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Alleged Gambino Bragged of Ability to Violently Collect Gambling Debts

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Dec/05/2019

12 alleged Gambino Crime family members face charges of racketeering conspiracy, bribery, loansharking, fraud, obstruction of justice.  One individual is accused of recovering tens of thousands of dollars of a gambling debt on behalf of an Albanian organized crime figure.


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Mark Kocaj, 49, of Tuckahoe, New York, is said to have bragged about his ability to violently collect money, stating that he could send “a couple of my Albanian guys” and have somebody “grab (a potential victim) by the (expletive deleted) neck.”

From the Daily Voice:

Kocaj allegedly helped collect over $30,000, threatening that if the victim did not pay, “he’s going to get his head split open. . . .  These are not the guys to (expletive deleted) around with. ... These Albanians, you know what they’ll do.”

At the time of his arrest, police recovered $25,000 in cash, brass knuckles and several large knives from Kocaj.

Other charges include retaliation against grand jury witnesses, money laundering, illegally obtaining cards from the United States Department of Labor for training courses that were never completed, defrauding the government and overbilling clients with inflated work orders.

Others charged included:

    Renato Barco, Jr., 32, of the Bronx;
    Andrew Campos, 50, of Scarsdale;
    George Campos, 72, of Peekskill;
    James Ciaccia, 51, of the Bronx;
    Benito DiZenzo, 53, of New Rochelle;
    Vincent Fiore, 57, of Briarcliff;
    Mark Kocaj, 49, of Tuckahoe;
    Richard Martino, 60, of Rye;
    John Simonlacaj, 50, of Scarsdale;
    Frank Tarul, 45, of the Bronx;
    Michael Tarul, 43, of the Bronx;
    Adrial Lopez, 56, of the Bronx.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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