Another relative of late mobster John Gotti finds himself in trouble with the law in Queens.
Police picked up Carmine Agnello, 32, of Old Westbury, Long Island, on charges that he allegedly operated his Jamaica auto junkyard without a proper license. Agnello, along with his mother, Victoria Gotti (daughter of the late “Teflon Don“), and two brothers gained national notoriety on the reality television show “Growing Up Gotti,” as the New York Post reported.
He’s not the first Gotti grandson to be pinched for illegal activity in the “World’s Borough.” John J. Gotti of Howard Beach was previously convicted of pushing pills in Ozone Park and Howard Beach, and was sentenced earlier this year to federal prison time for participating in mob-connected arson and bank robbery cases.
Members of the NYPD Auto Crime Division executed a search warrant of Agnello’s scrapyard, LSM Auto Parts and Recycling located at 155-11 Liberty Ave., at about 10 a.m. on July 18 and seized numerous business records, along with Agnello.
According to the criminal complaint provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the NYPD Auto Crimes Unit and the DMV learned that LSM Auto Parts and Recycling lacked valid registration to operate as a vehicle dismantler.
On June 4, authorities said, DMV investigators learned that Agnello had submitted an application for LSM Auto Parts and Recycling for registration to dismantle and scrap vehicles. The application, however, was withdrawn on June 26.
The criminal complaint noted that LSM Auto Parts and Recycling did not have a valid vehicle dismantler registration in visits that investigators made between May 18 and July 18 of this year. Even so, investigators observed the business running normally; business records indicated that 400 vehicles had been scrapped at the location between Feb. 14 and April 5 of this year.
During questioning, authorities said, Agnello allegedly stated that he knew that the business was unregistered, and that his tow trucks had been regularly bringing in vehicles to be dismantled.
Agnello was arraigned on July 19 in Queens Criminal Court on charges of falsifying business records and violations of DMV regulations concerning the dismantling and disposal of junk or salvage vehicles. He was released without bail, but must return to court on Sept. 25.