File:Vincent Badalamenti and Vito Balsamo.jpg

Vincent Badalamenti (left) with Vito Balsamo.

Vincent Badalamenti (born 1958), also known as "Vinny TV," is an American mobster and acting boss of the Bonanno crime family.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Badalamenti is the owner of Bagels Plus a bagel store in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.[2] He received his nicknamed "Vinny TV", because he used to own a Brooklyn electronics store.[1] It is also alleged that Badalamenti controls a mob social club on 20th Avenue and 72nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.[3]

In January 2012, Badalamenti was indicted along with capo's Anthony Graziano, Nicholas Santora, and soldiers Anthony Calabrese and Vito Balsamo.[1] He was charged with extorting restaurants and bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan and extending a $50,000 loanshark loan in 1999.[4] These charges were primarily based on information from government informant Hector Pagan (Graziano's ex son-in-law).[1]

On February 6, 2012, Maryann Santiago filed a lawsuit against three restaurants, including Bagels Plus, accusing the stores of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.[2] The very next day Santiago withdrew her lawsuit against Bagels Plus after finding out Badalamenti was the owner.[5]

In April 2012, Badalmenti plead guilty and faces up to two years in prison.[6] In August 2012, Badalmenti's sentencing was postponed.[3] On September 25, 2012, Badalmenti was sentenced to 18 months in prison.[7] Badalamenti is currently being held at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) with a projected release date of May 16, 2013.[8]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Marzulli, John (January 27, 2012). "Feds bust 5 mob suspects in raids on Staten Island, Long Island Face charges of extortion, loansharking". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marzulli, John (February 6, 2012). "Reputed mob boss Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti's Brooklyn bagel shop being sued by disabled woman: She says store violates Americans With Disabilities Act". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Donnelly, Frank (August 20, 2012). "Sentencing Monday for father of Staten Island 'Mob Wives' star, 4 others". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  4. Donnelly, Frank (January 27, 2012). "5 Staten Islanders accused after raids on Bonanno mob family". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  5. Marzulli, John (February 7, 2012). "Maryann Santiago withdraws lawsuit against reputed mobster and Brooklyn bagel shop owner Vincent Badalamenti: But amputee won't back down from suits from 2 other eateries". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  6. Marzulli, John (April 9, 2012). "Bonanno crime boss Vincent Badalamenti pleads guilty to felony". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  7. Marzulli, John (September 25, 2012). "Reputed boss of Bonanno crime family sentenced to 18 months in prison". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  8. "Vincent Badalamenti". Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Salvatore Montagna
Bonanno crime family
Acting Boss

Succeeded by

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