Renee Graziano’s father Anthony Graziano’s is consigliere the Bonanno crime family

Bravo flirted with reality mafia television with Real Housewives of New Jersey, including the tough-talkin’ family-oriented Caroline Manzo, and Danielle Staub, who had a dubious past and a BFF with racketeering charges, but VH1 is going for the real thing with Mob Wives.

The “queen bee” of this Real Housewives-style show is former wardrobe stylist Renee Graziano, who’s father Anthony “T.G.” Graziano is currently serving simultaneous sentences of 11 years for racketeering in Florida ( a telemarketing scheme called “Bulls and Bears Fund”that reportedly swindled $11.7 million from investors), and 9 years in New York for tax evasion, racketeering, and conspiracy to murder two members of the Colombo crime family. The feds believe that he is the consigliere of the Bonanno crime family (one of the Five Families that reportedly run the Cosa Nostra in the U.S.)

According to the book Five Families, Graziano, who was the “acting” consigliere before he got promoted to the full position, reportedly headed “a crew in Staten Island and Brooklyn that was a prolific distributor of cocaine,” ran a $500,000 loan shark business, and operated illegal Joker Poker videos.

In 2001 Graziano, who was in his early sixties, made a trip to Mexico to see his godfather, Joseph Massino. Known in the press as “The Last Don,” Massino was the boss of the Bonanno family, and it is believed by FBI agents that during this trip Massino appointed Graziano the consigliere position.

December 2001, Graziano was frisked by FBI agents when he left a Staten Island restaurant and they found and envelope full of $5000 worth of illegal pay-offs.

December 23, 2002, Graziano pleaded guilty to the New York tax evasion and racketeering charges, including conspiracy to murder the two Colombo men in 1994. When he wa

Father of Renne Graziano Mob Wives
Anthony “T.G.” Graziano

s sentenced in 2003 for the New York charge, his lawyer argued for leniency because he suffered from diabetes, and had gone through two bouts with bladder cancer.

According to the book: “T.G’s crew was notorious for its savagery, singeing victims with ciagerette lighters and dragging a slow-paying loan-shark client by a noose around his neck.”

From all the reports, it looks like Renee’s dad was in pretty heavy with organized crime. No matter what really happened, Renee is now making an effort to more away from the street lifestyle so her son can have a different life. According to her VH1 profile: “Renee sometimes longs for the good old days, but thanks to her  friends she is slowly starting to realize that this is not a life she  wants her son to lead. She struggles to balance her allegiance to the  street life with her hopes that her son will live a life free of it all.”

On Mob Wives, when Renee is asked about the mob, she coyly replied “What mob?” Renee goes on to say that she enjoyed receiving the perks and power that came from being Graziano’s daughter. She jokes about receiving gifts that her father said “came off the truck.” Renee says, “I was always like, ‘Wow Daddy! You were always right behind the truck when it fell off?'”

Renee’s personality on camera (and possibly off) is quite over-the-top dramatic. She especially went hysterical when her ex husband Hector “Junior” Pagan was involved in a a giant mob bust this Jnauary.

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  • Piper

    I,m liking this show and I don,t know why ? These woman live a very good lives and all the husbands or fathers are in prison .now I am wondering if they are profiting off of the monies from the illegal activities the husbands or fathers took from others b/c you know that is dirty $. No matter how you rationalize it..OH yeah Renee looks like a drag queen ,drita she is pretty.Karen is nice looking,the other dark haired girl is pretty….

    • Ginny

      If you remember, Drita sold alot of her jewelery to support her kids and made quite a bit off of it. Plus she also works. Carla works too. Renee and Karen I have no clue, but I’m pretty sure Karen makes money as the loosest lips in the east (haha)Can’t stand her. Being “in the life” I’m sure the latter two are benefitting off the families blood money. It’s sad. But what can you say?

  • Dawn Daniello

    I love this show but I really think Drita needs to drop the tough girl attitude and stop talking about putting girls in the hospital I think she is to sweet for that kind of talk.And a grt mother so act and speak like the lady you are.The other 3 dont do much for the show (Sorry but Drita makes the show)BTW I think your going to wait for Lee

  • Mk

    Grazino is in her thirties? My god she looks like a fifty year old she male.

  • Cookie G

    Hey from ARTHER AVE in the BRONX NY Yo These Women Or the Realest Females I have Seen For Quiet some time They Will FIGURE It Out Sooner or later U GO GIRLS!!!!!

  • katie

    I love all the girls..they are soldiers for still standing after so much pain…i do love drita the best tho…i hope she ends up happy and thats it!!

  • Erica

    I love the show!!!! These girls dont play ANY games!! To me Renee looks like she might have been a really pretty woman in her younger days…..not to say she’s ugly now,ijs. I’m interested in what they’ve been through and what their lives were like when the Mob was in its prime. Well I say “Go girls!!” it takes alot to put your life out there for everyone to see and judge.

  • suzieq

    Drita is a loon!!!Real? Try made for TV entertainment,sure some of it is true but again its a TV show!