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FBI’s mob crackdown yields 20 arrests

July 29, 2005

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— An 85-year-old reputed mob boss was arrested Thursday along with 19 other alleged Genovese crime family members and associates on extortion, loansharking and other charges.

Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello - who allegedly became one of the family's acting bosses following the conviction of Vincent "The Chin" Gigante - was arrested at daybreak at his Long Island home. Authorities said the defendant recently turned 85.

"Don't let age fool you," said FBI Agent Matt Heron. "He's still an influential player in the Genovese family."

Ianniello's brother, Bobby, was the owner of Umbertos Clam House, the infamous Little Italy restaurant where a hit man gunned down flashy mobster "Crazy Joey" Gallo in 1972.

The slaying made Umbertos a must-see spot for tourists who scanned its woodwork and kitchen door for leftover bullet holes. Its lure remained unabated, even when Matthew Ianniello was jailed in 1986 for skimming its proceeds, or when a federal monitor ran the place in the early 1990s.

"No matter how long you're in business, we're not going to let up on you," said another investigator, New York Police Department Capt. Christopher Monahan. "Age isn't a factor."

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