Genovese crime family sage who convicted Bronx pol pleads guilty to racketeering

A mobster whose relationship with disgraced Bronx County Clerk Luis Diaz led to the cop’s conviction earlier this year pleaded guilty Thursday in Manhattan federal court to an unrelated racketeering conspiracy.

Genovese associate Thomas Poli admitted to Judge John Koeltl that he threatened people who failed to pay their gambling debts as part of a Bronx-based accounting operation run by the crime family.

“I just yelled at people and threatened them,” the wise man told the judge.

Poli, who had previously been convicted and sentenced in 2019 on a separate criminal charge, enlisted the help of Diaz – a former state deputy – in his attempt to prove that he had met the conditions of his plea in this case.

He asked Diaz, who had close ties to the Bronx Democratic Party establishment, to submit a letter to the court falsely claiming he had volunteered for a now-defunct homeless service provider .

Diaz, 69, pleaded guilty in July to defrauding Bronx state court by telling a judge that Poli had fulfilled a community service obligation in exchange for money.

Thomas Poli admitted to threatening people who did not pay their gambling debts.
Gabriella Bass

Poli was arrested in August along with five other Genovese mobsters – including his own son and two caporegimes – for the scheme, which included extortion and illegal gambling, according to the indictment against them.

If the case goes to trial, prosecutors will show that Poli’s son, Michael, ran the illegal gambling operation and used his father to collect debts, Assistant U.S. Attorney Celia Cohen told the hearing. plea on Thursday.

Poli, who was represented by attorney John Meringolo, told the judge that on one occasion he traveled to Pennsylvania to threaten someone who had not paid their debt to the operation.

Diaz was suspended in October 2020 from his $200,000-a-year job as county clerk amid a corruption investigation by Attorney General Letitia James.

Thomas Poli
Poli had previously been convicted and sentenced in 2019 on a separate criminal charge.
Gabriella Bass

The disgraced polite pleaded guilty to one count of offering a fake instrument and is now banned from holding public office in New York. He was also sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service.

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