Another New England mobster is headed to prison and this time it is acting boss Anthony DiNunzio. After agreeing to a plea deal back in September on one count of racketeering conspiracy for his part in shakedowns of local strip clubs DiNunzio got sentenced today to six and a half years in prison. The investigation took down DiNunzio and eight other members and associates of the New England Mafia. DiNunzio was given the maximum sentence recommended by prosecutors according to the plea deal he agreed to. U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said he sentenced DiNunzio to the maximum sentence because he was the acting leader of the criminal enterprise and when your the person on top you have to take the most responsibility. He also said he was didn’t believe that DiNunzio was likely to be rehabilitated.
DiNunzio was arrested back in April and was one of many high ranking New England mobsters who pleaded guilty in the case which included former mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, mob captain Edward Lato , and soldier Alfred “Chippy” Scivola. As part of his plea deal DiNunzio admitted in court to receiving monthly protection payments from owners of the strip clubs the Cadillac Lounge, Satin Doll, and Foxy Lady. He began getting these protection payments when he took over the role of acting boss of the New England crime family in late 2009 to early 2010.
Prosecutors claim that DiNunzio and Cadillac Lounge manager Theodore Cardillo netted approximately two million dollars from the shakedown scheme , Cardillo has also agreed to plead guilty. DiNunzio will also serve three three years of supervised parole after his release. DiNunzio has requested to serve his prison sentence at a federal facility Devens, Mass., so he can remain close to his family. This facility also handles inmates with special needs and DiNunzio reportedly has high blood pressure and back problems.