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Joseph "The Eagle" Gatto

Joseph Gatto Jr. (died in April 2010) known as "The Eagle", was a capo in the Genovese crime family New Jersey faction.

Biography Edit

Gatto's father, Louis "Streaky" Gatto, belonged to a crew that was led by capo Peter LaPlaca until the mid-1970s when Louis Gatto took over. Louis and his son Joseph Gatto Jr. led the crew operating in Bergen and Passaic counties in north New Jersey. They controlled large illegal gambling, loansharking and bookmaking rackets. The father and son duel used violence and fear to collect on these rackets. Insuring rivals would not take advantage of their illegal activities. In 1989, Gatto Sr. was indicted on two murder counts and received 65 years and his son Gatto Jr. was also indicted on racketeering charges and received 30 months.

Joseph "The Eagle" Gatto Jr. was released in 1993 and assumed control of his father's crew. He would expand the crew's illegal gambling operations by introducing the use of pagers and cell phones. By 1999, Gatto Jr. was convicted on illegal gambling charges and took a plea deal where he admitted that he was a capo with the Genovese family. Gatto Jr. was released in 2003, but he was indicted in 2004 for running Catalina Sports, an offshore wire room in Costa Rica. The sports bar allegedly grossed $300,000 to $500,000 in profit per week. The conviction was overturned in 2005 the prosecutions tried again in 2008. Gatto Jr. died in April 2010 of natural causes as a free man.

It is unknown who has taken over leading the Gatto crew today.

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