Cops nab alleged Mafia boss

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    [​IMG] Big cheese Carmen Salvatore DiNunzio is taken into custody by State Trooper Pasquale Russolillo last night on extortion and gaming charges. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill)

    ‘Big Cheese’ busted after 5-year probe

    By O’Ryan Johnson and Laurel J. Sweet
    Saturday, December 2, 2006

    Carrying a wad of 100s and 50s as fat as a ball of mozzarella, Carmen Salvatore DiNunzio was busted by state police yesterday in the North End near the spot where the alleged Boston Mafia kingpin runs a cheese shop, authorities said.

    DiNunzio, 49, of East Boston was charged with extortion, maintaining or organizing a gaming operation and conspiracy to maintain gaming operation, said Essex District Attorney Jon Blodgett.

    “It went down peacefully,” a state police source told the Herald last night.

    DiNunzio said nothing when police grabbed him from his car at the corner of Cooper and Lynn streets around 5:15 p.m., the source added, nor on the long drive to the state police barracks,in Danvers, where he is being held on $250,000 bail. He is expected to be arrainged Monday in Salem Superior Court, prosecutors said.

    The arrest was the result of a five-year investigation of DiNunzio’s alleged gaming operations by troopers Nunzio Orlando and Pasquale Russolillo of the state police organized crime unit.
    The probe stemmed from a 2001 wire tap that recently netted alleged made man William “Billy” Angelesco, 35, of Chelsea. In May, Angelesco was charged with extortion and bookmaking.
    DiNunzio’s alleged roots in La Cosa Nostra date to the last days of the Angiulo era in the 1980s, when he allegedly ran errands and fetched coffee for mobsters.
    In 2003, police sources told the Herald that DiNunzio was named the official “capo regime” of Boston by alleged Providence don Louis “Baby Shanks” Manocchio.
    DiNunzio, who runs Fresh Cheese Shop on Endicott Street, allegedly won the top job only after another reputed mobster, Peter Limone, turned it down.
    Limone - with alleged mob ties that date to the 1960s - was released from prison in 2001 after serving 33 years for a murder he did not commit.
    Limone, now 74, and DiNunzio often have been seen together in the North End, but have repeatedly denied working together to run the rackets.
    DiNunzio prefers to operate under the radar, a police source said.
    But the alleged capo has made headlines, most recently when crooks snatched the till from his cheese shop in August. Then, in April 2005, the SUV DiNunzio was driving struck and killed Stephanie Lam, a 16-year-old Dorchester girl, on Washington Street.
    Though he was not charged in Lam’s death, DiNunzio has spent much of his life in and out of courts and jails. In 1993, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in federal jail for attempting to take over an Indian casino and for shaking down a Las Vegas gambler for $27,000.
    While in Vegas - where DiNunzio was on the run after allegedly stiffing the Angiulos for $80,000 - he was known by mobsters as an enforcer who collected debts, sources told the Herald in 2003.
    Yesterday, the Essex District Attorney’s Office said troopers secured a secret indictment against DiNunzio prior to his arrest. If he’s convicted on all charges, DiNunzio could spend up to 15 years behind bars.


    Crime boss Carmen DiNunzio, center, is escorted into the Danvers state police barracks on Friday by state troopers Pasquale Russolillo, left, and Nunzio Orlando. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill)

    Is mob mousetrap set? Others could get caught in Big Cheese trap

    By Peter Gelzinis
    Boston Herald Columnist

    Sunday, December 3, 2006

    Carmen “The Big Cheese” DiNunzio sure looked plenty annoyed Friday night, doing his perp walk into the Danvers state police barracks.
    But he could hardly be surprised. In certain circles around the North End yesterday, the arrest of the mountainous Cheese Man was generally greeted with a rather large yawn.
    “People knew it was coming,” one local shrugged. “Let’s just say the level of surveillance in the last few weeks had been stepped up quite a bit. It wasn’t hard to tell something was up.”
    Since March of last year, when the state police organized crime squad descended on the Lynnfield McMansion of corrupt former G-Man John “Zip” Connolly’s bookie brother-in-law, Arthur Gianelli, the other shoe, so to speak, has been suspended over Carmen’s abundant head.

    For starters, of course, DiNunzio’s name was prominently featured in Gianelli’s rather tidy gaming logs. And then came the testimony before a federal magistrate, detailing the $2,000 monthly “rent” payments Gianelli had allegedly been making to Carmen. So, it was never a matter of if they were coming for Carmen ... but only a matter of when.
    Still, the Big Cheese’s heavily anticipated bust was not completely devoid of intrigue. The quiet buzz around the North End yesterday morning centered around what “other shoes” might drop.
    As one observer put it: “It’s rare you see one guy jacked up like that. Usually, when the cops move, they like to throw out a net and bring in as many people as they can. Conspiracies always make for a stronger case. And it’s an automatic 20 years.
    “But the staties grabbed Carmen. And right now,” the source suggested, “it’s going to be interesting to see if any superceding indictments get thrown into the mix here. If that happens, you’ll probably see the feds jumping in at some point ... probably sooner rather than later.”
    Though a mobster who tips the scales at upwards of 400 pounds requires a large net, some wonder if the feds would like to widen it even further by including 74-year-old Peter Limone in a future pinch.
    It’s been almost four years since Carmen DiNunzio, now 49, was acknowledged to have inherited the remnants of Boston’s La Cosa Nostra, as its de facto “underboss.”
    Yet, for just about all of that time, the persistent speculation has been that DiNunzio’s low-key style, with its focus on “business,” has provided the extra-large curtain behind which the elder Limone has been able to exercise an even-tempered reign, similar to that of the Angiulos.
    DiNunzio was extolled in certain quarters as someone who possessed “an abundance of loyalty and lack of treachery.” But it was also suggested that “(Carmen) is not exactly who people think he is.”
    Is it possible that Peter Limone could find himself in the crosshairs of a possible indictment at the very moment he is one of the plaintiffs in a landmark, $100 million civil suit against the FBI and the Department of Justice for being framed and sent to jail for more than 30 years?
    More than a few seasoned observers believe the answer to that question is a resounding yes.
    “When it comes to cops and gangsters in this town,” one sighed, “there is no such thing as coincidence. Nothing happens in a vacuum, or by accident.”
    There is no jury, only a single U.S. District Court judge, listening to the saga of how Peter Limone and three fellow defendants were hustled off to jail, nearly half a century ago, with the active cooperation of mobsters who carried FBI badges.
    Still, a well-timed indictment for gaming and loansharking could provide a bit of distraction to the crime of government-sanctioned perjury and - in the case of Louis Greco, who died in prison - murder.
    Something to ponder as the Big Cheese makes his $250,000 bail tomorrow in Salem.

    State trooper says reputed mobster’s ‘quite a character’

    By O’Ryan Johnson
    Sunday, December 3, 2006

    The Big Cheese may be on ice, but a night in the cooler apparently hasn’t curdled his spirits.
    “He’s quite the character,” a state trooper guarding reputed Boston mob underboss Carmen Salvatore DiNunzio, aka “The Big Cheese,” said yesterday. The trooper declined further comment.
    DiNunzio, 49, a resident of East Boston, is a weekend guest at the Danvers state police barracks where he is awaiting arraignment on extortion and gaming charges, state police said.
    DiNunzio’s North End store, Fresh Cheese Shop, meanwhile, did brisk business yesterday with customers snapping up stacks of sliced cheese and eyeing the rows of exotic olive oils.
    At a phone number listed for DiNunzio, a woman who identified herself as his mother declined to comment.
    “Honey, I know you have a job to do, but right now I’m not in the best of health,” she told the Herald.
    The parmesan don was busted in a car at the corner of Cooper and Lynn streets in the North End, just around the corner from his cheese shop.
    DiNunzio is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Salem Superior Court, where he is expected to make bail of $250,000.

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    Carrying a wad of 100s and 50s as fat as a ball of mozzarella, Carmen Salvatore DiNunzio was busted by state police yesterday in the North End near the spot where the alleged Boston Mafia kingpin runs a cheese shop, authorities said

    I don't usually complain about things like this and I am probably one of the least pc people, but if the SP had arrested an African American do you think they would have written "Carrying a wad of 100s and 50s as fat as a watermellon or fried chicken." I'm not saying this would be correct, I'm just saying its another example of a double standard that the media seems to have when dealing with the Italian Mob.
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    Reputed bookies ID'd alleged mob chief to grand jury

    Court papers detail testimony


    Carmen DiNunzio is charged with extortion and gambling conspiracy.

    By J.M. Lawrence, Globe Correspondent | September 15, 2007

    Two reputed Boston-area bookies identified North End cheese shop owner Carmen DiNunzio as the head of the Boston mob last year to an Essex grand jury, according to court papers made public yesterday.
    Reputed North End bookie Anthony Pino testified that he paid $500 per month through one of DiNunzio's associates for protection, while alleged Medford bookmaker Joseph Amato acknowledged using his connections to DiNunzio to escape paying off gambling losses to another bookie.
    "Amato identified the defendant as the reputed head of the Boston faction of La Cosa Nostra," John T. Dawley, first assistant district attorney in Essex, said in a motion.
    The men's testimony, along with 150 pages of police transcripts of secretly recorded phone calls among other bookies, were made public yesterday after a brief hearing in Essex Superior Court.
    DiNunzio is free on bail and awaiting trial after pleading not guilty last December to charges of extortion and gambling conspiracy. His lawyer, Anthony Cardinale, has asked the court to throw out the case for lack of evidence and contends prosecutors improperly told grand jurors that DiNunzio is the number two mafioso in New England.
    "The prosecution was really trying to stretch something here," Cardinale said by phone. "There is no evidence Carmen did anything or received a nickel from anybody."
    According to a state trooper who testified before the grand jury last October, Rhode Island State Police followed DiNunzio, 50, on April 27, 2006, to a meeting in Sharon with the reputed godfather of New England's La Cosa Nostra, Luigi "Baby Shanks" Manocchio, who is in his 80s.
    DiNunzio's lawyer argues the trooper's testimony should have been excluded.
    The grand jury heard only that the meeting occurred but no details of what the men discussed.
    "You can't just keep piling stuff on," Cardinale said. "Just because I met with somebody you claim has some connection with organized crime that makes it more likely I commit crimes? You can't do that."
    In a motion, the DA's office said it "readily agrees" some of the trooper's conclusions and interpretations "might not be admissible at trial."
    "This does not mean, however, that it was improperly introduced at these grand jury proceedings," Dawley said.
    Pino, testifying under a grant of immunity, said he sought help from a DiNunzio associate when a Mafia captain from another faction, Bobby Luisi, "bothered" him about his rackets.
    In his testimony, Pino initially asserted he didn't know where the "nickel," or the $500 protection payment, went but later acknowledged it went to DiNunzio, the government said in court papers.
    During the grand jury proceedings, the prosecutor asked Pino, "Had you not paid the nickel, did you understand that people would have bothered you in your [bookmaking] business?
    "Yes," Pino replied.
    Pino also testified that he used to run his bookmaking with the help of two men in Brookline who are now deceased.
    State Police phone surveillance also documented a long-running squabble among Boston-area bookies over $15,000 that Amato loaned to James Candelino.
    Candelino didn't repay the money, so Amato allegedly devised a scheme known as "shooting into the office." Amato would run bets through Candelino's office but not pay when he lost.
    "Amato believed that Candelino would be too afraid to demand payment," the district attorney's office said in court papers.
    A distressed Candelino can be heard in police surveillance tapes seeking counsel from his associate Thomas Verona. Verona urges him to get DiNunzio on his side just as DiNunzio is allegedly taking over the Boston mob in 2001.
    "When people pull rank on you, you pull higher rank," Verona said. "You play the same game as other people play with you. You don't start a new game."
    Verona, Candelino, and Gregory Costa were indicted in 2002 on gambling charges. They were convicted and received probation.
    A hearing on DiNunzio's case has been scheduled for Oct. 5 in Essex Superior Court.[​IMG]
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    Feds charge eatery owner in arson scam

    Federal prosecutors are charging a North End restaurateur with helping to set a fire on his property that killed his brother, who was allegedly his partner in a plan to bilk an insurance company for the building’s loss.
    Albert L. Giorgio, 54, of Revere is charged with arson resulting in death, arson conspiracy, mail fraud and use of fire to commit mail fraud for the March 2002 two-alarm blaze that destroyed his Salem Street building and claimed his brother Steven Giorgio’s life.
    Steven Giorgio had an extensive criminal record and ties to organized crime at the time of his death, sources said. Law enforcement sources have told the Herald that alleged mob captain Carmen “Big Cheese’ DiNunzio got the deed to his Endicot Street deli from Stephen Giorgio, who owed DiNunzio for gambling debts. DiNunzio is on trial in Salem Superior Court for extortion and running illegal gaming operations.
    In the early morning of March 8, 2002, Steven Giorgio allegedly splashed gasoline around the inside of the Salem Street building and set it ablaze, but was unable to get out. He was found dead near the front door.
    Shortly after the two-alarm fire, Albert Giorgio engaged in a back and forth with an insurance company looking to collect on his settlement, sources said.
    Federal prosecutors said, if convicted of all charges, Albert Giorgio faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 17 years in jail, followed by five years supervised release and a maximum fine of $1.5 million.
    The Giorgio family owns several restaurants in Boston including one in the North End and another on Newbury Street.
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    Judge: Case against 'Cheese' can go forward

    Published: 11/09/2007
    Judge: Case against 'Cheese' can go forward

    Judge David Lowy found that details about DiNunzio's personal history were relevant to show jurors the victim's state of mind, and that it did not prejudice those grand jurors.
    SALEM - A judge has rejected claims by reputed mobster Carmen "The Big Cheese" DiNunzio that prosecutors bolstered a weak case by providing grand jurors with prejudicial information that tainted their opinion.
    Judge David Lowy found that details about DiNunzio's personal history were relevant to show jurors the victim's state of mind and that it did not prejudice those grand jurors.
    DiNunzio was indicted nearly a year ago on charges of extortion, gaming and conspiracy. His lawyers had moved to dismiss the charges, claiming that prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to obtain the indictment and peppered their presentation to the grand jury with colorful but prejudicial details about DiNunzio's alleged role as the "capo regime" of the Boston mob. Lowy disagreed in a decision denying DiNunzio's motion. That decision was released yesterday.
    DiNunzio, a large man, owns the Fresh Cheese Shop in the North End, hence his nickname.
    The case now moves ahead to the next stage - DiNunzio's lawyer, Anthony Cardinale, said he intends to file motions to suppress some of the evidence in the case. A hearing on those motions is scheduled for March 21.
    - Julie Manganis
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    Mob raids hit Limone, says source

    Photo by AP (file)
    Peter Limone

    State police mob investigators Friday night raided the Medford home of Peter Limone, considered by law enforcement to be the head of the Boston Mafia, but the 73-year-old former inmate was not arrested, two law enforcement sources said yesterday.
    What troopers were looking for when they searched Limone’s home and the thrust of the investigation that led police to his door were treated as tightly guarded information, but sources said cops raided the home of a second mob suspect the same night.
    The Middlesex District Attorney’s office and Massachusetts State Police media relations division declined to comment yesterday on the searches.
    Limone’s lawyer for his federal civil case, Julianne Balliro, could not be reached for comment. A woman at his Medford home said Limone was not home yesterday and declined to comment.
    Limone is one of the four accused mobsters framed by FBI agents for the 1965 Chelsea murder of Teddy Deegan. He was released in January 2001, and last year won a landmark $101.7 million settlement in his wrongful conviction lawsuit against the federal government.
    Law enforcement sources have asserted that even as the grandfatherly Limone fought to punish the crooked feds who framed him, he quietly went back to work in the criminal underworld.
    Limone often has been spotted chatting with Carmen DiNunzio, the reputed second-in-command of Boston’s branch of the New England mafia, who now faces extortion charges that stem from his alleged bookmaking operation. DiNunzio, who runs Fresh Cheese, a North End deli and specialty cheese shop, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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    "Big Cheese" Indicted In Big Dig Sting

    [​IMG] Carmen DiNunzio (file photo)

    BOSTON (AP) ― The reputed underboss of the New England mob and two other men were arrested Friday on charges they attempted to bribe a state official to win a lucrative Big Dig contract.

    U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said Carmen DiNunzio -- known as "the Cheese Man" or "The Big Cheese" -- Anthony D'Amore, 55, of Revere and Andrew Marino, 42, of Chelsea were caught in an undercover FBI bribery sting that began two years ago.

    [​IMG] Read Indictment (pdf)

    [​IMG] Read Detention Affidavit (pdf)

    The men allegedly tried to pay off an FBI agent -- who was posing as a Massachusetts Highway Department inspector -- to secure a contract to provide 300,000 cubic yards of loam to the Big Dig.

    "This investigation should act as a reminder to anyone bidding on publicly funded projects ... that we will vigorously pursue anyone who seeks to bribe a public official," Sullivan said at a news conference.

    "It is incumbent on us to ensure that bidding processes are fair and above board," he said.

    Prosecutors say DiNunzio, 50, of Boston has been underboss in the New England branch of the Mafia since 2004, while D'Amore and Marino are associated with the Mafia. They were scheduled for their initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

    According to court documents, the investigation began in May 2006 when a witness working with the FBI recorded conversations with DiNunzio and D'Amore about the proposed deal for the loam -- soil composed of sand, silt, manure and clay.

    The men allegedly discussed bribing a Mass Highway inspector they knew as "Mike" to ensure they would win the $6 million contract.

    That fall, the three men allegedly agreed to pay the man $15,000 and 5 percent of revenue from the contract in exchange for his assurances they'd get the deal. They gave him the money during a September 2006 meeting, according to court documents.

    Friday's arrests raised questions about whether the New England branch of the Mafia, known as La Cosa Nostra, is still healthy, despite numerous arrests of high ranking figures in recent decades.

    DiNunzio already is awaiting trial on separate gambling and extortion charges after a December 2006 indictment in Essex County.

    Warren Bamford, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office, said the organization was thriving in New England.

    "We believe that the LCN is still alive and well ... and we are going to continue to pursue those organizations," he said.
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    Re: "Big Cheese" Indicted In Big Dig Sting

    Reputed Mafia Underboss Ordered Released

    DiNunzio Released On $20K Bail

    BOSTON -- Reputed New England Mafia underboss Carmen "The Cheese Man" DiNunzio has been ordered released on $20,000 cash bail until his trial on a Big Dig bribery charge.

    Federal Magistrate Judge Judith Dein rejected the government's contention that DiNunzio is dangerous and should be jailed until trial.

    Dein said while the case against DiNunzio appears strong, the crime DiNunzio is charged with doesn't involve violence or threats of violence.
    DiNunzio and two other men are accused of attempting to bribe a state official to win a $6 million contract to provide loam to the Big Dig.

    The official DiNunzio allegedly tried to bribe turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

    DiNunzio -- who has pleaded not guilty -- will likely go free after a hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
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    Reputed Mafia underboss fights extortion charge

    Associated Press - July 11, 2008 6:24 PM ET

    BOSTON (AP) - Reputed New England Mafia underboss Carmen "The Cheese Man" DiNunzio is fighting a charge that he had allegedly been extorting $500 a month from a bookmaker.
    A defense attorney says the state broke federal laws when it expanded a 2001 illegal gambling wiretap to look into extortion without seeking court approval.
    The Boston Globe reported Friday that an Essex County prosecutor argued that the charge should stand, saying the failure to notify the court was an "administrative snafu" that caused no harm.
    Superior Court Judge Leila Kern took the matter under advisement.
    DiNunzio is facing two other state charges of of illegal gambling and conspiracy. He and two other men face unrelated charges of attempting to bribe an undercover FBI agent to win a $6 million contract to provide loam to the Big Dig. He has pleaded not guilty.

    Information from: The Boston Globe,

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