Andrew Merola ((born March, 1967) is a capo in the New Jersey faction of the Gambino crime family.
Merola became associated with a Gambino crew in New Jersey run by Jackie D'Amico and quickly became a rising power because of his acumen for making money.
Merola was born Andrew Knapik and changed his surname to Merola (It is thought that his biological father was a Merola) in order to be made an official member of the Gambino crime family and mover in the Garden State. Merola was convicted in the 1990's.
He was later promoted and headed a crew that ran the gamut of mobster-related crimes -- from loan-sharking to a scam in which the group pasted lower-value barcode labels on items at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Circuit City, Best Buy and Walmart, bought the goods, then removed the labels and brought the items back for original-cost refunds, shook down lunch-truck vendors; operated an offshore gambling ring; and steered labor rackets that replaced union workers.
In 2007 he and others of his crew were arrested and in 2010 Merola pleaded guilty to charges against him for the illegal activities he operated and was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.