New England mafia captain Edward “Eddie” Lato currently serving a nine year sentence for federal extortion and conspiracy charges was back in Rhode Island to face a state conspiracy charges. Lato is now being charged by state on conspiracy charges for his role in an alleged illegal gambling ring that was busted back in 2011. The state waited to officially move forward with the case until the federal case was wrapped up.
Lato was rounded up during a sweeping mafia case two years ago along with several other high ranking Patriarca crime family members including former boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio and reputed underboss Anthony DiNunzio. Lato received the stiffest sentence out of all nine defendants in the case getting a nine year sentence which he is serving in a Estill, S.C. prison. His stay back home in Rhode Island will be short lived while he stand trial once again.
The state charges according to a press release and court documents includes 23 defendants including multiple made members and associates of the New England mob. Also arrested in case was Frank “Bobo” Marrapese and Alfred “Chippy” Scivola. Marrapese was just released from prison in 2008 on parole for the 1987 mob murder of Richard “Dickie” Callie. Scivola was just released to home confinement from his conviction in the federal case with Lato.
Police were able to gather information on the illegal gambling ring through wire taps who they claim was being run by Vincent “Vinnie” Tallo. Proceeds from the scheme were then funneled up the ladder to Lato through different intermediaries according to the charges. Lato is do to complete his federal sentence in 2019 but may end up with an extended prison stay if found guilty in this upcoming state case.