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Friday, December 2, 2011

Lucchese mobster says he wants to quit life of crime and take care of animals

A veteran New York mobster wants to meet with the fishes.
Carlo Profeta, an acting captain in the Lucchese crime family, says he wants to leave his life of crime behind to fish and commune with nature.
Profeta, 69, is scheduled to be sentenced on extortion charges next week. In a letter to the sentencing judge, his lawyer insists the wiseguy will turn over a new leaf after he’s released.
Profeta “wants to make a complete lifestyle change...and live a simple existence in upstate New York,” the lawyer, Joel Winograd, wrote yesterday. He's “hoping to perfect his skills as a fisherman on the banks of the Hudson River and to care for abused and unwanted animals, passions he has pursued since his youth.”
The ex-con also plans to look after his ailing, elderly mother, the lawyer said.
Profeta's facing up to 20 years behind bars, and Winograd asked the judge to consider sentencing him to a shorter term for using extortion to collect a gambling debt.
In their letter to the Judge Eric Vitaliano, Brooklyn federal prosecutors said Profeta has a long criminal history and poses a danger to the community.
They cited his past racketeering convictions, which includes threatening the operators of a fuel transportation company and a restaurant if they didn’t pay protection money to the Luchese family.
On another occasion, Profeta “used violent threats to force a different restaurant owner to pay a particular meat distributor,” Assistant US Attorney Rachel Nash wrote.


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