(born 1961) is a member of the New York Gambino crime family
who was involved in an Internet
scam that cost consumers $750 million. It was the largest consumer fraud
case in American history.
Martino and Gambino capo Salvatore LoCascio
created what appeared to be just a pornography website
. Like many such sites, visitors could tour it for free by providing credit card
numbers to confirm they were adults. However, Martino and LoCascio then charged the visitors an unauthorized monthly website subscription. In a different scam, Martino and Locascio created a "cramming
" scheme that sent bills to customer phone companies for unwanted services.
After many consumer complaints, the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) began to investigate both scams. Martino and LoCascio were eventually charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud
, wire fraud
, and money laundering
. Martino plead guilty to the charges.
On January 6, 2006, Martino was sentenced to five years in prison and a $4.6 million fine. As of July 2011, Martino is incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center
in Brooklyn, New York
. His projected release date is August 2, 2014.