Gambino crime family captain Nicholas “Little Nicky” Corrozo pleaded guilty last Wednesday to the top count in a 29-count state indictment charging him with promoting illegal sports betting in Queens.
He admitted in state court on July 30 to operating a “highly sophisticated” illegal gambling enterprise based in the borough that booked nearly $10 million in wagers in a two-year period, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The 68-year-old capo and 25 other reputed members of the Gambino crime family were named in a state indictment charging them with promoting illegal betting and using gambling wire rooms, located in Woodhaven and in Costa Rica.
Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron set bail at $1 million and indicated that Corrozo likely faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. Corozzo’s next court date is Dec. 1.
Following his appearance in state court, Corozzo was returned to federal authorities, who have held him without bail since he surrendered to them on May 29. Corozzo had remained a fugitive for four months and gave himself up after his story was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in early May.
A federal indictment charged Corrozo and 61 other organized crime family members with racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, loan sharking and embezzlement.
Corrozo was also charged in the January 1996 drug-related, double murder of an organized crime family associate and his friend, according to Brown. That case is pending.
Other reputed Gambino soldiers and associates who pleaded guilty in the state gambling case include Corrozo’s brother, Blaise Corrozo, Louis Scida, Todd Segarra, Neil Allsatt and Frank Mancini.
— Lee Landor