Template:RefimproveBLP Joseph Vollaro, also known as "Joey V" and "Joe Andrews" (born 1966), is a Staten Island-based American trucking executive and Gambino crime family associate who is now a government informant and witness.
Vollaro did construction work and worked in several gyms as a young man. Vollaro became an associate of the Gambino family in the 1990s. Vollaro's father, Anthony Vollaro, was a Gambino bookmaker operating in New Jersey. It was rumored Vollaro that was up for induction into the family in the mid-1990s before being sent to prison on drug dealing and loansharking charges.
Mob connections[edit | edit source]
While in prison, Vollaro shared a cell with Gambino family mobster Nicholas "Little Nick" Corozzo. Vollaro became close to Corozzo, and when released from prison, Vollaro started making payments to Corozzo and his brother Joseph "Jo Jo" Corozzo. Vollaro's company, Andrews Trucking, quickly became one of the city's leading construction truckers, hauling dirt from the city's excavation sites. Vollaro and Gambino soldier Joseph Spinnato co-owned several Staten Island businesses which they used to produce money for the Gambinos, and to extort other business owners. Vollaro was responsible for getting the Gambino family involved in a NASCAR speedway that was planned for Staten Island; Andrews Trucking received a lucrative hauling contract at the site. Vollaro and the Gambinos soon came to dominate the construction business in Staten Island. At one point, the wealthy Vollaro owned three 40-foot yachts named "No Limits", "Cat in the Act", and "All Fired Up".
Government informant[edit | edit source]
In 2004, Vollaro was arrested with two kilograms of cocaine and charged with heading a large-scale narcotics trafficking operation. Facing a lifetime prison term, Vollaro chose to become a government witness and assist with surveillance for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The operation was originally focused on narcotics, but Vollaro's rise to one of Nick Corozzo's trusted aides changed the operation's complexion. Corozzo was even planning to propose Vollaro for induction into the family as a made man or soldier.
In early 2008, Vollaro's work resulted in a massive federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) indictment that snagged both Corozzo brothers, acting boss John "Jackie Nose" D'Amico, underboss Domenico Cefalu, capo Frank Cali, and over 40 capos, soldiers, and associates. However, the racketeering cases were weak and the government was forced to accept lesser plea bargain deals from the plaintiffs for extorting payments from Vollaro's business.
Current status[edit | edit source]
Vollaro is currently part of the federal Witness Protection Program. In October 2008, Vollaro started legal proceedings for $600,000 in financial restitution from the Corozzos and other Gambino family members for extorting his business.
References[edit | edit source]
- Gordon, Cormac, "Gambinos' Greed Their Undoing", Staten Island Advance, February 9, 2008.
- Hamill, Dennis, "Year of the Rat proves prophetic", NY Daily News, February 19, 2008.
- Lauinger, John, "FBI's Gambino informant skips town, leaving pregnant wife in the dark", NY Daily News, February 10, 2008.
- Mangan, Dan, "Rat goes for see food", New York Post, February 11, 2008.
- Rashbaum, William K., "Gambino crime family indicted in New York sweep", International Herald Tribune, February 8, 2008.
- Rashbaum, William K., "Accused Gambino Leaders Indicted in Sweep", The New York Times, February 8, 2008.
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- New York Times: Informant in Mob Case Had Power, and a Wire by WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
- New York Daily News: Supposed mob KO falls apart BY JOHN MARZULLI
- New York Daily News: Mob turncoat Joseph Vollaro seeking more than $600K from Gambinos BY JOE GOULD AND JOHN MARZULLI