When former Bonanno underboss Salvatore Vitale, became an informant he testified against and helped put away 51 organized-crime figures through his testimony as a government witness, 38 of them for murders. Bonventre was one of the defendants that Vitale testified against. He was sentenced to 9 months in prison for various crimes.
On January 23, 2014, Bonventre, Bonanno capo Jerome Asaro, acting boss/underboss Thomas DiFiore, soldier John Ragano, and high ranking Bonanno family member Vincent Asaro were arrested on various charges of racketeering, extortion, robbery and solicitation to murder. He is currently under house arrest awaiting trial.
On April 16, 2015 Bonventre was sentenced to 21 months in prison for collecting a loanshark debt despite claims by him that he had walked away from the mob years ago. It was also learned during his trial that he had turned down an offer to serve as the Bonanno Crime family’s consigliere.