Suspect John Perna is the son of reputed former longtime Lucchese crime-family capo Ralph V. Perna, who the feds as soon as accused of working the Mafia faction’s New Jersey operations.
Authorities acquired a critical glimpse into the internal workings of the alleged crime family-within-a-crime household through the large takedown of a $2 billion-plus unlawful on-line sports-betting operation in 2010 — and it wasn’t fairly.
Ralph V. and two of his sons — John and Joseph “Little Joe” Perna — have been convicted within the scheme, which mirrored the Perna felony dynasty’s reliance on bookmaking, an investigator advised the Philadelphia Inquirer on the time.
Wiretaps caught the sons as soon as boasting about “Daddy’s” rise to the highest.
Federal tapes additionally revealed how the sons have been initiated as Lucchese troopers at a ceremony at Joseph’s Toms River residence in 2007 — with New York Metropolis reputed mob bosses Joseph “Massive Joe” DiNapoli and Matthew Madonna in attendance, the paper stated.
At one level, Joseph was heard griping on tape, “I made $67,000 within the final 10 days and I don’t have a greenback . . . not a greenback. . . . It goes to the home and this and that and payments.”
Each he and his brother have been additionally caught plotting assaults on those that didn’t pay their money owed, the paper stated.
In 2016, Ralph V. landed an eight-year jail sentence for his function within the playing scheme, whereas his sons acquired 10 years every, all a part of plea offers, NJ.com reported on the time.
John acquired out of state jail in July 2019 — and was cuffed Tuesday for allegedly assaulting Manzo’s then-boyfriend and now-husband in 2015, the 12 months earlier than he was convicted within the playing operation.
The feds say John Perna was employed by Manzo’s ex, Tommy Manzo — and in alternate for the assault acquired a steep low cost for his marriage ceremony reception at Manzo’s catering corridor in Paterson the following month.
Each John Perna and Manzo pleaded not responsible at their arraignment Tuesday.