Joseph "Joey Dee" DiNapoli (born August 12, 1935), is a high-ranking member of the Lucchese crime family, holding the rank of caporegime or captain. He was also a part of the family's Ruling Committee/Panel, controlling the day-to-day operations from 2003 to 2011, along with Aniello Migliore and Matthew Madonna. DiNapoli has two brothers, Vincent DiNapoli and Louis DiNapoli, who are both members of the Genovese crime family.
In 1969, DiNapoli was arrested in New York on gambling charges. In December, 1971 Dinapoli was also charged with Frank "Butch" Pugliese on narcotics charges. On Feb 3, 1972, DiNapoli was arrested with Vincent Papa in possession of a suitcase containing $967,450 in cash.
In the night in question, Detectives had trailed DiNapoli and Papa to a nondescript apartment building on Bronxdale Avenue in The Bronx. After observing Papa's vehicle, they saw the two men enter the building with a suitcase and exit less than an hour later, DiNapoli still carrying the suitcase, this time with great difficulty. The Detectives then sprung into action and blocked their way, as they entered the vehicle (a 1968 dark green colored Pontiac) and began to drive away. The suspects identified themselves, and upon searching the vehicle, the cops found the money stacked in several bundles of $10,000 each in the case in the trunk. The suitcase was confiscated and both were detained, but, after intense questioning, were released without charge. It's alleged that when they were apprehended the two men were on their way to buy 200 lbs of pure heroin. The Detectives had hoped to charge them with conspiracy to distribute but acted in haste before they had made the actual purchase and therefore there was insufficient evidence to prove they had actually committed a crime.
In 1973 however, DiNapoli was eventually charged, along with Pat Dilacio, for possession of two kilograms of heroin with intent to distribute. The following year Dinapoli was also convicted along with William Alonzo, Joseph Ceriale, Donato Christiano, Vincent D'Amico, John Gamba, Louis Inglese, Angelo Mamone, Frank Pugliese, Warren C. Robinson, Frank Russo, Henry Salley, John Springer, Carmine Tramunti and Hattie Ware on numerous counts federal narcotics laws. During the case it was also revealed that DiNapoli was a major loanshark. In 1974 he was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment.
In 1975, DiNapoli was also convicted of extortion and tax evasion and was sentenced to twenty-one years in prison but was subsequently released in 1982, having served on a third of his sentence.
Following his release in the early 1980s, DiNapoli plead guilty to labor racketeering. His codefendant in the case, Theodore Maritas, the head of the city's carpenters union, had disappeared. Despite this however, Congressman Mario Biaggi, a Bronx Democrat, urged the federal judge to suspend DiNapoli's five year sentence.
Racketeering with Louis DiNapoli
After becoming involved in major labor racketeering and loansharking, DiNapoli went over to stocks and schemes during the mid 1980s, along with his brother Louis DiNapoli, a made man in the Genovese family. This involved setting up three front companies, which actually involved more than a dozen illegal contracts and shell companies, for the work in schools, hospitals and subways. This was a former operation between the brothers, to ease the relationship between the Lucchese and the Genovese crime families, since Louis DiNapoli was listed as a soldier for the Genovese crime family, and Joseph, as a caporegime for the Luccheses, during the early 1990s by federal prosecutors.
Indictment and imprisonment
On May 17, 1995, Joseph and Louis DiNapoli were indicted for illegally obtaining $5 million in asbestos-removal and construction contracts from New York City and New York state agencies that were intended for minority-owned companies. It appeared that the three companies were owned by an African-American man, a Hispanic man and a woman, but their efforts had been plagued by abuses, including allegations that many companies benefiting from the programs were controlled by white businessmen.
During the following months, Joseph DiNapoli was charged with fraud, labor racketeering, and loansharking in two separate counts, all predicates under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In 1998, after being acquitted on the racketeering charges, DiNapoli was sentenced to 60 months in prison for loansharking and fraud.
Ruling Panel Member
After being released from prison after 29 months in 1999, DiNapoli went back to his crew in the Bronx. In 2003, with almost half the family on trial, boss Vittorio Amuso, decided to create a Three-Man-Panel to run the day-to-day operations in place of the acting boss position. Capos Aniello Migliore, Matthew Madonna, and Joseph DiNapoli, and were selected to run the family.
On December 18, 2007, New Jersey law enforcement indicted and arrested DiNapoli and 32 other members and associates of the Lucchese crime family. In a year-long investigation titled "Operation Heat" law enforcement agencies uncovered a $2.2 billion dollar illegal gambling, money laundering and racketeering ring from New Jersey to Costa Rica. Along with DiNapoli ruling panel member Matthew Madonna and top New Jersey Faction capos Ralph Vito Perna and Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. were indicted.
On October 1, 2009 DiNapoli was indicted along with Matthew Madonna and 27 others in a racketeering scheme that made approximately $400 million from gambling, loansharking, gun trafficking and extortion.
DiNapoli was granted bail for both cases. Appeals and ongoing plea negotiations delayed a trial in either case for over six years. In April 2016, DiNapoli pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in exchange for a three year sentence and was immediately taken into custody. He was paroled from prison in January 2017.
DiNapoli was once again indicted in May, 2017 along with Street Boss Matthew Madonna, Underboss Steven Crea Sr., capos Dominic Truscello and John Castellucci and several alleged soldiers. They were charged with racketeering, murder, loan sharking, narcotics, and other offenses.
In June 2020 DiNapoli filed for a sentence reduction on the grounds of cruel and unusual punishment being inflicted on him in the MCC. On the 27th of that month however this motion was denied due to insufficient evidence of such punishment being provided by DiNapoli. The judge noted that she had hoped that the BOP would recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic could have justified departures from its usual policies regarding furloughs. But Congress had given the BOP, not the Court, the authority to make furlough decisions. DiNapoli was informed however that, should that change, he can reapply. As it stands his release is currently scheduled for October 30, 2023, at which point he will be 88 years old.