2017-02-01 / Front Page

Corona Mob Mom Delivers Guilty Plea

By Liz Goff
The matriarch of a coke running Corona family admitted in Brooklyn federal court on January 23 to smuggling the drugs through the family’s pizzeria.

Eleonora Gigliotti, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to import cocaine As part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors, Gigliotti faces up to 17-years in prison and agreed to pay a $1,625 million forfeiture judgment.

Her decision to plead guilty comes just months after her husband, Gregorio, and son, Angelo were found guilty of smuggling 55 kilograms of cocaine from Costa Rica to a family-owned business in the U.S., in shipments of yucca. Gregorio faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and Angelo faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison when sentenced later this year.

Federal Judge Raymond Dearie ordered Eleonora Giogliotti to undergo psychiatric testing in April, after her attorneys said she believed she was being poisoned in prison, and had started spitting on prison guards.

Prosecutors said the Gigliotti’s owned several businesses tied to drug trafficking, including Cucin a Modo on 108th Street, in the middle of the “Little Italy” section of Corona.

Prosecutors also alleged the Gregorios are associates of an organized crime family in Italy and Gregorio is an associate of Genovese capo Anthony (Tough Tony) Federici, owner of the Park Side Restaurant, located in the same section of Corona.

Prosecutors said, in all, the family smuggled more than $1 million worth of drugs in two shipments of yucca.

The family agreed to forfeit property seized by federal agent at the time of their arrest, including seven handguns, ammunition, brass knuckles, an automated money counter, $124,874 in cash and the books from their illegal business transactions – all of which were stored in the basement of the pizzeria.


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