updated 06/04/2009 AT 9:45 AM ET
•originally published 06/04/2009 AT 9:55 AM ET
Victoria Gotti has saved her house from foreclosure, apparently by making a deal the feds could not refuse.
In a transaction said to involve both the U.S. Attorney General’s office and Gotti’s former mother-in-law, the daughter of late Mob boss John Gotti will buy 11 commercial properties once owned by her ex-con ex-husband, Carmine Agnello – whose 85-year-old mother, Marie, was seeking $4 million for just three of the properties that had been valued at only $2 million, reports New York’s Daily News.
No purchase price was disclosed, but closing the deal will allow Gotti, 46, to turn around and sell the properties – and pay off the $700,000 mortgage on the five-bedroom, 5½-bath white brick Long Island mansion familiar to viewers of her 2004 Growing Up Gotti reality show.
Gotti has claimed her ex owes heavily on her divorce package and had secretly taken out a mortgage on the mansion without her consent.
The feds, meanwhile, are trying to collect about $7 million from Agnello, who in 2001 pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. Released from prison earlier this year, Agnello faced U.S. government liens on his properties – even though they reportedly were listed under his elderly mother’s name.
“There are substantial curiosities in the history of those properties,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Newman said Wednesday in Brooklyn Federal Court, according to the News. “Somebody needs to be put under oath.”
Gotti, meanwhile, did not appear in court Wednesday and later did not respond to the News’s requests for comment. But she had earlier vowed to save her residence, which she announced she had intended to sell in the first place. Even so, she said when the foreclosure threat began, “This should finally put to rest all the government lies and rumors that I have $200 million buried in my backyard.”