|Capo "Eddie" Lato|
The details came to light in a motion filed in U.S. District Court in which prosecutors asked a judge to keep reputed capo regime Edward "Eddie" Lato behind bars.
"During the course of this investigation, the FBI has developed additional witnesses, including formally initiated or ‘made’ members of the [New England La Cosa Nostra], who will testify that the NELCN exists and further testify about the activities of its members," Assistant U.S. Attorney William Ferland and U.S. Justice Department trial attorney Sam Nazzaro write in the filing.
"These witnesses will testify to the secret initiation ceremony at which newly inducted members of the LCN swear a blood oath of loyalty to enforce 'omerta,' the code of silence," they wrote.
Lato, 64, and Alfred "Chippy" Scivola, an alleged member of the Patriarca crime family, were arrested Friday and charged with shaking down Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money.
Also arrested were reputed mob associates Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins and Albino Folcarelli. All four are being held at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls pending a detention hearing.
Details of the superseding indictment were released last week in a case that has already busted the reputed former boss of the New England crime family, Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio.
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