Reputed Colombo mobster takes plea deal in racketeering case


A reputed organized-crime family capo took a plea deal Monday in a racketeering case that netted nearly a dozen other accused Colombo mobsters and associates.

Joseph Amato, 62, pleaded guilty to racketeering and stalking in Brooklyn federal court Monday morning — admitting to shaking down businesses and tracking his girlfriend with a GPS device on her car. He is expected to be sentenced to five to seven years as part of the deal.

“I participated in at least two overt acts,” Amato said via videoconference.

Amato admitted that he took partial control of the Staten Island business through extortion and took property from another through threats of force.

He also admitted to regularly removing a GPS device from his girlfriend’s car to charge it and replanting the tracker on her car Jan. 1, 2015, and Oct. 21, 2016, and repeatedly telling her he knew her location.

“I knew it would reasonable and emotion distress to her,” he said.

Amato’s extraordinary efforts to track his girlfriend’s movements actually led the feds to bust 20 people, including 11 alleged members and associates of the mob family — including his son, Joseph Amato Jr., on charges including racketeering, loansharking and extortion.

The girlfriend apparently found the gadget, and it wound up on an MTA bus, “likely to thwart Amato’s stalking efforts,” court papers said — where it was found by a mechanic.

The feds then started wiretapping the family and allegedly uncovered a range of criminal activities from their pals — including an attempt to fix an NCAA basketball game.

Joseph Amato Jr. is also expected to appear in federal court Monday afternoon.

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