Feds Nab Alleged Head of New England Mob

Anthony DiNunzio reportedly bragged he would consider burying people alive
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 8:31 AM CDT
Feds Nab Alleged Head of New England Mob
Richard Deslauriers, the FBI special agent in charge of the Boston Field Office, faces reporters in Providence, RI, April 25, 2012, to announce the arrest of alleged mafia boss Anthony DiNunzio.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Federal prosecutors have arrested the man they believe is the acting head of the New England Cosa Nostra crime family, identifying him publicly as such for the first time. Authorities nabbed Anthony DiNunzio, 53, in the wee hours of yesterday morning at a social club in Boston's North End; by later that day he'd already plead not guilty to racketeering, conspiracy, and other charges in Rhode Island, the New York Times reports.

The Times describes the indictment against DiNunzio as "colorful," detailing one incident in which DiNunzio bragged that he'd remain the boss even if sent to jail, and another in which he told a member of New York's Gambino family that he wouldn't balk at burying unruly associates alive. "You and I get to watch you die in the ground," he allegedly said. DiNunzio is the ninth person arrested in a recent crackdown on the New England mob. (More Cosa Nostra stories.)

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