Four charged in US mafia probe
NEW YORK – Four alleged members of an Italian-American organized crime ring, including an alleged ex-boss, were charged with racketeering, extortion and other crimes in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, a prosecutor said.
Alleged New England La Cosa Nostra boss Luigi Manocchio, 83, also known as “Louie,” “Baby Shacks,” “the Professor,” and “the Old Man,” was charged along with Thomas Iafrate, 61; Richard Bonafiglia, 57; and Theodore Cardillo, 67, with racketeering conspiracy and extortion conspiracy, according to an indictment unsealed in Rhode Island, said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.
Manocchio and Iafrate, who were charged previously in an indictment unsealed on January 20, 2011, also face extortion charges.
On January 20, the Justice department announced charges against 127 individuals, including 91 alleged leaders, members and associates — including Manocchio and Iafrate — of LCN families in four districts.
“Today’s arrests and charges are among a series of recent blows to organized crime across the country, including in Rhode Island,” said Breuer.
“This indictment comes on the heels of last month’s takedown of over 100 defendants associated with Armenian Power and other transnational organized crime groups, and of our historic enforcement action in January against nearly 100 La Cosa Nostra members and associates.
“If the mafia thought they could operate in the shadows and get away with it, they now know better,” Breuer said.
The “Five Families” that have dominated organized crime in New York City since the 1930s are the Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno.
The Five Families have seen a sharp decline in fortunes over the last decade conviction of many leaders.