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Daily Archives: July 3rd, 2010

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jeffrey H. Sloman speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 in Miami. The FBI arrested a reputed U.S. mobster Wednesday on charges he provided protection for a Sicilian counterpart operating in Florida, part of an international sweep aimed at further crippling the storied Gambino organized crime family

An Italian man charged in an FBI sting pleaded guilty Friday to a money-laundering charge in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

In a plea agreement, Antonio Tricamo, 37, of Miami, was charged with one offense, while prosecutors dropped 10 other counts, his Fort Lauderdale attorney Alvin Entin said.

At his Oct. 22 sentencing, Tricamo faces up to 20 years in prison.

Tricamo was a friend of reputed Italian Mafia figure Roberto Settineri, a U.S. citizen who was the target of a separate FBI sting involving an alleged plot to shred financial records from Scott Rothstein’s investment scam.

Tricamo, who prosecutors say once worked as a cook in a Gambino crime family restaurant in New York, was arrested in March on charges of laundering $1 million in drug proceeds, trafficking in 250,000 contraband cigarettes and marriage fraud involving a Cuban woman.

Tricamo hung out with Settineri in Miami Beach, where Settineri came to know Rothstein, the Fort Lauderdale lawyer.

Settineri, 41, who was arrested in Miami at the same time as Tricamo, was charged in a separate conspiracy indictment along with two security guards, Enrique Ros, 33, of Pembroke Pines, and David Dromerhauser, 39, of Miami. The indictment said they agreed to destroy purported financial records for Rothstein and launder money from his $1.2 billion investment racket. Rothstein, 48, who played an undercover role in the sting, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Settineri, who prosecutors say also had ties to the Gambino crime family, is fighting the charges.

Ros and Dromerhauser pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.