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Vincent Badalamenti

Vincent Badalamenti (born 1958), also known as "Vinny TV," is an American mobster and former acting boss of the Bonanno crime family. He received his nickname from an appliance store he once owned.

Biography

Badalamenti is the owner of Bagels Plus a Bagel store in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and a former owner of a Brooklyn electronics store that gave him his mob nickname. It is also allegedly that Badalamenti controls a mob social club on 20th Avenue and 72nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

In January 2012, Badalamenti was indicted along with capo's Anthony Graziano, Nicholas Santora, and soldiers Anthony Calabrese and Vito Balsamo. He was charged with extorting restaurants and bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan and extending a $50,000 loanshark loan in 1999. These charges were primarily based on information from government informant Hector Pagan Jr. (Graziano's ex son-in-law).

On February 6, 2012, Maryann Santiago filed a lawsuit against three restaurants, including Bagels Plus, accusing the stores of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act which protects against discrimination. The very next day Santiago withdrew her lawsuit against Bagel Plus after finding out Badalamenti was the owner.

In April 2012, Badalamenti plead guilty to nonviolent collection of an unlawful debt. After a postponement in sentencing in August 2012, Badalamenti was sentenced to 18 months in prison on September 25th. On May 16, 2013 Badalamenti was released from the Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix in Fort Dix, New Jersey. In June, 2016 he completed his three-year post-prison supervised release, he had suffered a heart attack just days before.

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