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ⓘ Venero Mangano. Venero Frank Benny Eggs Mangano was an American criminal. He was the underboss of the Genovese crime family. Since boss Daniel Danny the Lion Le ..




Venero Mangano
                                     

ⓘ Venero Mangano

Venero Frank "Benny Eggs" Mangano was an American criminal. He was the underboss of the Genovese crime family. Since boss Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo was imprisoned in 2007, Mangano was the familys senior leader outside prison. The nickname "Benny Eggs" came from his mother running an egg farm. He was released from prison on November 2, 2006, after serving a 15-year sentence for extortion.

                                     

1. Windows case

From 1978 to 1990, four of the five crime families of New York formed a cartel of window replacement companies. The cartel eventually controlled over $150 million in contracts from the New York City Housing Authority NYCHA.

                                     

2. Convictions

As a member of the Genovese crime family, Mangano had a notable criminal record;

  • May 15, 1947 - Bookmaking - $200 fine
  • August 6, 1981 - Civil contempt for refusing to testify once granted immunity - incarcerated from August 18, 1981 to April 22, 1982.
  • October 7, 1946 - Bookmaking - $50 fine
  • October 8, 1950 - Bookmaking - $200 fine and 60 days imprisonment
  • February 21, 1961 - Bookmaking - $250 fine and 90 days imprisonment
                                     

3. After jail

In 1997, while still in prison, Mangano was called to testify against boss Gigante. He refused to testify, saying, "What do you want to do, shoot me?" and "Shoot me, but Im not going to answer any questions". He later took the witness stand, but refused to answer any questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.

                                     

4. More readings

  • Jacobs, James B., Coleen Friel and Robert Radick. Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated from the Grip of Organized Crime. New York: NYU Press, 2001.
  • Raab, Selwyn. Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of Americas Most Powerful Mafia Empires. New York: St. Martins Press, 2005.