Breaking News US/Australia ll Lucchese crime boss Matthew Madonna ‘ordered hit over unpaid $100K’


Former acting Lucchese crime boss Michael Madonna (pictured above) allegedly ordered the 2013 hit on Michael Meldish, the notorious leader of the Purple Gang, authorities sayFormer acting Lucchese crime boss Michael Madonna ordered the 2013 hit on notorious Purple Gang leader Michael Meldish after he refused to repay a $100,000 loan, a prosecutor alleged on Monday
Madonna and his second-in-command Steven Crea Sr ordered the killing of his onetime ally, who controlled the drugs trade in the Bronx and Harlem, after he old him to ‘f-k off’ over the repayment of the cash, Assistant US attorney Celia Cohen said
  Meldish was found shot to death in his car on Ellsworth Avenue in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx in 2013
The claims claim at the start of the trial of Madonna and three associates who are accused of racketeering, extortion, loansharking and other charges, reports the New York Post
 Crea and Madonna are co-defendants, along with associates Christopher Londonio, and Terrence Caldwell, in the trial that is underway in White Plains, New York
Londonio and Caldwell, the alleged triggerman, subsequently executed Meldish as he was sitting in his parked car
‘Not repaying a boss is a dangerous game,’ Cohen told the juros, the Post reports
 ‘Michael Meldish is dead because of these four men.’Madonna, 83, served as the Lucchese family’s ‘street boss’ until 2017, when the formal boss Vittorio ‘Vic’ Amuso — who’s serving out a life sentence for murder — allegedly appointed Michael DeSantis in his stead
Madonna and Crea were among 19 accused New York mobsters linked to the Lucchese crime family in a massive FBI bust that same year
 They were arrested on charges ranging from illegal sale of cigarettes to murder
The crimes were committed in connection to a larger racketeering scheme run out of New York and dating back at least 17 years, prosecutors said
Some in the sweep also were held on charges in relation to Meldish’s murder
 The 62-year-old co-leader of the Purple Gang, who was found with a gunshot wound to his head and with blood leaking from both ears while seated in his car on the night of November 15, 2013, did jobs for the Luccheses
 The gangster’s body was found by a neighbor and her daughter, who spotted the rusty car parked at the side of the street – with its driver’s side door hanging open and a motionless man inside
 ‘We saw a car door and someone’s leg hanging out of the car,’ retired nurse Janet Forbes testified at Monday’s trial, reports the Post
 The woman, who was driving her car at the time, said she drove around the block and pulled up alongside the vehicle, thinking there might be a drunken driver behind the wheel
‘When I saw him up close he didn’t look drunk, he looked dead,’ said Forbes
 Besides racketeering, Madonna and his trio of associates are facing charges of extortion, loansharking, illegal gambling and acts of violence, the Post reports
Londonio is also facing a separate charge for collecting bed sheets while in custody, in what authorities suspect was a plan to use them to climb out of a window at a federal jail
Lawyers for the accused urged the jury to note how the government was to rely on witnesses who turned against the family
‘They have lied, stolen, cheated. They put their own personal interests above all else,’ attorney Robert Franklin, who represents Crea, said of those cooperating with prosecutors
Share this article Share Attorney George Goltzer, who is representing Caldwell,  also insisted that his client did not kill Meldish
Both were close friends, and so tight that Meldish even drove Caldwell to chemotherapy treatments, his lawyer said
Caldwell and Londonio face three life sentences and a number of additional charges in the execution-style death
Meldish’s death at the time was met with celebration from law enforcement officers, who called him a ‘stone-cold killer,’ believing him to have carried out at least 10 murders on the orders of the Mafia throughout the 1970s and 1980s
Joseph Coffey, former commanding officer of the NYPD’s organized crime homicide task force, said at the time: ‘It should have happened a long time ago,’ he added
‘I call it vermin killing vermin — poetic justice.’ 

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