Charles "Chuckie" Tuzzo (November 22, 1933 - July 30, 2020) was a New York mobster who was a capo with the New Jersey Faction of the Genovese crime family.
A reputed captain in the Genovese crime family upon the takeover by Vincent Gigante in the 1980s, Tuzzo's criminal activities were mostly white collar crimes in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. In the early 1990s, Tuzzo, capo Liborio Bellomo, and capo Ernest "Ernie" Muscarella participated in several lucrative pump-and-dump stock schemes.
Controlling the ILA
In 1997, Vincent Gigante was convicted of federal racketeering charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison. With Bellomo incarcerated on similar charges and reputed Consigliere Dominick Cirillo resigning, Muscarella became Genovese acting boss. His rise would also increase Tuzzo's influence in the Manhattan faction. In the late 1990s, Tuzzo, Muscarella and other members of the family dominated the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and began extorting companies such as Orex Gold Mines Corp. operating on the piers in the New York City and New Jersey metropolitan area, and in Miami, Florida. Tuzzo's other criminal activities included bid rigging, loansharking and racketeering.
In January 2002, Tuzzo, Muscarella, and Vincent Gigante were indicted on federal racketeering, conspiracy and extortion charges. The Genovese crime family had gained control of International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) locals in New York, New Jersey, and Miami, Florida. They used this power to extort money from shipping container repair companies and other waterfront-related businesses. Additional charges against the defendants also brought in evidence of extorting the Laborer International Union of North America, Teamsters Local 32B/J of the Building Services Workers Union and the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York. On April 7, 2003, Tuzzo pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy. He was later sentenced to five years in prison. Tuzzo was released from prison on February 2, 2006. As part of his plea agreement, Tuzzo is prohibited from participating in the ILA or any waterfront-related business.
Operation Fistful & Death
In October 2014, Tuzzo, along with Genovese soldier Vito Alberti and nine other associates were arrested on charges of racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy, loan sharking and promoting gambling. According to authorities, Tuzzo and his associates used check-cashing businesses and a Newark restaurant to run a racketeering enterprise that reaped millions of dollars through loan sharking and money laundering. Tuzzo, Alberti and five others were each held on $400,000 bail. As of December, 2019 Tuzzo was still awaiting charges. He passed away in July 2020 at the age of 86.