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Detroit Mobster Tony Zerilli Claims He Has Info On Jimmy Hoffa’s Whereabouts

Tony Zerilli/ from WDIV video

 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

For decades now we’ve heard of endless tips about the whereabouts of Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished in 1975: a stadium, a freeway, an incinerator. And most recently, a driveway in Roseville.

Now comes the latest.

WDIV aired an exclusive interview Sunday night with the Tony Zerilli, 85, described in the past as the Detroit Mafia’s underboss.

Zerilli claims he knows what happened to Hoffa and where he’s buried: About 30 miles away from the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills where he was abducted on July 30, 1975.

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93-Year-old Colombo Mobster Convicted in Brooklyn

brooklyn-sign1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

At 93, mobster John “Sonny” Franzese — the underboss of the Colombo crime family — had a hard time staying awake during his racketeering trial in federal court in Brooklyn, the Associated Press reported.

To boot, he had to sit there while his own son — a former mobster turned government informant —  testified against him in a case in which he was charged with shaking down New York strip clubs and a pizzeria.

On Wednesday, a jury convicted the one-time acquaintance of Mr. Blues himself, Frank Sinatra.

AP reported that on the first day that his son John Franzese Jr., a former Colombo associate, testified against him, he dozed off briefly.

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New England Mobster Who Tried Bribing Undercover FBI Agent to Get 6 Years

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In mob circles, he was known as the “The Cheese Man”. In mob circles and in law enforcement circles, he was known as a big cheese; he was the underboss of the New England mob.

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe
BOSTON — Reputed New England Mafia underboss Carmen “The Cheese Man” DiNunzio has cut a plea deal with state and federal authorities that will send him to prison for six years for bribery, extortion, and illegal gambling, according to his lawyer.

The 51-year-old DiNunzio is expected to plead guilty this afternoon in US District Court in Boston to charges that he tried to bribe an undercover FBI agent posing as a corrupt highway inspector in fall 2006 in a bid to secure a $6 million contract to provide loam, a soil mix, to the Big Dig.

As part of a sweeping plea deal, he is scheduled to appear in Essex Superior Court in Salem next Wednesday and plead guilty to state charges of extorting bookmakers and running an illegal gambling business in 2001.

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