A grandson of mobster John J. Gotti who lives in Old Westbury was arrested Wednesday for allegedly running an illegal auto recycling yard in Queens, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Carmine Agnello, 32, of Birch Hill Court in Old Westbury, was charged with vehicle dismantling for scrap without being registered under New York law, which is a felony, a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said, as well as falsifying business records.
The former “Growing up Gotti” star was released on his own recognizance the same day.
According to the complaint filed in Queens Criminal Court, investigators said they witnessed stacks of crushed and unlicensed vehicles at LSM Auto Parts and Recycling at 155-11 Liberty Ave. in Queens from January 2017 through this week.
Investigators also said they saw a construction crane used to move and crush a number of vehicles without license plates, according to the complaint.
New York police said they found records at the auto shop on Wednesday that indicated vehicles had been dismantled without the proper registration and licensure since December 2016.
According to the complaint, Agnello’s business “scrapped approximately 400 vehicles during the period of Feb. 14, 2018, and April 5, 2018.”
Agnello appeared on the now-canceled reality show from 2004 through 2005 along with his family members, including his father Carmine Agnello Sr., who was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for racketeering and tax evasion in 2001.
Gotti, Agnello’s grandfather, was convicted in 1992 for five murders, conspiracy to murder, tax evasion, bribery, loansharking, illegal gambling and obstruction of justice. He later died in prison in 2002 of throat cancer.
Attempts to reach attorney Scott Leemon were unavailing.