Multiple law enforcement officials confirmed on Wednesday that the FBI and police were searching for and digging up bodies believed to be linked to an ongoing investigation of the Gambino criminal family in Goshen.
Two law enforcement officials confirmed that the search, 65 miles north of Manhattan’s midtown area, is connected to the arrests of 10 individuals last week who were accused of using force to gain entry into New York City demolition and garbage hauling businesses.
The federal court indictment, unsealed this week, alleged that 10 people had used violence, including bats to intimidate, in order to dominate industries.
In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that the group is facing 16 counts, including racketeering, extortion, and witness retaliation.
Joseph Lanni (also known as Joe Brooklyn or Mommino), an alleged Gambino Captain, was among the group. He and other members of the crime family and associates are accused of arranging for each other to get no-show jobs, which brought them benefits such as union benefits and pay.
Prosecutors said that four of the defendants in the lawsuit were accused of using baseball bats to intimidate their way into businesses.
According to the government, others also “coordinated violent hammer attacks on the dispatcher of a demolition firm”, which left the victim with “serious injuries and bleeding.”