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Daily Archives: April 1st, 2010

West Shore plaza home of DMV, where Russell Carlucci made the mistake of applying for a driver's license last month.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Freedom was fleeting for a Mafia associate recently paroled on racketeering charges after, authorities say, he spent the first day of his release trying to get a driver’s license when he already had one under another name.

Russell Carlucci, 36, of the 300 block of Sleight Avenue in Tottenville, went to the state Department of Motor Vehicles office in Travis on March 12 and applied for the document, court papers allege.

Further investigation determined that he already had a license under the name “Russell Curiucci,” which had been revoked in 1995, court papers allege. That name also appears as his alias in federal court documents.

Yesterday, when police confronted him with the picture on that older license, he confirmed that the photo was his, court papers allege.

In 2000, Carlucci was convicted of charges of racketeering and use of a firearm in a violent crime in connection with the 1995 killing of Joseph Schiro Scarpa, formerly of Meiers Corners, the adopted son of Colombo crime family capo Gregory Scarpa Sr. The senior Scarpa died of AIDS in prison in 1994.

Carlucci was part of a four-man crew, including his brother, Ronald (Joe) Carlucci, and brothers Vincent Rizzuto Jr. and Joseph Rizzuto, tied to both the Gambino and Lucchese crime families, according to federal authorities.

The quarter was accused of engaging in illicit business dealings with the younger Scarpa.

Scarpa Jr. was targeted after reportedly ripping off a drug dealer for $70,000 worth of cash and drugs. Vincent Rizzuto purportedly was acquainted with the dealer.

Scarpa was ambushed March 20, 1995 — shot twice in the head while sitting in a car on Brown Street in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn.

Carlucci was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison.

Now he’s charged with a single count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, according to William J. Smith, a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan.

Carlucci is expected to be arraigned today in Stapleton Criminal Court