BREAKING NEWS: Mob Leaders Indicted for Extortion of Strip Club Owners
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The indictment names Luigi “Louie” Manocchio, 83, a longtime crime boss in the New England La Cosa Nostra family who is known as “The Professor” and “The Old Man,” and an associate Thomas Iafrate, 63. The two men are specifically accused of threatening strip club owners with violence in order to obtain nearly $3,000 in cash payments in November 2008.
The charges were part of a broad multi-state series of federal indictments released today in Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey against 91 members and associates of the La Cosa Nostra family, five New York-based families, and the New Jersey-based Decavalcante family. Charges include racketeering, murder, extortion, arson, narcotic trafficking, illegal gambling, and a number of other related criminal activities.
The indictments were announced at a Brooklyn, New York news conference by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and other local law enforcement officials also attended the conference.
Manocchio was arrested in Fr. Lauderdale, Florida Wednesday by FBI agents from Providence, state police, and Providence police. He was held overnight in Broward County Jail and is due in U.S. District Court in Ft. Lauderdale today. Iafrate was arrested at his Johnston home earlier today and is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Lincoln Almond at 2 p.m. today. He is charged with extortion conspiracy and extortion. Each charge has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.