STATES OF ISLAND, NY – Thomas Scorcia, a plumber by trade, was also a hired member of the Colombo organized crime family that ran a “lucrative lending business,” federal prosecutors said.
To make sure he could find his debtors and communicate that he knew where they lived, Scorcia needed copies of their driver’s licenses and contact information, prosecutors said.
Scorcia, 54, also said he would resort to violence if necessary to move his business forward and improve his reputation within the crowd, prosecutors say.
In one case in January 2019, Scorcia and another man planned to confront a fellow lender at the Woodrow Diner in Rossville about a business dispute, the FBI says.
However, the eatery was too busy and they were walking back.
“I’m sick with my stomach, I just wanted to walk in, but there are f —— people coming out with f —— families,” Scorcia said afterwards, according to an intercepted phone call.
It turns out that Scorcia will go out of business for a while.
He was recently sentenced to 42 months behind bars and two years of surveillance after release for racketeering.
In addition, the defendant was fined $ 20,000 and forfeited $ 75,000, including more than $ 34,000 seized during a search.
Authorities said they also found an adjustable steel baton, ski mask, binoculars and a book about the crowd in a covered area of the trunk of his vehicle, prosecutors said.
Public records show that Scorcia is from Annadale.
In October 2019, Scorcia was one of 20 suspects arrested, including an alleged Colombo crime family capo and other alleged gangsters, and charged on various charges of racketeering, extortion, loans and stalking.
Seventeen of the defendants were Staten Islanders, including someone accused of solving an NCAA basketball game in December 2018, authorities said.
Officials said 11 of the suspects were members or employees of the Colombos.
In addition to Scorcia, they included Joseph Amato of Colts Neck, NJ, the alleged captain; and relatives Daniel Capaldo and Vincent Scura, both from Staten Island, authorities said.
Many of the defendants have accepted settlement agreements.
Scorcia pleaded guilty to federal court in Brooklyn on one count of racketeering last November.
He admitted extorting two individuals with “an implied threat of economic damage to (their) reputation” if they failed to repay him loans, according to a sentencing memorandum from lawyers Vincent J. Romano and Anthony DiPietro.
Prosecutors said Scorcia was overheard on a wiretap of a case where he and two other men, a former mixed martial arts fighter, sued one of the victims for an overdue payment.
“… I said to the man, ‘Get in the car’, and the boy had the tears, like between you and me, like … ‘No, please, T. [i.e., Scorcia]No. ‘ Tree! But we talk about that personally. I got this kid right now, ”Scorcia said, according to prosecutors’ memorandum.
The victim denied to police that Scorcia had hit him, although the suspect had reportedly told another Colombo employee he had, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors have recommended that Scorcia be sentenced to 37 to 46 months in prison.
“In this case, specific deterrence and disability are critical,” Brooklyn federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum. “When the suspect joined the Colombo crime family, he took an oath and vowed to remain loyal to this violent criminal organization for the rest of his life. … Few members of the Mafia give up their ties to the Mafia even after serving a significant prison sentence. “
Romano and DiPietro, the defense attorneys, argued that a 27-month sentence behind bars, along with three years of supervised release and a $ 75,000 forfeiture, would be “sufficient” to achieve the conviction’s aims.
Scorcia, who has been detained since his arrest, has been a model prisoner, they said.
“He used this time during his imprisonment to strive for self-improvement,” the lawyers wrote.
Scorcia has completed “numerous” programs while in prison and “done numerous goodwill for the benefit of both staff and inmates,” the lawyers said.
The defendant has no criminal record and “is willing to return to his community as a positive contributor,” the lawyers wrote.
“It cannot be stressed enough that the public will be best served by Mr. To give Scorcia the opportunity to rebuild his life with his family right now, not by demanding his further imprisonment and the associated decline in his ability to find legal work and be productive. re-enter his community at a significantly later date, ”the defense attorneys claimed.
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