PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Next month the final of nine mobsters or associates charged in a sweeping crackdown on organized crime will be sentenced, and just over a year later another defendant will once again taste freedom.
Theodore Cardillo, an admitted mob associate who helped facilitate the shakedown of area strip clubs will be sentenced on December 11. He will likely be the only defendant not to see any prison time as court documents show the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney's office is recommending six months in home confinement followed by just over four years of probation.
Investigators say those protection payments went to the former New England mob boss Luigi 'Baby Shacks' Manocchio, who pleaded guilty to racketeering earlier this year. He is currently at a prison in North Carolina and is scheduled to be released in November 2015.
The first defendant to possibly be released from prison is Thomas Iafrate, a mob associate who was a bookkeeper at the Cadillac Lounge strip club. Prosecutors say he acted as a runner for the protection payments. He was the first to plead guilty and will also face probation when he is released.
Next to possibly see freedom is Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins in May 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Jenkins was accused of taking part in the extortion of a Johnston used car salesman whose wife tapped into a retirement account to pay the mobster $25,000 out of fear for her husband's safety.
Also taking part in the extortion scheme according to prosecutors was capo regime Edward "Eddie" Lato. Because of his extensive criminal record Lato received the stiffest sentence and is set to be released in July 2019.
Mob associate Albino Folcarelli also pleaded guilty to extortion and is scheduled to be released in October 2017.
Six months prior to Folacrelli's release, mob associate Richard Bonafiglia – who was involved in the strip club scheme – is scheduled to be released. Co-defendant Alfred "Chippy" Scivola was sentenced to just less than four years, but has not yet been assigned a prison.
Also waiting for a new home is the reputed acting mob boss, Anthony DiNunzio of East Boston. He was the last to feel the sting in the investigation, charged with taking over in the strip club shakedown scheme after Manocchio was arrested.
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