Joseph Gambino, son of late New York crime boss Carlo Gambino who owned trucking empire with his brother in New York’s Garment District, dies at 83
- Joseph Gambino died of natural causes earlier this month at the age of 83
- Gambino is survived by his 90-year-old brother, Thomas Gambino
- The Gambino brothers are the sons of the late ‘boss of bosses,’ Carlo Gambino
- Brothers held monopoly on trucking deliveries in Manhattan’s Garment District
- For decades, they intimidated competitors until New York State investigated
- Then-Assistant District Attorney Eliot Spitzer charged the brothers with crimes
- They paid $12million fine and left the trucking business, but did not go to prison
Joseph Gambino, the millionaire businessman son of late Mafia crime family boss Carlo Gambino who kept an iron grip on deliveries in New York’s Garment District, died of natural causes earlier this month at the age of 83, it has been reported.
Joseph Gambino and his older brother, Thomas, owned and operated several trucking companies in Manhattan’s Garment District.
While Thomas followed his father into the Gambino crime organization and became a ‘made man’, Joseph kept running the business end after dropping out of New York University in the 1950s.
Joseph Gambino went to work for Consolidated Carriers Corp, the trucking company that had a virtual decades-long monopoly on deliveries inside the Garment District, according to the New York Post.
Joseph Gambino (left) and his brother, Thomas Gambino (right), are seen leaving New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan in 1992. Joseph Gambino died earlier this month. He was 83
The image above shows Joseph Gambino’s late father, Carlo Gambino, the ‘boss of bosses’, after his arrest by the FBI in 1970
The empire came crashing down in October 1990, when state authorities charged the Gambino brothers with racketeering.
New York authorities used undercover police and surveillance technology to gather evidence in the investigation which yielded scores of criminal charges, including enterprise corruption, larceny, extortion, coercion, and restraint of trade.
One of the prosecutors working the case was then-Assistant District Attorney Eliot Spitzer.
Spitzer devised a plan to set up a competing sweatshop in the Garment District that churned out shirts, pants, and sweaters.
Joseph Gambino is survived by his brother, Thomas (seen above in this undated file photo), who is 90 years old
The shop manager, who hired 30 employees to work in the factory, managed to get close enough to the Gambino brothers that he planted a hidden microphone in the ceiling of their office.
After the brothers were charged, they agreed to a plea deal in which they paid $12million in fines and agreed to leave the trucking business. They did not serve prison time.
Spitzer who would go on to become attorney general and then governor of New York, though he eventually resigned when it was revealed he frequented prostitutes.
Joseph Gambino is survived by his brother, Thomas, 90.
The Gambino crime family was named after their father, Carlo Gambino, who was the head of the organization in 1963, when crime syndicates began gaining national attention due to the federal government’s investigations.
During more than 50 years in organized crime, Carlo Gambino, who was known as ‘boss of bosses,’ served just 22 months in prison for tax evasion.