The recent arrest of Bobby DeLuca a former New England mafia capo that turned rat has revealed details of an extortion scheme run by top leaders of the Patriarca crime family.
According to court documents the mafia extortion scheme led by DeLuca and former mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio netted between $4000 and $6000 monthly from approx 2006-2011. The shakedown targeted local strip clubs including the Satin Doll and Cadillac Lounge in Rhode Island along with other adult entertainment businesses. According to the indictment also reported on by Scott Burnstein’s gangsterreport the Cosa Nostra family had their own people employed at these businesses to oversee the shakedowns and collections.
Robert “Bobby The Cigar” Deluca
The indictment contends that DeLuca was a buffer for Manocchio acting as his top captain relaying messages and orders to others inside the crime family. The newly unsealed 2011 indictment also revealed the roles of co-defendants Teddy Cardillo, Tommy Lafrate, and Richard Bonafiglia. Lafrate was employed as a bookkeeper for both the Satin Doll and Cadillac Lounge with Cardillo as manager and Bonafiglia the head bouncer at the Cadillac Lounge. Lafrate handled the cash putting aside $125 daily from both strip clubs along with cash from the assortment of sex shops that the mafia had a piece of and delivered it to DeLuca and Manocchio.
Things came to an end in 2011 when both DeLuca and Manocchio were arrested leading to plea deals for Baby Shacks, Cardillo, LaFrate, and Bonafiglia. DeLuca would choose a different route deciding to turn on his mob pals and join the witness protection program. The only problem was that when he turned rat he failed to mention his role in the mob hit on Stevie DiSarro. DiSarro was partners with former Patriarca family leader Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme in a South Boston nightclub named the Channel. According to the court documents DiSarro was killed by Salemme and his son Frank and DeLuca helped in the disposing of the body.
DiSarro’s body was recently unearthed behind a Providence Mill owned by Billy Ricci a former member of DeLuca’s old mafia crew. Ricci was busted in a drug conspiracy and decided to cooperate with the feds telling them that in 1993 DeLuca sent Cadillac Frank to his construction site with DiSarro’s corpse. He also agreed to let the feds dig up his property leading them to DiSarro’s remains. It was originally believed that it was DeLuca who had pointed the feds towards Ricci’s land as they searched for DiSarro’s body. Cadillac Frank has already pled guilty to lying about his role in the murder and Frank Jr died of aids back in 1995 leaving Deluca as the last to be punished in the DiSarro’s slaying. DeLuca was arrested down in Florida where he was living as part of the witness protection program.