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Monday, April 2, 2012

Mob case heading for May trial

Two remaining defendants in the sweeping mob case that has already lead to guilty pleas from six mobsters or associates will be heading for trial in less than a month.
Alleged mob associates Albino Folcarelli and Theodore Cardillo have been given May 1 as a trial date at U.S. District Court in Providence.
Folcarelli, 54, is charged with extortion conspiracy. Investigators say he was part of a crew that shook down a used car salesman for $25,000.
Cardillo, 68, is charged with racketeering conspiracy and extortion. He’s accused of helping to shake down strip clubs for protection money.
Lawyers for Folcarelli are trying to have some recorded conversations between convicted mobster Edward “Eddy” Lato and a cooperating witness tossed before trial. U.S. District Court Judge William Smith will hear arguments on the request next week.
The trial could reveal the identity of the made member of the mob prosecutors say wore a hidden microphone for the FBI after he learned he had been indicted in the case. Court documents reveal the informant has the initials “RD” and have fueled speculation that Robert Deluca, a reputed capo regime in the New England crime family, worked with the feds.
Six other defendants, including the reputed former mob boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, have pleaded guilty. Manocchio, 84, of Providence, will be sentenced on May 11 on a single count of racketeering conspiracy; seven other counts were dropped as part of the deal.
Lato, 65, of Johnston, has also agreed to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy.
Separately, a court filing this week reveals mob associate Thomas Iafrate – who pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy and is serving 30 months behind bars – was moved to Fort Devens federal prison in Ayer, Mass.
His prison stay was delayed after Iafrate suffered a heart attack shortly after being sentenced.



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