John Porcello charged with illegal betting, loan sharking in NYC

John Porcello charged with illegal betting, loan sharking in NYC
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He wanted the dough.

John “Johnny Pizza,” a notorious Genovese family associate with crime scene, was indicted in Brooklyn federal court this week for managing an illegal sports betting ring and supervising a loan racket, according to court documents disclosed Thursday.

Federal prosecutors charged Boricello, 59, with cowardice with co-defendant Ronald Seebeck, 56, in a loan scheme from September 2016 through August 2021.

The pair also ran a sports gambling ring for at least five people from 2020 through 2021 that produced more than $2,000 in winnings on a given day, according to the indictment.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office said Borcello, of Yonkers, and Seebeck, of Tuckahoe, denied the charges in Brooklyn federal court and were released on bail.

If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for loan-sharing and five years in a gambling ring.

Shovel in front of burning wood and flames in the stove ready to use traditional Italian brick pizza oven
John Purcello was known for his famous ties to the Genovese family mob.
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Purcello, who formerly owned a pizzeria in the Bronx, was arrested by the feds in 2011 as part of what was described at the time as the largest gang of gangs in US history.

Pizza was collected with 13 fellow wise men associated with the Genovese family that year, including several gangsters at the family’s command.

According to court records, Borrichello handled a one-loan conspiracy charge and was sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Hot red pizza oven.
John “Johnny Pizza” Borcello used to own a pizza restaurant in the Bronx.
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Borcello’s lawyers and Sibek did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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