Staten Island mob bust includes city sanitation boss
A top dog at the city’s sanitation department and 21 other suspects were busted in Staten Island mob raids yesterday, exposing a Gambino-linked kickback scheme, among other crimes, authorities said.
Frederick Grimaldi, 44, the sanitation deputy chief, is charged with passing information on department contract bids to his father-in-law, allegedly part of the Gambino crime family, in exchange for kickbacks, authorities said. He was suspended without pay.
A state court officer was also arrested, charged with serving as an intermediary between bettors and a bookmaker. The raids dismantled two gambling rings.
The probe began after members of the Luchese crime family tried to bribe police officers with $250,000, the NYPD said.
That led to five indictments and two separate investigations headed by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s Organized Crime Task Force and the NYPD.