Leonard "Lenny" DiMaria
(born 1941), also known as "Fatso" and "the Conductor", is a New York mobster and Caporegime
in the Gambino crime family
. He is considered by law enforcement to be a close associate of alleged Gambino Boss Nicholas "Little Nick" Corozzo
and has served as his right-hand-man for over 30 years.
DiMaria was born to first generation immigrants form Moliterno
. Before pursuing his life of crime, he worked as a railroad conductor
for the Long Island Rail Road
and employee of the New York and Atlantic Railway
). These early jobs earned him the nickname "The Conductor". In the early 1980s, DiMaria became a soldier in the Gambino family. DiMaria operated loansharking
operations in both Queens and Brooklyn
in his early days. DiMaria soon became a close associate of Nicholas Corozzo.
In 1985, DiMaria, Corozzo, John Gotti, and other Gambino gangsters were indicted on racketeering charges in New York. During the trial, as each witness passed the defense table after testifying, DiMaria would stand, smile, extend his right hand, and say: "Gee, thanks for coming." In 1987, the defendants were acquitted.
After the Gotti was sent to prison in 1991, DiMaria was promoted to caporegime of a crew in Queens
. In 1994, his fellow captain and associate Nick Corozzo became a member of the Gambino... Read More