Teresa and Joe Giudice’s palatial Franklin Lakes mansion (above).

Did Teresa and Joe Giudice declare bankruptcy to quell myriad creditors, or did they declare bankruptcy to stave off media and tax scrutiny, as their lavish lifestyle is now squarely under the microscope, as a result of their celebrity?

While we have jokingly alleged that the Giudice’s are connected to organized crime, it isn’t like we don’t believe it.  Also, it isn’t like the mafia has never used bankruptcy court to hide assets before.  Take the case of Gaetano Napoli Sr., of the Gambino crime family:

A reputed Gambino soldier was charged Wednesday with hiding the assets of his Long Island meat wholesale shop from creditors in bankruptcy court.


Napoli Sr. filed for bankruptcy protection for Napoli & Sons Meat in West Babylon last fall and falsely claimed the equipment in the store was leased, according to court papers.

“Far from ‘leasing’ the equipment, Napoli sold some of it for approximately $100,000…and rented additional equipment to a third party,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina Posa stated in court papers.

FBI agents videotaped his sons moving a 500-pound meat grinder, fork lifts and industrial-sized meat packing equipment to the buyer, Posa said.

Making matters worse, Napoli Sr. allegedly coached a witness on how to testify before the grand jury investigating the bankruptcy fraud.

“Do not tell volunteer to nobody nothing…One f—— word out of the way and we’re all s— f—–,” Napoli Sr. told the unidentified witness.

While Napoli Sr. was falsely claiming he had no assets, he owed $300,000 to creditors like Bank of America, Jack’s Eggs and various meat wholesalers, according to court papers.

Is Joe Giudice falsey claiming he has no assets?  Nothing would surprise us.  In fact, we’re gonna say we called it.

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RHONJ stars, Teresa (L.), Dina (C.), and Caroline (R.)

So I was watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey last night, looking at Teresa Giudice in her hospital bed, wearing her spotted leopard skin pajamas, having just given birth to baby Audrianna, and then Dina Manzo, whose husband, like Carlo Gambino I presume, is too uptight about being seen on camera, comes in and Teresa asks Dina how it feels to be holding her new god daughter.

I said to my wife, “Audrianna?  Adrianna?  I wonder if Silvio Dante is gonna pop her while calling her a ‘dirty whore’ some day.”  While that was just a joke, so are many truths.  Do I buy in to Italian stereotypes?  Let’s put it this way: if you are making sauce in your driveway in advance for the whole year, like Teresa Giudice, a geep of all geeps classic move, well, you might be connected.  If your husband has 22 inch biceps, speaks in grunt, and sponsors you for breast implants, you might be connected.

If you have a semi-automatic rifle, among other weapons and God knows what in a safe the size of a refrigerator, like Jacqueline’s husband Chris Moltissanti, um, I mean, Chris Laurita, and your favorite refrain is “you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family”, then, well, do I have to say it?

 Caroline’s husband, Albert Manzo, in this past episode, was sporting the old Passaic Police Academy sweatshirt (above).  A few weeks back on the show, him and his brother, the guy who is too camera shy to appear, threw a big bash for the county sheriff.  Who do you think fills the coffers of local law enforcement, district attorneys, and politicians?  Where I come from, it’s people who need favors in return.  Like Don Corleone the Senior said to Bonasera who wanted justice for his daughter, “who kept her honor”:

Some day I may come to you asking for a favor.  That day may never come.

Right, but if these ladies hate Danielle as much as they seem to, then that day may be on the way.  There have been 4 episodes so far this season, and none of the ladies have had more than a text encounter with the villainess, a very brief phone conversation, or a voicemail, and the Jersey housewives are on high alert, led by Don Caroline, who also happens to live by the credo, “you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family.”  Caroline said she’s on to Danielle’s game, when she heard that her mortal enemy, Danielle, would be presenting some check to a cancer kid at her family’s establishment, The Brownstone.  “She doesn’t bother me” said Caroline.  “I’ll call her garbage to her face if I have to.  I’ve done it before and I will do it again”, and she closed with the very omnious and direct, “Ultimately I’ll win.” 

The ladies have a sitdown (above).  Probable topic: Danielle (below).

Danielle might be a dumber bitch than Kelly Bensimon even, in the tri-state area real housewife dumbness hierarchy, and she has pissed some people off, sure, but she’s just going to a benefit for a little girl with cancer, though garbage she may be.  And bringing Danny Provenzano as her date, a felon/New Jersey wise guy/actor (This Thing of Ours) to the cancer party is a bad move, but one that dumb Danielle feels is necessary because she is entering enemy territory, and she’s still un-nerved that the enemy has called her garbage. 

The shame in this is that for all Danielle’s faults, she has two extremely nice, pretty young daughters, who her mother got called garbage in front of.  And yes, Danielle’s eldest daughter was a model at fashion week, and Danielle did throw a party in her daughter’s honor but she forbade the kid from inviting any of her friends, because Danielle, who was also photographed as an afterthought by none other than Gilles Bensimon (Kelly’s ex), wanted that spotlight all to herself.  But next week at The Brownstone, she’ll be sharing the spotlight with Danny P (below).

Danielle, Danny, and other wiseguy (above).

“How would you feel if someone called you garbage?”  Danielle asks Danny.

“I have a theory on that.  People need to shut the fuck up.”  Danny replies.

Follow that link should you wish to peruse Danny’s criminal record and the details of his racketeering conviction. 

Don’t be surprised if all hell breaks loose next week between the New Jersey housewives–at the cancer benefit.  Look, I’m not saying these people aren’t nice.  Actually, aside from Danielle, and the ultra bossy Caroline–who is still to us a way better person than say, her red-headed NYC counterpart, Jill Zarin–everyone on the show seems extremely nice and way more likable than our favorite, bitchy new York housewives who aren’t really housewives.  What can I tell you?  Some of the nicest people I know happen to be criminals.

Teresa Giudice (above), just before her shining moment in last season’s finale.

They’re nice alright.  Doesn’t mean a housewife like Teresa won’t flip over a table and scream, “PROSTITUTION WHORE!”  Why?  Because she gangsta.

–Crack (

Victoria Gotti (below), widow of John Gotti Sr. is being sued by Valerie Palleschi.  The two were involved in a traffic accident on Montauk Highway in 2009.

Many assume the Gotti widow is wealthy but the Gotti Sr. crime fortune was never recovered.  There are many possible reasons.  Some believe that John Gotti Sr’s brothers were supposed to deliver her money that the late John Gotti had provided and set aside, but that they did not.  The government is also very interested in any possible money that Gotti may have left his heirs.

Above you can see a 9 minute video of Victoria Gotti, discussing primarily her sons legal tribulations with the government.  Gotti talks about being an artist.  Her paintings have received quite an audience and earn her an income.

Above is a painting Victoria did of John Gotti Sr.  You can check out her paintings at  They sell for $200 a print.

And to read more about the accident and suit:

Be Careful,

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John Gotti Jr., pictured outside federal court in Manhattan (L).  Gotti with ace criminal attorney, Charles Carnesi (R).

John Gotti Jr. gave his only in depth interview to date last week to Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes.  Here’s a recap of some of the more interesting things he said.  On his upbringing:

I’m from Howard Beach.  We were taught from a young age that we don’t call the police.  For nothing.  We take care of our own problems.

On being inducted:

Proudest moment of my life.

On getting out of the life:

Kroft: you can’t get out.

Gotti: who says?

Kroft: the movies, the federal government.

Gotti: what makes them an authority on this?

Junior told Kroft that his father loved everything about being a gangster.  And that it came before his real family.

We were second.

Junior spoke of his father’s state after his 12 year old brother Frank was killed in a car crash:

He didn’t show much emotion but the vent in my bedroom was connected to his study, and I would hear him cry.  I would hear him cry.

Gotti, with lawyer Charles Carnesi at his side, who beat two of Gotti’s 4 raps in the last 5 years, also talked about his father’s suspicious nature and sense of ethics.  On mobster’s saving money:

My father thought there was only two possibilities on how you end up.  Behind bars or dead.  That was it.  when he’d see a wiseguy putting money away, he’d say, “What’s he thinking?”

On following the code:

If you’re not doing the right thing you’re gonna get whacked.  Just like if I’m not doing the right thing, somebody’s gonna put two in my hat.

Carnesi sat with Gotti, as it was explained, to keep him from saying anything that could get him indicted.  He only spoke once, to interject to Kroft, that Junior Gotti had never accepted the title of boss or underboss, and that it was more of a title the government looked to attach to him.  On the whole, John Gotti Jr. handled himself very well, was well spoken, and his reverence for John Sr., to this day, is resounding.  On whether he ever feared being whacked:

Every day.  You know, it was a possibility.

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John Gotti Jr. today sports a different look than the one we see above from his youth.  Gotti sports a cerebral look these days, donning–no pun intended–horn rimmed glasses that seem more appropriate attire for a banker than a convicted felon.

Think what you want about the man, but he is a cerebral type.  If he wasn’t, he’d never have beaten the government at trial so many times–and with so many different lawyers.  Obviously, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution but in the case of John Jr., the prosecution spared no expense, took years sometimes between mistrials or hung juries to re-examine their conviction strategies, and in the case of the last trial, found a fresh set of witnesses to say they took orders from John after he left the family business, or who heard him talk about how leaving the family business was the “only way to beat a RICO case” against the government.

One witness tied Gotti to Vinny “Gorgeous” Basciano, head of the Bonanno crime family doing life at the Metropolitan Correctional facility, testifying that Gotti and Basciano had discussed this strategy as the ultimate defense.  It had come up, supposedly, as the two met in order to sort out execution orders for an associate of the two men, who were in all likelihood the most powerful Italian mobsters in NY.

A movie is set to debut about Gotti, and in promoting the film, we are lucky enough to get an up close glimpse of the man on tonight’s 60 Minutes on CBS.  Gotti never took the stand when tried by the government.  This interview is going to be as close we come to seeing John Jr. cross-examined.

I am particularly interested to hear Gotti speak about his legal counsel, and how he was able to change lawyers with such confidence after his legal team had won his freedom, if temporarily.  To me, it shows that Gotti was receiving incredible advice and had for a layman, an expert knowledge of the law–changing legal teams to deal with the changing tactics of the prosecution.

Your choice of lawyer may be the biggest decision you ever make.  Gotti has chosen successfully on at least 3 separate occasions.  We all have that to learn from him.  This interview should be fascinating on many levels.  Even our friend Chris Fabricant should have a healthy interest.  Try to catch it tonight at 7 pm.


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