Twelve alleged members and associates of the Gambino crime family were charged in a federal court in Brooklyn Dec. 5 on charges of racketeering conspiracy, bribery, loan sharking, fraud and obstruction of justice. Two of the defendants charged include Yonkers resident Andrew Campos — an alleged captain in the Gambino organized crime family and Edgemont resident John “Smiley” Simonlacaj — the managing director of development for a construction company who allegedly took bribes and kickbacks from Campos and other Gambino associates for assistance in awarding contracts to Campos’ construction company from June 2018 to June 2019, according to court documents.
Prosecutors alleged that Campos, 50, and his associates used bribery, fraud and extortion schemes to infiltrate the construction industry through his construction company CWC Contracting Corp.
CWC allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to Simonlacaj, 50, and other employees at their construction company for assisting in awarding contracts to CWC, approving CWC change orders and securing payments to CWC. According to court documents, CWC bribed Simonlacaj with free labor and materials used for renovations on his Fort Hill Road residence.
Prosecutors alleged that Campos, Simonlacaj and other Gambino associates knowingly and intentionally conspired to devise a scheme to defraud the construction company Simonlacaj worked at. According to court documents, Simonlacaj submitted a false Form 1040 for the 2018 tax year and that his income was “substantially greater” than the $533,915 he reported.
In 2005, Campos — who lives in a Yonkers neighborhood within Scarsdale’s zip code — was convicted with associate Richard Martino for their role in a massive scheme to defraud users of adult entertainment services. Martino was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay $9.1 million in forfeiture.
Court filings also alleged that Campos and Briarcliff resident Vincent Fiore used violent threats to collect at least $100,000 from a victim.
Prosecutors alleged that Campos directed the firing of a CWC worker believed to have testified before the grand jury.
According to news reports, Simonlacaj pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges of wire fraud conspiracy and tax fraud and was released on $250,000 bail.