CLEVELAND– Carmine Agnello, of the Gambino crime family, appeared in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Friday morning for a bond hearing. Agnello is the former son-in-law of the late John Gotti.
The judge set Agnello’s bond at $100,000, a compromise since his attorneys argue he hasn’t been charged. He was released just before 5 p.m. Friday.
He was originally put on house arrest, but attorneys argued that he needed to visit his brother, who is hospitalized, and takes care of his mother. The judge, instead, placed him on GPS monitoring.
Agnello was arrested Wednesday, charged with theft, money laundering, conspiracy and corrupting sports. Police said he specializes in illegal scrap metal rings.
The arrest followed an 18-month investigation.
Detectives had noticed a spike in car thefts in part of the city, and most of the cars were never recovered. That prompted Operation Goodfella, a long-term investigation into a scrap yard at East 116th Street and Harvard Avenue.
Agnello is accused of defrauding a victim of $3 million by weighing down cars with dirt when they were weighed at his scrap facility. He’s also accused of illegally drugging race horses, and more charges are pending.
On Friday, prosecutors presented new allegations, saying Agnello drained oil from scrapped cars and dumped it into the Cleveland sewer system.