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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Accused mobster says he's a bit player and asks to be released on bail

A reputed member of the Patriarca crime family is downplaying his role in the mob, claiming he is an “order-taker.”
According to a filing made in federal court Wednesday, Alfred “Chippy” Scivola’s lawyer said the aging and ailing defendant is not a risk to the community and should be released on bail.
“It is clear that after the governments presentation to the grand-jury, it was determined that Alfred Scivola was an order-taker and not an order-giver,” wrote attorney Victor Beretta. “It should also be noted that at no time during the governments alleged activity regarding Mr. Scivola did he engage in any behavior resulting in injury to any person, any threats or intimidation.”
In the filing, Beretta said his client is not a risk of flight because he has family ties to the Rhode Island and is suffering from a myriad of health problems.
As Target 12 first reported, Scivola, 70 of Johnston was arrested with three others on Friday. They are accused of shaking down strip clubs for protection money. Scivola is also accused of attempting to collect a $25,000 “debt,” according to the indictment. In court documents, investigators said Scivola’s attempts intimidated the alleged victim’s wife enough for her to cash in on a retirement account and pay off a majority of what was owed.
Also arrested was reputed cape regime Edward “Eddie” Lato and alleged mob associates Raymond “Scarface” Jenkins and Albino Folcarelli. Both Jenkins and Folcarelli were ordered held without bail.
Lato and Scivola go before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Martin on Thursday for a detention hearing.
The recent arrests are part of a federal investigation into organized crime that burst onto the public scene in January with the high-profile arrest of the reputed former boss of the New England crime family Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio.
Manocchio has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to appear again in court on Friday for an arraignment on the superseding indictment.



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