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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Luigi "Baby Shacks'' Manocchio, the former longtime boss of the Patriarca crime family, was indicted Thursday morning on extortion charges

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Luigi "Baby Shacks'' Manocchio, the former longtime boss of the Patriarca crime family, was indicted Thursday morning on extortion charges for shaking down the owners of several adult entertainment businesses in the city including the Cadillac Lounge and Satin Doll strip clubs.

Luigi Manocchio was arrested Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and spent the night in the Broward County Jail.
AP photo / Broward Sheriff's Office
The five-page indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court also charged Thomas Iafrate, identified as a mob associate. They're each charged with extortion and extortion conspiracy

The charges come as federal agents this morning arrested more than 100 suspected mobsters in multiple investigations of organized crime families in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The charges against Manocchio, 83, allege that he received monthly protection payments -- paid in cash -- from the owners of the strip clubs. Failure to pay, would result in "the use of intimidation and implied threats of force, violence and fear," the indictment alleges.

Jim Martin, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, said that Manocchio was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon. He spent the night at the Broward Country Jail. He is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale sometime today.

Iafrate was arrested this morning at his home in Johnston. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Providence at 2 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the arrests and indictments of more than 100 organized crime figures New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island during a news conference this morning in Brooklyn, N.Y.:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder

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