John Barbato
Born (1934-05-15) May 15, 1934 (age 87)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Other names Johnny Sausage

John "Johnny Sausage" Barbato or Johnny Pistachio, (born May 15, 1934 Jersey City, New Jersey)[1] is a New York City mobster and reputed captain in the Genovese crime family.

Career and NJ exclusion[edit | edit source]

John stands at 5'7 and weighs 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is a distant cousin of Genovese crime family mob boss Frank Costello and cousin to Genovese crime family capo Willie Moretti. Reportedly, Barbato has been an associate of the Genovese crime family since the 1940s At the time, his criminal record included convictions of four counts of bookmaking in the 1950s and 1960s, plus a conviction for robbery in 1963. Sometime in the late 1970s, Barbato became the personal bodyguard and chauffeur for Genovese crime family Underboss and Brooklyn faction leader Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano. After being recognized as a "made member" or soldier since the 1970s, Barbato was officially excluded from the state of New Jersey on August 11, 1987.[1]

Barbato was a distant relative to the first wife of singer/actor Frank Sinatra, Nancy Barbato. Barbato is an uncle to Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr. and Christina Sinatra. Barbato has lived in the area of Wolfes Pond Park in Staten Island, New York.

Indictments and guilty plea[edit | edit source]

In 2005, Barbato was indicted on federal racketeering charges and racketeering conspiracy, which included murder conspiracy, extortion, loansharking and witness tampering. U.S. law enforcement charged him with operating criminal activities in the Brooklyn section as well as associating with then-current family acting boss Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo and fellow captains Lawrence "Little Larry" Dentico and Anthony "Tico" Antico.[2] Federal and state authorities alleged that Barbato was a "capo" (or captain) in the Genovese crime family.[2][3][4] The indictment alleged that Barbato was included in a panel since the late 1990s of powerful family capos on how to corrupt labor and construction unions in New York and New Jersey through bribery and extorting their locals in order to achieve influence with companies operating in those areas. Barbato, Cirillo and Antico were even charged with murder conspiracy, as they reputedly plotted to murder an important witness who had helped building the racketeering case against the defendants.[5] Following the arrest of Barbato and three others, The New York Times reported:

"'With these arrests, law enforcement has effectively dismantled the present leadership of the Genovese family,' the United States attorney in Brooklyn, Roslynn R. Mauskopf, said in a statement announcing the indictments of the men. Prosecutors charged that the men took over the administration of the Genovese family business when their leader, Vincent Gigante, went to jail in 1997. The men, prosecutors said, continued the family's involvement 'in crimes designed to enrich its members,' including extortion, loan sharking and fraud."[6]

The New York Daily News reported that Barbato and the others were "allegedly members of the Westside Crew, a ruling panel that runs the crime family in the absence of imprisoned Genovese boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante."[7] Federal Bureau of Investigation Acting Assistant Director John Klochan said at the time: "Our hope is that the indictment will serve as their retirement papers."[7]

On October 18, 2005, Barbato entered a guilty plea, admitting to his participation in an organized crime family and two acts of extortion conspiracy.[8] Although he admitted to membership in a crime family, he did not name the Genovese family or acknowledge being a capo.[9] Observers of organized crime noted that there was little precedent for this type of admission, as it was contrary to the "rules" that Mafia members had formerly lived by.[9][10]

Release from prison[edit | edit source]

John Barbato was released from prison at age 74 on July 3, 2008.[11]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • United States. Congress. Senate. Appropriations Committee. Treasury and Post Office Departments Appropriations, 1954, Hearings Before the Subcommittee of the Committee of Appropriations. 1953. [1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Exclusion Report on John Barbato". State of New Jersey. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Indictment, U.S. v. Cirillo, Dentico, Barbato, and Antico". Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States Attorney. 2004. "14. At various times, the defendant JOHN BARBATO, also known as "Johnny Sausage," was a captain or soldier within the Genovese family."
  3. Barbara Thompson (2007-07-24). "News Release". District Attorney - New York county.  "The organized crime figures charged in today's indictment are JOHN BARBATO, a/k/a 'JOHNNY SAUSAGE,' a 'capo' or captain, in the Genovese Organized Crime Family ..."
  4. Thomas J. Lueck (2004-07-28). "Roofing Union Charged With Scheme to Extort $2 Million". The New York Times. "The indictment names John Barbato, also known as Johnny Sausage, whom it identified as a Genovese capo."
  5. "PRESS RELEASE: Genovese Family Acting Boss Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo and Three Captains Indicted for Racketeering". U.S. Attorney's Office. 
  6. Sabrina Tavernise (2005-04-06). "Four Are Held on Charges Linked to Genovese Family". The New York Times. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Marzulli, John (April 6, 2005). "REAL MOBSTERS BUSTED, TOO". New York Daily News. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  8. "Press Release: GENOVESE FAMILY ACTING BOSS DOMINICK "QUIET DOM" CIRILLO AND THREE CAPTAINS PLEAD GUILTY TO RACKETEERING CHARGES". United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York. 2005-10-15. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Jerry Capeci (2007-01-18). "A Strong Case Against Tony Muscles". New York Sun. 
  10. "Sentencing Day for Reputed North Jersey Mobsters". 1010 Wins. 
  11. "Inmate Locator: John Barbato". United States Dept. of Prisons. 

External links[edit | edit source]

Business positions
Preceded by
Michael "Mickey Dimino" Generoso
Genovese crime family
Acting underboss

Succeeded by
Venero Mangano
as underboss

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