Michael Franzese (born May 27, 1951) is a former New York mobster and captain of the Colombo crime family who was heavily involved in the gasoline tax rackets in the 1980s. Since then, he has publicly renounced organized crime, created a foundation for helping youth, and became a motivational speaker.
Murder. Betrayal. Time behind bars. And now a gangsta living for the glory of God? Come to Liquid Church and hear the incredible story of Michael Franzese - a former Mob Boss for the Colombo crime family and learn how this "Goodfella" became a "Godfella" and now a man with a mission.
Michael Franzese RAT A captain in the Colombo family. In 1986, he pleaded guilty to racketeering and tax fraud in connection with a massive organized crime scheme to sell gasoline in the New York metropolitan area without paying the required taxes. Franzese was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released after agreeing to testify in cases against alleged Mob members. In 1991, he was sent back to prison for violating his probation.