Daniel Capaldo Is Too Dangerous to Be Released From Jail
At his bail hearing on Tuesday, a Brooklyn federal judge kept in custody a tough-talking Colombo crime family associate believed to pose an immediate danger to Staten Islanders if released from jail.
Longo testified in his June 1964 police interview that he never discussed the bank robbery with Lubesky or his wife or stepdaughter prior to being interviewed by law enforcement officers.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Capaldo was born and raised in England. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of Malcolm Tucker, spin doctor to prime minister Tony Blair in BBC comedy series The Thick of It. His brash wit and shoulder twitch, said to be Tourette Syndrome symptoms, earned critical and popular acclaim alike.
He appeared in several other television shows, such as E4 teen comedy Skins and BBC Radio sitcom Getting On. Additionally, he directed and wrote various short films, as well as creating a documentary on Cricklewood Film Studios.
Capaldo and Thomas Scorcia appeared for bail hearings Tuesday as part of three federal indictments alleging racketeering, extortion, loansharking and other crimes related to racketeering and loansharking activities that they allegedly reported to Joseph Amato, an alleged Colombo crime family captain.
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At his bail hearing, an alleged associate of Colombo crime family was ordered held due to his long criminal history – including 14-year federal prison term for drug trafficking and tax fraud charges. Prosecutors say this individual used his large physical presence to intimidate victims in loansharking schemes by intimidating and coercing loansharkers into doing business with him.
Silvestro and Capaldo were among 20 suspects charged in three federal indictments unsealed on October 3 with extortion by violent means, loansharking and racketeering in three comprehensive indictments unsealed that day. Their arrest began as part of an investigation that started back in November 2016 when workers at a bus depot in New Springville on Staten Island found a GPS device hidden inside an oil pan of one city bus at that depot.
Achievement and Honors
Judges recently determined that an alleged Colombo crime family associate, Capaldo, was too dangerous for release at his bail hearing. Prosecutors asserted that Capaldo used his large-than-life presence to intimidate and coerce victims into loansharking schemes using fear tactics and intimidating power.
Longo testified that in June 1964 he and Pamela Hansen, his stepdaughter, went to Capaldo’s house in Oakville to feed a horse that needed feeding. While there they also met her mother and the girl living downstairs.
Longo was said to have asked Capaldo whether or not he was responsible for committing the Oakville bank robbery; Lubesky denied this claim by asserting he only knew him through their time together in New Haven State Jail, never discussing this topic with his family members, nor bringing up this topic with Capaldo or his wife or daughter.
Among those arrested during an alleged Colombo takedown on Staten Island in 2019, including serving time behind bars for drug trafficking and tax fraud, was one bald mobster with 14 years in the criminal justice system who is currently at a halfway house serving two years of supervised release.
He stands accused of participating in eight murders, including the 1997 killing of New York Police Department officer Ralph C. Dols on orders from Colombo Capo Dino Calabro. Additionally, he may have participated in loansharking or other forms of extortion schemes.
Anthony Silvestro and Robert Dauthin were each held on $500,000 bail during back-to-back bail hearings at Brooklyn federal court Tuesday, where a judge denied home arrest requests citing previous gang activity and convictions as reasons.
An alleged mobster and his wiseguy co-defendant charged with racketeering have yet to find release as part of their ongoing case in Brooklyn federal court. A judge overseeing their bail hearings decided that 54-year-old Capaldo, known by his nickname of “The Wig,” poses too great a danger to Staten Island residents should he be released.
The government alleges that Thomas Scorcia used his massive presence to intimidate and extort others, lending loanshark Thomas Scorcia money and warning that violence would be used to collect his gambling debt if payment wasn’t forthcoming.
The film also shows Capaldi struggling with his own demons. Carol, his mother, can be seen sobbing offscreen as she recites some of his most moving lyrics – “Before You Go”, which explores their sister’s suicide and provides closure.