|Ten people connected to the Luccese crime family are accused of running a lucrative loan-sharking and gambling operation. The long-term investigation, dubbed "Operation The Vig Is Up," into the crime family's activities is the largest such operation ever investigated by the state attorney general.|
|Loan-sharking victims were required to make weekly, high interest “vig” payments, either by directly paying individual defendants or by dropping off cash payments at two New Rochelle businesses.|
Investigators utilized wiretaps, covert surveillance cameras, a car bug, undercover police officers and hidden cameras.
|Lucchese crime family boss Matthew Madonna (left) and his second-in-command Steven Crea Sr.|