Mafia leader Eddie Lato sentenced to nine years in prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The head of the New England Mafia's Rhode Island crew has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the shakedown of Rhode Island strip clubs.
    
A federal judge imposed the sentence Wednesday on 65-year-old Edward “Eddy” Lato in U.S. District Court in Providence.
    
Lato pleaded guilty in March to racketeering conspiracy and acknowledged his role in a separate mob scheme to extort a used-car salesman.
    
A plea agreement says the shakedown of strip clubs for extortion payments netted $800,000 to $1.5 million in ill-gotten gains.
    
Lato is the sixth person to be sentenced in the case, which prosecutors say ensnared nine people with ties to organized crime.
    
Former New England mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio and mobster Alfred “Chippy” Scivola Jr. are also serving prison terms.