Both Anthony Graziano and Hector Pagan, father and ex-husband of Renee Graziano, were arrested last week on separate charges. We felt it was insensitive to blog about the stories at the time, out of respect for the families and the Thanksgiving holiday. However several blogs and newspapers have been writing about the details of both stories and we want our readers to also have the facts, as they have been reported.
Anthony Graziano had been released from prison to a halfway house in the summer, and then to home confinement weeks ago. While out of prison, he allegedly tried to collect on an old loansharking debt. Federal prosecutors obtained evidence about the alleged extortion crime through wiretapping and a government informant. The taped transcript of the conversations were in the arrest warrant. The debt itself reportedly goes back to 2005. According to tape conversations, Mr. Graziano allegedly said he was willing to settle for $25,000 of the $150,000 owed to him. Mr. Graziano’s attorney is prepared to fight the new alleged charges in 2012, after his client has finished serving out the rest of his sentence.
The allegations against Hector Pagan are based on information received from two members of a five man crew who have since become co-operating witnesses. Hector Pagan was allegedly part of a five man crew that reportedly robbed a weekly card game which was allegedly sponsored by the Bonnano crime family, in the summer of 2009. The card game was allegedly held at an illegal gambling club. The crew reportedly walked away with a disappointingly small amount of money, five thousand dollars.
Whether the Mob Wives will deal with either of these arrests on the show remains to be seen. I’m sure this has been a disappointing turn of events for the Graziano family. It only reinforces what they have always said on the show about the lifestyle, that it isn’t easy being a mob wife or mob daughter.