Retired NYPD cop, Michael Rizzi
|A former NYPD officer who married into the mob is expected to plead guilty to money laundering charges in connection with a million dollar prostitution operation he allegedly ran.|
Michael Rizzi, an officer from 1992 to 2000, is slated to appear in Brooklyn Federal Court Wednesday afternoon to admit to profiting from roughly two dozen prostitution businesses for the last four years, including dozens of round-the-clock online operations that provided door-to-door service of women to johns. If convicted, he could face between 2 and 4 years behind bars.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that it had taken steps to “restrain” Rizzi's websites.
|Rizzi is married to Jill Juliano, the daughter of Gambino crime family soldier Richard Juliano, whose older brother is Joseph (Sonny) Juliano, a powerful Brooklyn-based captain in that Mafia family overseeing their waterfront operations.|
Authorities had alleged that Rizzi’s operation replaced the shuttered Pure Platinum Models, a Manhattan-based online prostitution site taken down by law enforcement years ago. His Staten Island-based business went under the name MJM/Manhattan Stakes and Entertainment, or BJM. Some of its customers spent as much as $100,000 each, with one spending $25,000 for a single night.
Francesco Paolo Augusto Calì is the boss of the Gambino crime family.