After an 18-month investigation, police said stolen cars were crushed and filled with dirt, then sold as scrap by Agnello’s scrap yard in Cleveland.
Carmine “The Bull” Agnello is the ex-husband of Victoria Gotti, the daughter of the late organized crime boss John Gotti.
Cleveland police were later joined by the New York City Police Department who were able to give background on Agnello’s criminal history.
Cleveland police say the former son-in-law of the infamous John Gotti was also charged with animal cruelty and corruption after it was discovered that he also drugged horses before races.
Carmine “The Bull” Agnello, the ex-hubby of famed mobster John Gotti’s daughter, was busted Wednesday morning in Ohio in connection with a probe into stolen cars and auto parts, sources said. Police said Agnello was crushing stolen cars at his scrap yard in Cleveland, then selling the remains as scrap metal.
Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba answers questions about the arrest of Carmine Agnello at a news conference Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Cleveland. The investigation into Agnello’s activities began after Cleveland police noticed a spike in auto thefts and realized that numerous vehicles weren’t being recovered as usual, Tomba said. He was the head of the Gambino crime family in New York City. The show featured Gotti and her three sons with Agnello.
No attorney information for Agnello was immediately available.
“Cleveland has been free of traditional organized crime for a while”, Tomba said. The couple divorced in 2002, months after Agnello pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.
In 2000, Agnello was arrested by New York City police on charges of operating a racketeering enterprise that dominated the scrap metal industry in Willets Point, Queens.
After Agnello was released from federal prison in 2008, he married a woman from the Cleveland area and moved to a a secluded and wealthy Cuyahoga County neighborhood near Bentleyville.
The accusations are similar to those New York prosecutors lodged against Agnello in 2000. Authorities accused Topalian of being a member of an Armenian terrorist group.