Ramapo Men Arrested had Connection to Mob

On Thursday a unit led by the Rockland District Attorney’s Office and the FBI arrested two men with connections to the mob on charges of racketeering and conspiracy. 61-year old Daniel Pagano of Ramapo was arrested at his home along with an assoiciate, 49-year old Michael Palazzolo who was also charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. According to prosecutors Pagano is a captain in the Genovese crime family, involved in illegal gambling, loan sharking, and making threats to gamblers to obtain money for leaders of the organization. District Attorney Thomas Zugibe stated the unit has been investigating the men since 2009 using eavesdropping warrants and obtaining evidence. Pagano faces twenty years in prison and Palazzolo faces as many 40 years. Pagano’s attorney Murray Richman stated that his client pleaded not guilty and will most likely be using his home on Cherry Lane as collateral for bail.

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