Lawrence Dentico (born August 22, 1923 Seaside Park, New Jersey), also known as "Larry Fab","Little Larry" and "The Little Guy", is a New Jersey mobster who is a former captain and consigliere in the Genovese crime family.

Lawrence Dentico is the son of Vito Antonio Dentico and Rose. He is the brother of Joseph born November 5, 1898 in Gioria Del Collo in Calabria, Italy and is the brother-in-law to Theresa Romano, the wife of his brother Joseph. In 1949 and in 1952, Dentico served brief prison sentences for selling heroin.[1] During the 1950s, Dentico worked for boss Vito Genovese. In 1957, authorities suspected that Dentico provided the murder weapon and getaway car in the shooting death of mobster Johnny Earle.[2] In 1966, Dentico was arrested for loansharking and extortion rackets in Hoboken, New Jersey.[2]

When Vincent "the Chin" Gigante became family boss in 1981, Dentico was working as a top aide in New Jersey to Louis Manna, the former consigliere. In 1981, Dentico was convicted of fraud and conspiracy involving the bribing of officials in Union City, New Jersey, to rig bids on public construction contracts and served a six-year prison sentence.[1] After Gigante went to prison for racketeering in 1997, Dentico and Genovese mobster Frank Illiano formed a two-man ruling panel of street bosses to operated the family.[1] In August 2005, Dentico and other Genovese mobsters were indicted on charges of extortion conspiracy and conspiracy to commit murder. The defendants were accused of participating in loansharking, sports bookmaking, numbers running, and football-ticket gambling.[3] Dentico pleaded guilty and on August 16, 2006 was sentenced to 51 months in prison.[4] On May 12, 2009, Dentico was released from prison.[5]

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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]
  • Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime

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Business positions
Preceded by
James "Little Guy" Ida
Genovese crime family

Succeeded by
Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo

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