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Daily Archives: April 23rd, 2009


Carmen “Don of  Donuts”  Di Nunzio on the left  talking  to former Angiulo right arm,  Peter Limone.


Gianelli  in a beard in 1990


 Arthur Gianelli  on the  left, and Dennis “Fish” Albertelli


Mob Ratfella  Stevie  ” The Rifleman”    Flemmi  testified against Gianelli’s brother-in-law.  ex FBI agent  Zip  Connelly.


 Winter Hill Mob   hitman  John  Martorano.

Gianneli was once indicted with  Joe Yerardi who  ran  Hitman/ Ratfella   Martoranos’  racquets for him  while he was on  the  lam


By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff

Reputed Mafia associate Arthur Gianelli was convicted today in federal court of a variety of charges, including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, arson, and attempted extortion, in a case that marked the downfall of a major gambling and loansharking operation, prosecutors said.

Gianelli, 51, of Lynnfield ran a sprawling illegal gambling enterprise that raked in millions of dollars, then used his money and underworld muscle to seize control of several bars in Boston and on the North Shore, prosecutors have said.

“This prosecution eliminated one of the largest gambling and loansharking operations operating in the greater Boston area. It was affiliated with organized crime and this is part of the government’s battle against organized crime,” Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak said.

A six-man, six-woman US District Court jury had deliberated 23 hours over four days before reaching their verdicts on the 333 charges against Gianelli and three associates.

Gianelli’s ran an organization involved in sports betting, video poker machines, and later online gambling

Gianelli paid $2,000 a month in “tribute” to New England Mafia underboss Carmen “The Cheese Man” DiNunzio from 2001 to 2003, according to testimony and conversations secretly recorded by the Massachusetts State Police. Customers who failed to repay loans faced intimidation and threats from Gianelli’s group, which was “under the umbrella of the Mafia,” according to prosecutors.

Gianelli’s three associates — Dennis “Fish” Albertelli, 56, and his wife, Gisele, 54, of Stow, and Frank Iacaboni, 65, of Leominster — also were convicted of a variety of charges, including illegal gambling and racketeering conspiracy.

Dennis Albertelli and Iacaboni were also convicted, as was Giannelli, of arson, which carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison, for plotting to burn down the Big Dog Sports Grille in North Reading.

Gianelli was convicted of attempted extortion for trying to take over Clarke’s Turn of the Century Saloon in Faneuil Hall and McCarthy’s Bar and Grille on Boylston Street, both in Boston, from 1998 to 2002.

Gianelli’s lawyer, Robert Sheketoff, who raised questions about the credibility of prosecution witnesses during his opening statement, declined to comment after today’s verdict. Gianelli is the brother-in-law of disgraced former FBI agent John Connolly, who was convicted of racketeering in Boston in 2002, and in November was found guilty of murder in Florida for plotting with James Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi to kill a Boston businessman in Florida in 1982.

Iacaboni, who has insisted that he is innocent, said after the verdict was read, “This is a shock.”

Dennis Albertelli’s lawyer, EdwaPasquina Jrrd ., said, “The jury has spoken. There’s nothing else you can say.” But he added, “Certainly, the government marched in a parade of horribles and they [the jury] took their word for it,” pointing out that many government witnesses had testified under grants of immunity.


Gisele Albertelli’s lawyer, Page Kelley, said, “I’m disappointed they returned so many ‘guilties’ because there were a lot of counts on which the evidence was dubious. The problem with an indictment like this that alleges so many crimes is that it’s hard to overcome the presumption of guilt.”

It took 10 minutes for a clerk to read the 45-page verdict slip.

Gianelli returned to custody, while Dennis Albertelli and Iacaboni were taken into custody. Gisele Albertelli was allowed to remain free pending her sentencing. Sentencing is July 17 for Gianelli, July 23 for Dennis Albertelli, July 24 for Iacaboni, and July 29 for Gisele Albertelli.

Peter Limone is  the cream of  this  criminal crop   I  partied with  Peter when he  got out of  the slammer on  appeal  for a few days back in the early seventies.  Jerry Angiulo had a big bash  for him .  A good time was had by all.  Much more in my  book     By the way,  Chubby DiNunzio had  to leave town on a rail to get away  from Angiulo  enforcers. 

 At the time  he owed the  Angiulo’s big bucks.  So  he went west .  One day I get a call about him from a capo  who wants  to know if  he is  okay.  I  give  him the greenlight on  chubby , and  he went to work  as an enforcer for my  friends  ,  mobster’s,  Joe and Freddy  Sica  in  San Diego.     Anthony Fiato