Rhode Island Mobsters Plead Guilty

Five reputed mob leaders have pleaded guilty to shaking down several local strip clubs. These five reportedly made men decided to cut a deal with the government rather than facing a trial.

One of the men who signed an agreement is Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, the reputed mob boss. He and the others are accused of extorting cash from several Providence strip clubs including the Cadillac Lounge. Also pleading guilty were Edward “Eddy”and Alfred “Chippy” Scivola. Both men, along with Manocchio, admitted to racketeering conspiracy and being in the mafia.

Now, alleged mob associate Richard Bonafiglia will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and Raymond “Scarface” Jenkins will plead guilty to extortion.

The men were initially charged in a massive organized crime sweep that the FBI conducted over the past year. An effort that has rounded up nearly a hundred mobsters from Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey.

Attorney General Eric Holder says that this effort is just the beginning. “Our battle against organized crime enterprises is far from over. This is an ongoing effort and it must and will remain a top priority,” said Holder.

All five men were supposed to go on trial this spring. Instead, that's when they'll be sentenced.

Two other reputed mob associates, Theodore Cardillo and Albino “Albie” Folcarelli, both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and are awaiting trial.