Florida

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Four
Chapter: 
4
Anthony Peraino, mentioned earlier as being involved in the production and distribution of pornography in New York, is also involved in the same type of activity in Florida, where he resided until recently. He and his son Louis, aka William Perry, control the Gamecock Theater in Broward County, the corporation for which is American Films, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale. Also involved in the theater are Robert DeSalvo, Robert Bernstein, and Thomas Arnone. Peraino reportedly left Florida recently for Italy, where he is hiding. His operation has allegedly been taken over by Anthony Arnone of Los Angeles, who owns an unknown number of pornographic theaters in Florida.

Within the past three years, Ettore Zappi, LCN Gambino member, and his associates Natale Richichi and Robert Dibernardo employed coercion to take over a substantial part of the very lucrative "peep show" machine business in South Florida. This matter has been presented to the Miami Strike Force for prosecution under the Hobbs Act. Richichi was operating S.D. Art, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida until April 1976, when he returned to New Jersey. S.D. Art is owned by Ettore Zappi Michael Wisotsky took Richichi's place as operator of th, business. He is a member of the Wisotsky family which is active in retail pornography sales in the three major counties of South Florida. The group is headed by Myron Wisotsky who is Michael'., uncle. Michael is his principle associate in pornography. Myron's brother, Martin, is also active in the retail adult bookstore business in Dade County. The Wisotsky group is currently under investigation by the Miami FBI office for violation of the RICO statute.

Leonard Joseph Campagno, aka Lenny Camp, is presently believed to be the only 8mm film producer in Miami. He was convicted for felony conspiracy to promote obscene matter or performance and is currently serving an 18 month prison sentence. He had formerly photographed and produced both 8mm and 16mm films and sold the negatives to out of Florida pornographers who copied and distributed the materials. It is, anticipated that Campagno will resume this type of activity when he is released from prison.

William Haimowitz (previously mentioned as the LCN Gambino's West Coast representative) and his brother Samuel are regarded in the Miami area as significant pornography operators. Bot' brothers are also alleged to be working in Los Angeles for James Fratianno (LCN Los Angeles underboss) and John Dragon.

Benjamin Sigelbaum is a former banking official who has been known to set up Swiss bank accounts for organized crime figures. He also acts as an international courier of monies for organized rime figures. It is believed that he is the financial backer of Bernard Rose's pornographic enterprises. Rose owns the controlling interest in three X-rated movie theaters in Dade County which are leased to firms that actually operate them. He owns approximately 600 theaters in the United States. Rose is alleged to front investments for Meyer Lansky in Esquire Theaters. Benjamin Sigelbaum is also an associate of Meyer Lansky.

Leroy Griffin, a former Meyer Lansky man, is alleged to be the adult movie king in Miami. He owns and operates several adult theaters the Roxy theater, Pussycat Theater, Paramount Theater, and the Gaiety Theater, all in Dade County. It was recently reported that he is now leasing the 79th Street Theater and the King-Rex Theater from Bernard Rose.