The Altieri crew was one of the eight crews of the DiMeo crime family. Founded in about 1980 by James 'Little Jimmy' Altieri, the Altieri crew was known for running the family's prostitutional organisations. The crew eventually went defunct in 2007, when the Carlo Gervasi (the Capo at the time) joined the Witness Protection Program. The rest of the crew was hence transferred to the Soprano crew.
Foundation and Little Jimmy's reign (circa.1980-1999)
The crew was founded in the early 80s by James 'Little Jimmy' Altieri. The Boss (Ercoli 'Old Man Eckley' DiMeo) saw Jimmy as a rising star in the family, hence why he gave him his own crew. Jimmy did well as a Capo, despite being one of the youngest members of the mob. He was taken seriously at important meetings, as well as producing a large percentage of the total earnings the crews cumulated. In general, the Altieri crew didn't suffer many loses (though there were only three members in total) with the exception of Soldier Anthony 'Tony B' Blundetto; in 1987, Tony B attempted to hijack some trucks. The attempt failed, and Tony B was given a 17 year sentence. The Altieri crew coped without him though, and suffered no other consequences until over a decade later, in 1999. Jimmy was arrested for weapons possession and was supposed to have been in jail for several weeks. He was let out the day after he was arrested, however, and other Capos (Anthony 'Tony' Soprano and Lorenzo 'Larry Boy' Barese) noticed that he was acting strangely, endlessly questioning them about business and specific 'illegal' deals that had been made recently. Tony suspected him of being an FBI informant and, with the consent of the Boss Corrado 'Uncle Junior' Soprano, decided to have him murdered. Jimmy was tricked into a brothel party by Soprano crew Associate Christopher 'Chrissy' Moltisanti and Soldier Silvio 'Sil' Dante, were he was shot in the back of the head by Sil and, with a rat stuffed in his mouth, dumped in a garbage skip nearby.
Carlo Gervasi (1999-2007)
After Jimmy's assassination, Carlo Gervasi was promoted to Capo of the crew. Carlo was never seen as a particularly good Capo, though he liked my the other mobsters. In all fairness, he was the only member of the crew up until 2006 (Tony B had been released from jail in 2004, though, due to the murder of his good friend and Lupertazzi crime family Consigliere Angelo Graepe by the Leotardo brothers, Tony B had murdered William 'Billy' Leotardo in revenge - Tony S subsequently killed his cousin Tony B with a shotgun blast to the head, to save him from experiencing a torturous, bloody death from Philip 'Phil' Leotardo). In 2006, Carlo received Terence 'Terry' Doria, a loyal Associate, who was evidently a good earner, as well as being big on muscles, meaning he was good with any physical work. In 2007, Carlo gained two more Associates - Walden Belfiore and his own son, Jason Gervasi, who dealt drugs and brought in a large percentage of money for the crew. Jason was arrested though, and given a long sentence. During the War of 2007, in which the DiMeo crime family went into hiding, Carlo went missing. Several days later, Tony found out he had flipped for the FBI, and was going to testify against Tony (this flip was undoubtedly due to his son's arrest). With Carlo working with the FBI and there not being enough remaining members to function properly as a crew, they were transferred to the Gualtieri Crew.
List of members of the Altieri crew:
James 'Little Jimmy' Altieri - Capo (circa.1980-1999), murdered by Christopher 'Chrissy' Moltisanti and Silvio 'Sil' Dante on orders from Anthony 'Tony' Soprano and Corrado 'Uncle Junior' Soprano, for being an FBI informant.
Carlo Gervasi - Soldier (circa.1980-1999), Capo (1999-2007), became an FBI informant, joined the Witness Protection Program due to his son's (Jason Gervasi's) arrest.
Anthony 'Tony B' Blundetto - Soldier (circa.1980-1987, 2004), arrested, released, murdered by Anthony 'Tony' Soprano in order to protect him from a more tortuous assassination from Philip 'Phil' Leotardo, for killing his brother William 'Billy' Leotardo.
Terence 'Terry' Doria - Associate (2006-2007), transferred to the Soprano crew.
Walden Belfiore - Associate (2007), transferred to the Soprano crew, promoted to Soldier.
Jason Gervasi - Associate (2007), arrested.