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Friday, September 23, 2011

Four Rhode Island mobsters arrested

Longtime reputed Mafia captain Edward "Eddie" Lato, alleged mob soldier Alfred "Chippy" Scivola and two reputed mob associates were arrested by Rhode Island’s FBI-led Organized Crime Task Force, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.
Lato, Scivola, Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins and Albino "Albi" Folcarelli are named as defendants in a second superseding indictment filed Thursday as part of the federal government's case against Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio. Theodore "Teddy" Cardillo and Richard Bonafiglia are also defendants.
All four men are being held at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls pending a detention hearing next week.
"In simple terms the Providence Organized Crime Task Force has shattered 'omerta,' the New England [La Cosa Nostra's] code of silence,” said Jeffrey Sallet, head of the Providence office of the FBI.
Sallet said the men were arrested early Friday morning without incident.

Lato was charged with five counts, including RICO conspiracy and extortion conspiracy. His name is now one of seven linked to a far-reaching crackdown into organized crime that began with Manocchio's arrest in January.
“Specifically they conspired and agreed to the use of threats of force to induce owners and operators of certain adult entertainment businesses in Providence to provide monthly protection payments in cash," said U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha.
According to the indictment, the strip clubs allegedly shaken down were the Cadillac Lounge, the Satin Doll, Desire, Cheaters, the Foxy Lady and several others in Connecticut.
Court documents reveal Lato attempted to continue to collect the payments -- up to $6,000 a month -- even after Manocchio was taken into custody.

“We better get that back," Lato is quoted as saying in the court documents. "I don’t [expletive] know how we are gonna get that back.”
Neronha declined to say if the comments were picked up on a wiretap.
The U.S. Attorney's office said they have seized "at least" $2 million in assets from the defendants, money that was allegedly obtained through criminal activities.
The court documents also reveal Lato allegedly travelled to Boston as recently as May to deliver a $5,000 cash payment to a "high-ranking" member of the Boston mob.
Folcarelli and Scivola are charged with threatening violence to collect $25,000 owed to them by another person. Neronha would not say if the money owed was from a gambling debt.
The indictment states the wife of the victim became scared after Scivola tried to visit the debtor at his workplace, and she withdrew $20,000 from a retirement account. Court documents say Folcarelli became concerned that a member of the family might go to police.
“Ray [Jenkins] turned us on to a family of stool pigeons," Folcarelli is quoted saying in the indictment. "If this kid talks, we got a headache.”
Lato has been in and out of prison over the past two decades for various arrests. He currently has a case pending with the attorney general's office for organized criminal gambling . Jenkins was arrested in 2006 as part of a sweep in which several individuals with alleged ties to organized crime were picked up on gambling charges.
Neronha was joined at Friday afternoon's press conference by Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and John T. Foley, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston field division, as well as officials from the Rhode Island State Police, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office and the Providence Police Department.
The Organized Crime Task Force in Rhode Island is made up of investigators from the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's office, the IRS, the state police and the Providence Police Department.



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