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EDDIE

Reputed Patriarca  racket boss  returns to Rhode Island to face a conspiracy rap.

 

By Tim White

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Mob capo regime Edward “Eddie” Lato is back in Rhode Island for the first time since his conviction in a sweeping mob case two years ago, but his visit will be short-lived, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

Lato, 67, formerly of Johnston, was transferred to the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution on Sept. 10 from a federal prison in Estill, S.C. He was serving a nine-year sentence for a federal conspiracy and extortion conviction.

Amy Kempe, a spokesperson for the R.I. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, confirmed Lato was back in the state to face a state conspiracy charge for his role in an alleged illegal gambling ring that was busted open in 2011.

The state case was put on hold while the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney’s office wrapped up the federal case that also brought down former New England mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio.

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