Domenico Cutaia has been identified by knowledgeable law enforcement authorities as an active member of the Luchese Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra. In 1995, Mr. Cutaia was indicted for extortion, loan sharking, and racketeering. In that indictment, Mr. Cutaia is identified as a "Capo" in the Luchese Organized Crime Family. In addition, the indictment states that Mr. Cutaia "sat on a panel consisting of three members of the Luchese Family that administered the affairs of the Luchese Family and carried out the instructions of the Boss of the Luchese Family." In 1996, Cutaia pled guilty to making extortionate extensions of credit. He was sentenced to thirty (30) months in prison. In 2002, Mr. Cutaia was indicted in United States District Court for Conspiracy to Collect Extensions of Credit by Extortionate Means. Specifically, the indictment states that Mr. Cutaia, "through his membership in the Luchese Organized Crime Family, conspired with others to use extortionate means to collect interest payments on loans to numerous victims." In 2002, Mr. Cutaia pled guilty to Conspiracy to Collect Extensions of Credit by Extortionate Means and was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised probation upon his release. Mr. Cutaia was released from prison in or about August 2005.