deal in which they paid $12million in fines and agreed to leave the trucking business. They did not serve any prison time.

The Gambino crime family was named after their father, Carlo Gambino, who was head of the family from the late 1950s until his death from a heart attack in October, 1976.

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