For Immediate Release - July 08, 2009

DiNunzio Pleads Guilty To State Charges

Carmen DiNunzio, 51, of Boston, an alleged underboss in the New England crime family, pleaded guilty this morning in Salem Superior Court before Judge David Lowy to extortion, promoting an illegal gaming operation, and conspiring to violate state gaming laws.

DiNunzio will be sentenced on September 25 at 2 p.m. in Salem Superior Court to six years in state prison. That prison term will be served concurrently with a six-year federal prison term, which will be imposed on September 24 in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Essex First Assistant District Attorney John T. Dawley told the court that in 2001 DiNunzio extorted $500 per month from a North End bookmaker in exchange for allowing a gaming/numbers office to operate. He also managed and financed a gaming organization with several offices and numerous agents in the North Shore area that took bets on the outcome of professional and college sporting events. In addition, he conspired with others to operate a gaming enterprise.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said, "Bookmaking is not a victimless crime, but one which often involves violence. These operations rely on intimidation and control tactics, and that was evident in this case. In this circumstance, physical intimidation and extortion were used at a local business, and the incident was witnessed by many who were present. Bookmaking operations can also economically devastate individuals, and in many cases, entire families."

The state investigation was conducted by the Massachusetts State Police Special Services Section.

-30-