October 24, 2019 — Former Springfield (MA) mob affiliates and local businessmen Jimmy Santaniello and Victor Bruno had their homes and offices raided by the IRS and FBI this week. The news broke Wednesday on MassLive, reported by the region’s resident mobologist Stephanie Barry.

“I’ve got nothing to hide, they can take what they want,” Bruno told Barry.

The owner of a vast real estate and business portfolio highlighted by the Western Mass. staple Mardi Gras strip club, Santaniello is the nephew of Springfield mob elder statesman Mario Fiore. He’s admitted to paying a mafia street tax for decades and is known to have given information to the government connected to the shakedowns for pair of New York mob prosecutions. Santaniello, 69, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor gambling counts in 1989 related to a mobbed-up bookmaking ring being run out of the Mardi Gras.

The 48-year old Bruno owns Adolfo’s Ristorante, a restaurant named after his dad, slain Springfield mob boss Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno, and was a previous target of an unsuccessful IRS-FBI probe into his affairs almost 20 years ago. Today, he lives in Connecticut and commutes for his work at the restaurant. A framed photo of a smiling Big Al greets patrons as they walk in the front door of Adolfo’s, opened in 2009 and famous for their delicious veal chop.

Big Al Bruno, 57, was shot to death in the parking lot of his Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Club headquarters on the night of November 24, 2003, the result of an internal power play orchestrated by his own crew and sanctioned by New York’s Genovese crime family. Bruno was a larger than life personality and had made headlines in Springfield for years, earning a reputation as a likable, camera-friendly mafia chief.

Santanielllo was forking over $1,500 a week to Big Al Bruno for protection at the time of his murder, per court records. Bruno and Santaniello were partnered in a number of real estate deals, according to federal documents. The Springfield mob crew has always been the Genovese family’s Western Massachusetts arm.

Barry is reporting the raid is tied to an FBI undercover sting using agents posing as Russian financiers. Big Al Bruno’s killers were all convicted and sent to prison in the past 10 years.

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