Alleged Mafia associate arrested on honeymoon

October 9, 2009 1:12:06 PM PDT
An alleged Mafia associate was arrested on racketeering charges while on his honeymoon in Honolulu. Vito Pipitone, 27, is in custody awaiting a federal judge's decision on whether he may return to New York on $50,000 bail or be extradited.

A grand jury returned a 33-count indictment last month charging 15 members and associates of the Bonanno organized crime family. It accuses them of various racketeering charges, including extortion, bank fraud, narcotics trafficking and assault.

Pipitone turned himself in Wednesday after learning his brother and others had been arrested.

Authorities say Pipitone, his brother and three others stabbed and beat two men in October 2004 whom they believed had broken windows of a protected restaurant in Queens.

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