Thomas DiFiore the alleged acting boss of the Bonanno crime family is using an old mob tactic of using health issues in an attempt to obtain a shortened sentence. DiFiore was for a time the highest ranking leader of the Bonano family on the streets and seemingly in control of things until his arrest in early 2014. He is facing sentencing Tuesday on charges of federal unlawful debt-collection. The 71 year old mobster is now claiming multiple health issues and a extensive drug regimen in hopes of catching a break.
“Thomas (Tommy D) DiFiore“
But the geriatric mobster definitely showed some pep in his step back in 2013 when he was caught on wiretap talking to fellow Bonanno family wiseguy Vincent Asaro. He can be heard telling Asaro “Without Me, you wouldn’t a got nothing” pertaining to more than his share of a loan payment according to the feds. The feds claimed Mr. DiFiore made former Bonanno bosses look like St. Anthony.
Members of the mafia have long used health issues in an attempt to avoid lengthy prison sentences over the years. The use of this tactic is not new mafia news although it has definitely become more common as use of the federal racketeering act has increased. As the amount of mob turncoats increase new indictments of older crimes becomes more common more elder members of the mob have found themselves in court.