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Friday, January 28, 2011

'Baby Shacks' moved to Miami prison

The reputed former boss of the Patriarca crime family has been transferred to a federal prison in Miami Florida, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The Broward County Sheriff's office handed Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, 83, over to U.S. Marshals on January 20th at 1:30 p.m., according to a sheriff's spokesperson. The transfer happened the day after Manocchio was arrested.
Target 12 has learned, Manocchio was alone when he was arrested by members of the New England organized crime task force. Spokesperson for the Boston office of the FBI, Special Agent Greg Comcowich said Manocchio was arrested at Ft. Lauderdale airport. He said Manocchio was getting ready to board a flight back to Providence.
The Bureau of Prisons website shows Manocchio is now being housed at the Federal Detention Center in Miami Florida . The prison is "primarily a facility which houses U.S. Marshal prisoners, both male and female," according to an online handbook.
The detention center is only a temporary home for Manocchio who will have to return to Rhode Island to face federal conspiracy and extortion charges. Rhode Island U.S. Marshal Steven O'Donnell said Manocchio will be flown in a government jet from Florida sometime in early February. He will most likely land in New York and then be driven to Rhode Island by U.S. Marshals.
Most federal detainees awaiting trial in Rhode Island are housed at the Wyatt Detention center in Central Falls, but it is unclear if that is where Manocchio will stay.
Manocchio was charged with conspiracy and extortion for allegedly accepting protection payments from the Satin Doll and Cadillac Lounge strip clubs since as far back as 1993, according to documents unsealed last week. The charges said one of the payments was $2,900 paid in cash.
Also arrested as part of the sweep was Thomas Iafrate, 69, a manager with the Cadillac Lounge on Charles Street and other adult-entertainment businesses, according to court documents.
Iafrate was charged with conspiracy and extortion. Authorities described Iafrate as a bookkeeper for both Cadillac Lounge and the Satin Doll and said he was responsible for setting aside, collecting and delivering payments to Manocchio for those two clubs and others.
Iafrate pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment last week. He has been ordered to stay away from the Cadillac Lounge and other strip clubs as well as a list of known members of New England organized crime.
Manocchio's arrest was part of a massive national sweep into organized crime - described by authorities as the largest Mafia roundup in FBI history. It targeted seven Mafia families in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
In all, more than 120 people were arrested including at least 91 members and associates of organized crime.


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