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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Do over scheduled in mob plea deal

Two reputed mobsters who backed away from their plea deals at the 11th hour are going to try again in federal court.
Alfred “Chippy” Scivola and Edward Lato will appear before U.S. District Court Judge William Smith next Tuesday, three weeks after both men had second thoughts in the same courtroom.
Both men signed an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office last month pledging to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and admitting their membership in the New England La Cosa Nostra.
After listening to prosecutors lay out the case during his change of plea hearing on Feb. 22, Lato told Judge Smith he thought prosecutors exaggerated some of the facts. In particular he said he took issue with an accusation that he shook down the Foxy Lady strip club for protection money. He also scoffed at the characterization that he helped run some of the criminal enterprise. Prosecutors accuse Lato of being a mafia captain.
“I don’t know nothing about the Satin Doll,” Lato said to the judge. “I didn’t oversee anything.”
The judge halted the hearing and suggested both sides meet again to work out the kinks.
The next day, Scivola’s attorney Victor Beretta asked for a continuance so they too could work out some of the details in the agreement.
Four other defendants in the case have changed their pleaded guilty, including the reputed former mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio. The 84 year-old Manocchio will be sentenced on May 11, though his attorney asked to have that date moved up to hasten his departure from the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls.
“He’s extremely anxious to get out of Wyatt,” attorney Joseph Balliro said. “It’s an ugly place for a man of his age.”
Already serving prison time is convicted mob associate Thomas Iafrate. He was the first to plead guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Manocchio is accused of running a scheme that shook down strip clubs for protection money.



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