PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 25 (UPI) -- The reputed acting boss of New England's Patriarca crime family was charged Wednesday in federal court in Rhode Island with racketeering.
Anthony DiNunzio was arrested late Tuesday at his Boston home, The Boston Globe reported. He appeared before a judge in Providence and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing May 3.
DiNunzio succeeded his brother, Carmen "The Cheese Man" DiNunzio in late 2009 or early 2010, federal investigators say. Carmen DiNunzio was imprisoned for racketeering involving Boston's "Big Dig," after taking over from the octogenarian Luigi "Louie" Manocchio.
An indictment unsealed Wednesday includes excerpts from surreptitious recordings, including one where DiNunzio tells a member of the Gambino family he discovered after the fact that Billy Tse's, a Chinese restaurant in Boston where he and Manocchio met with associates, had been wired for sound.
The excerpts also give insights into DiNunzio's style with underlings, like threatening to bury them alive. He was also aware of the likelihood of prison, although convinced it would not cramp his style: "If I go go the can, I'm still the boss."
The crime family dates back to 1916, although it gets its name from Raymond "Il Patrone" Patriarca, who moved its base of operations to Providence after he became boss in 1954 and forged alliances with New York mob families.