Racketeering, murder, assault, auto theft, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, loan-sharking, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, construction management, contract killing, waste management, prostitution, robbery, mortgage fraud, money laundering, extortion, theft, skimming, bootlegging, bookmaking, conspiracy, cigarette smuggling, labor unions, truck hijacking and witness tampering The Di Meo crime family, later referred to as the Soprano crime family, is a fictional Mafia family from the HBO series The Sopranos.
It is thought to be loosely based on the De Cavalcante crime family, a real New Jersey Mafia family.
An assassination attempt on Tony was made, but Tony luckily escaped with just an injury to the ear, leaving one hitman dead when the other accidentally shoots him while aiming at Tony.
The years of Jackie's tenure as Boss (1995–1999) are generally considered to have been peaceful, prosperous years; Jackie was a well-respected and much beloved Boss who didn't "eat alone," much to the contentment of his Capos.
When Jackie Aprile was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1998, Tony Soprano, his closest friend and Junior's nephew, basically took over Jackie's responsibilities, again to Junior's displeasure.
Also, Tony's nephew, Christopher Moltisanti and his associate Brendan Filone, were hijacking trucks from Comley Trucking, a business that paid protection to Junior.
Junior's enforcer, Mikey Palmice, killed Brendan, and hired Russian hitmen to perform a mock execution on Christopher under Junior's orders.
Tony would also avoid a long stint in prison when he missed a failed hijacking involving his cousin, Tony Blundetto. ended up getting charged under the RICO law and spending 15 years in prison, while Tony would go on to become one of the top earners in the Di Meo Family.
At first, Tony said he was robbed by two black men, but he later admitted to Dr. that he had a panic attack after arguing with his mother and passed out, missing the hijack.
It was during the unrest of '83 that Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero, a cat burglar and associate in the Johnny Boy Soprano crew, "stepped up" (committed a murder) for Soprano.
Bonpensiero became a member of the Di Meo crime family soon after. Before his death, he requested that his son become the capo of the Soprano crew.
When Jackie Aprile died in the summer of 1999, and tensions between Junior and Tony were at an all-time high, it was assumed that the two would go to war over the top position.
Tony instead deferred to Junior, giving him the official title as Boss of the renamed Soprano crime family.
In 1990, longtime Capo Richie Aprile was sentenced to ten years in prison.