A chrome-domed reputed mobster known as “The Wig” isn’t getting within a hair’s breadth of freedom while awaiting racketeering charges, a Brooklyn judge said Tuesday.
Bald alleged Colombo crime-family associate Daniel Capaldo, 54, was ordered held behind bars as the judge noted that the suspect is no stranger to the criminal justice system, including when he was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in 1995 to drug-trafficking and tax fraud charges.
Capaldo was among a slew of people arrested in last week’s alleged mob takedown on Staten Island.
Also appearing in court for a bail hearing related to the case Tuesday was reputed Colombo associate Anthony Silvestro, 28.
Silvestro — known as “Bugz” — ended up being freed on $500,000 bond.
Both men are charged with racketeering and extortion conspiracy in the case. Capaldo is also charged with loansharking.
They appeared before Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo wearing tan jail scrubs.
Capaldo had been put on supervised release after his previous prison stint and ordered not to have contact with members of organized crime — but he couldn’t stay away, and in 2009, was made a full-fledged member of the Colombo family, authorities say.
He was busted for loansharking in 2011 in another massive, 39-defendant sweep that ensnared other reputed members of the crime family, including Vincent “Johnny Gooch” Febbraro and Joseph “Junior Lollipops” Carna. Capaldo pleaded guilty and received a 41-month prison sentence.
“It seems to me that Mr. Capaldo can’t help but get in trouble, even if he’s being watched by the government,” Kuo said.
Vincent Romano, Capaldo’s lawyer, said after the hearing that he plans to fight again for bail for Capaldo at a later date.
“Mr. Capaldo is optimistic, and we’ll deal with the charges,” Romano said.
The investigation into Capaldo, Silvestro and their co-defendants was touched off thanks to a GPS tracking device that reputed Colombo capo Joseph Amato Sr. attached to his girlfriend’s vehicle, the feds say. It was discovered stuck to an oil pan under an MTA bus on Staten Island.
The device was registered to Amato, and the feds “used that as an excuse” to tap the capo’s phone and those of people he contacted, trying “as hard as they could to find criminal activity,” said Mathew Mari, Silvestro’s lawyer.
“When I look at this case, I see much ado about nothing,” Mari said.
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