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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Former mob boss Manocchio, four others agree to plead guilty to federal charges

Luigi "Baby Shacks'' Manocchio, the former head of the New England mob, and four other Rhode Islanders with underworld ties have agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges that will keep them in prison for several years.
Manocchio, 84, of Providence, and two other made members of the mob, Edward C. Lato, 64, and Alfred "Chippy'' Scivola Jr., 70, signed plea agreements admitting that they are guilty of racketeering conspiracy.
Two mob associates, Richard Bonafiglia, 59, and Raymond "Scarface'' Jenkins, 47, also signed plea agreements. Bonafiglia admitted guilt to racketeering conspiracy, while Jenkins has agreed to plead guilty to extortion conspiracy.
As a result of the pleas, which were filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Manocchio, Lato, Scivola, Bonafiglia and Jenkins will not stand trial this spring for their roles in the racketeering/extortion ring that involved collecting extortion payments from several strip clubs in the Providence metropolitan area. The payments go back to the early 1990s and prosecutors say they exceeded $800,000.
In January 2011, Manocchio and Thomas Iafrate were indicted on charges that they collected thousands of dollars in monthly extortion payments from the Cadillac Lounge and Satin Doll strip clubs. Iafrate pleaded guilty to felony charges and has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.
Last September, Lato, a capo regime in New England La Cosa Nostra; Scivola, Jenkins and Albino "Albie'' Folcarelli, another mob associate, were indicted on charges of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and extortion conspiracy.
Manocchio and the other four defendants, who have been held without bail, will appear in court in the coming weeks to formally plead guilty to the charges.
Folcarelli and Theodore Cardillo, another mob associate indicted in the ring, have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are awaiting trial.



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