After his arrest at the Gemini Social Club on Endicott Street in the North End last April, Anthony DiNunzio, acting boss of the New England La Cosa Nostra, pleaded guilty on Thursday in a Providence court. DiNunzio, 53, of East Boston, admitted to receiving protection payments from Rhode Island strip clubs (Cadillac Lounge, Satin Doll, Foxy Lady and Desire). Sentencing will happen in November and is expected to total about 5 to 6.5 years in federal prison.
Part of the indictment recorded DiNunzio at Billy Tse’s Restaurant on Commercial Street where he met with a senior Gambino crime family member. This is the latest in a case where federal prosecutors have made several indictments and plea agreements, including from former mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio. In total, nine have been indicted and seven convicted.
Anthony DiNunzio is the brother of Carmen “The Cheese Man” DiNunzio, currently serving time in prison. Carmen DiNunzio’s “Fresh Cheese” was located on Endicott Street and closed in 2009.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha is quoted speaking outside the courtroom, “We have driven a stake through the heart of organized crime in Rhode Island and we’ve cut off its head in Boston.”