Four alleged members of the New England chapter of La Cosa Nostra were arrested and charged yesterday with racketeering, extortion and more, in a Providence, Rhode Island, court according to a statement made by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and other law enforcement officials.
Those charged are Eduardo Lato, 64; Alfred Scivola, 70; Raymond R. Jenkins, 47; and Albino Folcarelli, 53. They were arrested yesterday and eached charged ith an array of crimes.
“Relying on violence and intimidation to carry out their illegal activities, organized criminal groups often act as though if they operate in the shadows, they will escape punishment,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “As today’s arrests show, they couldn’t be more wrong. Our law enforcement operations over the past nine months should make clear that we are zeroing in on La Cosa Nostra and other organized criminal groups, and that we will not rest until our work is done.”
This is the second superceding indictment in this case. The first charged were LCN boss Luigi Manocchio and his associates Thomas Iafrate, Richard Bonafiglia and Theodore Cardillo. Iafrate pleaded guilty in July 2011 to racketeering conspiracy. In total, 127 alleged members of LCN have been charged as a continuing action against organized crime.
“As Attorney General Holder said in New York last January, battling all forms of organized crime, including La Cosa Nostra, remains a priority for the Department of Justice,” said U.S. Attorney Neronha. “It remains a priority because history has demonstrated that, unchecked, it extends its tentacles into our citizens’ everyday lives. Let no one doubt the commitment of law enforcement to keeping this threat off balance and on the run.”
The new charges allege that since the mid 1980s, the LCN members in question used threatened or implied force, violence and fear to extort regular payments from the business owners of places such as the Cadillac Lounge, the Satin Doll, the Foxy Lady, Desire and other adult entertainment business in Providence, Rhode Island, and other places.