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Daily Archives: December 7th, 2011

Frank “Bobo” Marrapesem, longtime enforcer for Raymond  Patriarca Jr.

Alleged mafia gambling ring busted by state police

By Tim White, Target 12 Investigator

  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Nearly two dozen accused mobsters and associates were paraded before a state judge Wednesday after a grand jury indicted them for their roles in a massive gambling ring.

The Rhode Island State Police broke up the alleged mob-connected operation last spring.

Among those pleading not guilty was longtime mob enforcer Frank “Bobo” Marrapese. The 68 year-old accused mobster is facing seven counts including RICO conspiracy and extortion. State Police say Marrapese used threats and intimidation to carry out various crimes in his role in the alleged gambling ring. 

Investigators identified Vincent “Tootsie” Tallo as the alleged ringleader of the operation. Tallo was by far the most imposing presence in the court room, towering over defense counsel and the prosecution. State Police said they have dozens of wiretapped conversation that reveal Tallo running the gambling operation and allegedly dealing drugs.

Two high-ranking reputed mobsters accused in this case did not appear in court: Edward “Eddie” Lato and Alfred “Chippy” Scivola didn’t make the trip from the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls. They are being held awaiting trial in a separate federal case that also accused the reputed former boss of the Patriarca crime family Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio. The 84 year-old Providence man is not charged in the state gambling probe.

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