Convicted mobster, 97, gets house arrest
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla ” A 97-year-old mobster whose life of crime dates to the days of Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel was sentenced Friday to six months house arrest on federal racketeering charges.
Albert Facchiano, who was first arrested 75 years ago and is known as “The Old Man” and “Chinky,” was also sentenced to 18 months of probation. He pleaded guilty in February to racketeering conspiracy and witness tampering, which have maximum sentences of 30 years behind bars.
Prosecutors recommended under a plea agreement that Facchiano serve house arrest because of his age and numerous medical problems.
He was among six members of the Florida arm of New York’s Genovese crime family to plead guilty, including their acknowledged Mafia “capo” or captain, 73-year-old Renaldi Ruggiero. Ruggiero is appealing his 14-year prison sentence.
Facchiano’s first arrest was in 1932 and coincided with the rise to power of Luciano, whose organization later became the Genovese family.
Facchiano is an acknowledged “made member” of the crime family and his FBI rap sheet includes armed robbery, grand larceny, bookmaking and previous racketeering convictions.