The ‘Albanian Gangster’ actor hired Genoese gangsters to collect debts

A Queens bookie who once starred in a movie called Albanian Gangster has been arrested along with two alleged Genoese crime family gangsters whom he allegedly recruited to collect debts, federal prosecutors and sources said Tuesday.

The trio, including an 84-year-old suspected Genovese capo, were charged Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn with racketeering charges against an Italian restaurant owner, according to an indictment against them and a prosecution source.

The suspects — movie star wannabe Luan Bexheti, 49, respected soldier Joseph Celso, also 49, and octogenarian and longtime sage Anthony “Rom” Romanello — each face three counts of racketeering and obstruction of justice, according to the indictment against them.

Anthony Romanetto leaves federal court in Brooklyn
Anthony Romanello is facing three federal charges of racketeering and obstruction of justice.
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The case stems from a gambling debt a restaurant owner racked up at Bexheti in 2017 when the actor, who has appeared in more than 40 indie films, worked part-time as a bookie, a law enforcement source said.

Bexheti, an apparent Genoese collaborator of Albanian descent, allegedly recruited Celso and Romanello to raise money, the source said.

Romanello – who was acquitted of racketeering a decade ago in a Brooklyn federal court – allegedly slapped the restaurateur in the face to convince him to pay, the law enforcement source said.

The other accused mafioso, Celso, was implicated in the 1991 killing of Manuel Mayi, a 19-year-old student at Dominican Queens College.

Joseph Celso exits federal court in Brooklyn
Alleged mob soldier Joseph Celso was also charged with extortion.
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The teenager was chased for 16 blocks and beaten to death by a mob of nearly a dozen people who allegedly saw him spraying graffiti in Corona.

Celso was the only person charged with the murder but was acquitted in court in 1993 after the key witness in the case left the country, The Post reported at the time.

All three suspects are expected to appear in court later Tuesday to face charges related to the new raps. The ‘Albanian Gangster’ actor hired Genoese gangsters to collect debts


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