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Monday, September 26, 2011

Feds say 'made' men to testify in mob case

A court filing reveals federal prosecutors say they have "made" members of the New England mob willing to testify against other alleged wiseguys.
The details came to light in a motion filed in U.S. District Court in which prosecutors asked a judge to keep reputed capo regime Edward "Eddie" Lato behind bars.
"During the course of this investigation, the FBI has developed additional witnesses, including formally initiated or ‘made’ members of the [New England La Cosa Nostra], who will testify that the NELCN exists and further testify about the activities of its members," Assistant U.S. Attorney William Ferland and U.S. Justice Department trial attorney Sam Nazzaro wrote in the filing.
"These witnesses will testify to the secret initiation ceremony at which newly inducted members of the LCN swear a blood oath of loyalty to enforce 'omerta,' the code of silence," they wrote.
As Target 12 first reported, Lato, 64, of Johnston, and Alfred "Chippy" Scivola, an alleged member of the Patriarca crime family, were arrested Friday and charged with shaking down Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money.
Also arrested were reputed mob associates Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins and Albino Folcarelli. All four are being held at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls pending a detention hearing later this week.
Details of the superseding indictment were released last week in a case that has already busted the reputed former boss of the New England crime family, Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio.
As Target 12 reported earlier this year, admitted Mafia captain Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent agreed to identify Manocchio as the former boss and admit to the existence of the New England mob. Those pledges were made in a plea agreement he signed with the U.S. Attorney’s office.
St. Laurent was sentenced last week to serve seven years in a federal prison for a separate extortion case.
The detention filing in Lato's case states there is more than one member of the crime family willing to testify.
At a news confernce last week, U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha was asked if others including Robert "Bobby" DeLuca - a reputed high-ranking member of the New England mob - were cooperating with the government. He said he would no comment on anyone not named in the indictment.
Manocchio has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bail.



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