ATLANTA (AP) - A reputed captain of the Gambino crime family's South Florida operations who prosecutors say is linked to the infamous hit that led to John Gotti's rise to power is asking a federal appeals court to overturn his nine-year prison sentence for real estate fraud.
Vincent Artuso's attorneys asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to reverse his conviction because prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to convict him of fraud and racketeering charges involving a lengthy scam that cost ADT Security Services Inc. at least $11 million.
Federal prosecutors counter that video recordings, court testimony and audio tapes had more than enough evidence to prove Artuso was involved in the scheme.
Prosecutors said Artuso was a "made member" of the Gambino family and directed a Palm Beach-based Mafia crew.
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