Tough Times at Marco Polo in Carroll Gardens
Chirico - freed on bond after putting up his Staten Island mansion as collateral - is accused of collecting $1,500 that was extorted from trucking-company executive Joseph Vollaro on behalf of fellow Gambino soldier Jerome Brancato. Vollaro - now in protective custody - wore a wire for three years to gather evidence against the Gambinos for authorities...The Italian immigrant's involvement in the case has stunned Brooklynites - among them judges, politicians and civic leaders who have frequented his eateries.And a taste of the Daily News coverage:
But Chirico will be able to go back to work serving up gnocchi, capellini and other Italian fare at the restaurant he and his wife, Rosa, have run since 1983, said his lawyer, Joseph Benfante. "I guess we just can't serve the 'Godfather Special' on Sunday anymore," Benfante joked.As PMFA put it, "Not a good week for Marco Polo."
The lawyer maintained that Chirico was caught in the fed's net only because he did a favor he shouldn't have.
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