ABOVE RIGHT – Thomas Manzo
BELOW – John Perna 

Lucchese crime family
Founded 1920s
Founder Tommy Gagliano
Named after Tommy Lucchese
Founding location New York City, New York, United States
Years active 1920s–present
Territory Primarily New York City, with additional territory in New JerseySouth Florida and Las Vegas
Ethnicity Italians as “made men” and other ethnicities as associates
Membership (est.) 90–100 made members and 1,000+ associates (2004)[1]
Activities Racketeering, robbery, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, truck hijacking, bribery, loan sharking, fraud, assault, fencing, money laundering, extortion, murder, arms trafficking, and theft
Allies Bonanno crime family
Colombo crime family
Gambino crime family
Genovese crime family
Buffalo crime family
Chicago Outfit
DeCavalcante crime family
Velentzas crime family
Rivals Various gangs in New York City including their allies
Notable members List of members

 

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All is fair in love and war, but if one gets involved in either, prepare for things to get messy and end in disaster. As it did for Lucchese Mafia family mobster John Perna when he got involved in the love affairs of a friend of his. 44-year-old Perna was sentenced Thursday to 30 months behind bars for his role in the heartbreaking story, which included the husband of one of the former stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”.

Perna, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, heard his sentence via videoconference. He previously pleaded guilty the same digital way to Count One of an indictment charging him with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity. The man tying him to the crime is 56-year-old Thomas Manzo (photo above, with his ex), of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and one of Perna’s codefendants.

A beating for a wedding discount

Manzo is one of the owners of the Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey, and the ex-husband of one of the stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”. In the spring of 2015, he hired Perna (right) to assault his ex-wife’s new boyfriend (currently her husband) in exchange for a deeply discounted wedding reception to be held at Manzo’s upscale Passaic County venue.

Rather than realize that Manzo was making an outlandish request that wasn’t worth the possible troubles, Perna planned and carried out the assault on July 18, 2015, with the help of a member of his Lucchese family crew. Perna was armed with a “slapjack” during the assault.

After a job well done, Perna held a lavish wedding reception at Manzo’s restaurant a month later for a fraction of the price he would otherwise have paid. The reception was attended by over 330 guests, many of whom were members of the Lucchese crime family.

In addition to the prison term, Perna was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $17,816 in restitution.

USA DOJ ANNOUNCEMENT: Lucchese Crime Family Member Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Aggravated Assault

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A member of the Lucchese Crime Family was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for planning and carrying out an aggravated assault on the husband of one of the former stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

John Perna, 44, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to Count One of an indictment charging him with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity. Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today by videoconference. The indictment also charges Thomas Manzo, 56, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

According to documents filed in his case and his statements made in court:

In the spring of 2015, Manzo, one of the owners of the Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey, and the ex-husband of the Bravo star, hired Perna to assault his ex-wife’s new boyfriend (now husband) in exchange for a deeply discounted wedding reception to be held at Manzo’s upscale Passaic County venue. Perna, who is a member of the Lucchese Crime Family, planned and carried out the assault on July 18, 2015, with the help of a member of his crew. Perna was armed with a “slapjack” during the assault. In exchange for committing the assault, Perna held a lavish wedding reception at Manzo’s restaurant a month later for a fraction of the price he would otherwise have paid. The reception was attended by over 330 guests, many of whom were members of the Lucchese Crime Family.

In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced Perna to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $17,816 in restitution.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O’Malley and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kendall Randolph of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations in the indictment remaining against Manzo are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.