By BRUCE GOLDING
Last Updated: 12:30 PM, April 6, 2013
Posted: 1:26 AM, April 6, 2013
A reputed Gambino crime-family associate was charged yesterday with taking part in the last rubout believed ordered by the late mob boss John Gotti.
Ex-con Daniel Fama, 48, was allegedly part of the hit team that gunned down demolition contractor Edward Garofalo in August 1990 outside his home in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
Fama‚Äôs murder indictment says Garofalo, known as ‚ÄúEddie the Chink,‚ÄĚ was killed to keep him from cooperating with authorities.
The Manhattan federal court filing also says that the slaying was orchestrated by Gotti henchman Salvatore ‚ÄúSammy Bull‚ÄĚ Gravano, who infamously turned rat and helped convict the ‚ÄúDapper Don,‚ÄĚ who later died in prison.
The feds wouldn‚Äôt reveal what new evidence prompted Fama‚Äôs indictment more than two decades after the fact.
But Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara noted, ‚ÄúAny attack against someone working with, or suspected of working with, law enforcement will be strongly answered, and no matter how long it takes we will bring alleged criminals to justice.‚ÄĚ
Fama, who was busted Thursday evening, sported a clean-shaven head, a blue, V-neck Lacoste T-shirt and jeans during his arraignment yesterday.
He pleaded not guilty in a gravelly voice and agreed to remain in jail pending a bail application. He spent nearly 15 years in the slammer for racketeering before being sprung in 2009.
Defense lawyer Fred Sosinksy said Fama ‚Äúturned his life around‚ÄĚ after his prison stretch and is now part-owner of a quarry company.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been working hard,‚ÄĚ Sosinksy said.
In 2011, Fama‚Äôs late mom, Barbara, appeared on the first season of the ‚ÄúI Married a Mobster‚ÄĚ TV series, recounting how her husband, Gambino associate Joe Fama, started dealing heroin to pay off $1 million in gambling losses.
He then used drug money to treat his family to a lavish lifestyle ‚Äúbeyond anything I could have imagined,‚ÄĚ she said.
But the couple was busted ‚ÄĒ along with four of their kids ‚ÄĒ when the feds raided their home in 1984, seizing 13 pounds of heroin, 2 1/2 pounds of cocaine, almost 100 pounds of pot and more than $3.4 million in cash.
Barbara was convicted of various crimes and imprisoned until 1992. She died last year.