12. Arrow Film and Video Co. (Arrow)

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
4

Louis "Butchie" Peraino, Joseph Peraino, Michael Balsamo, Vince DiStephano, and Arnie Himmelstein, New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California.

Information at a sentencing hearing on January 29, 1982, and the sentencing memorandum filed in this case revealed the following:

 

Joseph Peraino and Louis "Butchie" Peraino are nonmember associates of the LCN organized crime family in New York City.[1244] Louis "Butchie" Peraino, Joseph Peraino, and DeStefano are reputed to run Arrow Film and Video through the use of extortion and other strong arm tactics. DeStefano has claimed to represent the interests of several LCN family members in investments in pornographic films in Los Angeles and has claimed to have made "big money" for his New York City organized crime connections. The activities of Louis and Joseph Peraino in the pornography business were financed by the LCN organized crime family and Louis and Joseph Peraino contribute large sums of money from their business to that LCN family.

In September 1980, Steve Ramirez operated a video lab, where he transferred films onto video tape as well as duplicated and distributed video tape cassettes. Ramirez said he was duplicating copies of the film "Deep Throat". He was approached by Louis Peraino and Vincent DiStephano who threatened him with physical harm and informed him that he was duplicating the film "Deep Throat" without their authorization. As a result of these threats, Ramirez closed his business. A substantial part of his business involved duplicating the films "Deep Throat" and "Devil in Miss Jones" for Norman Arno (S & L Distributors, Los Angeles, California). Peraino came to Ramirez because Arno had told him that Ramirez was doing the duplication.

Notes

  1. See, New York Hearing, Vol. I, Christopher J. Mega, p. 161.