"Two members of an organized crime family pleaded guilty to
racketeering conspiracy charges for their participation in a scheme to
recruit illegal aliens to work in adult entertainment clubs controlled
by "La Cosa Nostra." The guilty pleas are a result of an investigation
conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland
Security Investigations and U.S. Department of State, Bureau of
Alphonse Trucchio was a captain of the Gambino family and responsible
for supervising crews of street level members, also known as
"Soldiers," and associates. Soldiers are members who have been formally
initiated or "made," and associates are noninitiated individuals who
commit crimes with and for the Gambino Family. Christopher Colon was a
member of Trucchio's crew.
On Nov. 30, 2011, owners, managers and associates of several strip
clubs in the New York City-area were charged and arrested in connection
with the scheme.
In all, 20 individuals were arrested for their participation in a visa
and marriage fraud scheme involving La Cosa Nostra organized crime
The defendants were members of an organization that arranged for women
from Eastern Europe and Russia to illegally enter the United States to
work as exotic dancers at adult entertainment clubs (strip clubs)
controlled by the Gambino and Bonnano crime families. Several of the
defendants also arranged for many of the women to enter into sham
marriages with U.S. citizens." - ICE, Feb. 21, 2012.