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This Week in GANG LAND: The Online Column: May 9, 2002


May 9, 2002

The next day, Aparo and Durso first approached Bonanno soldier John )Johnny Green) Faraci, who directed them to Brancato, who sent them to Vallario, who was playing cards in a social club.

In their discussion with Vallario, the only one of hundreds on which he is heard, they told Big Lou nothing about their scam, and he told them where they might find their men, or inquire further about them.

As little as he said to the Genoveses, he said even less to Glasser, deferring to his lawyer. DiPietro stressed the prosecutors, who knew more about Big Lou than the judge, had dropped the charges to a misdemeanor, virtually unheard of in wiseguy cases, because they had no evidence and that his client deserved to go home.

Glasser agreed, giving the same sentence to soldier Jerome Brancato, 70, for his similar role.

When Faraci’s turn came, he stood up and told the Judge he was sorry for being part of the labor bribery scheme.

“I apologize. I aggravated my family,” said Faraci, 79.

“I see you have been aggravating your family as far back as 1978,” said Glasser, thumbing through Faraci’s pre-sentencing report.

Lawyer VINCENT ROMANO tried to put in a few good words and said that Faraci had served in World War II and had been at Normandy.

“So was I,” said Glasser.


“So did I,” said Glasser, who gave Faraci four months home detention, a $1000 fine, and a lecture, one that also applied to Brancato: “At your age, maybe you should think about getting out of this life and start worrying about who’s going to be knocking on your door putting handcuffs on you.”

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