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Patriarca mob family capo-turned-snitch charged with lying about murder of South Boston club owner

By David Amoruso

Robert DeLuca, a former capo in the Patriarca crime family in New England was arrested Monday at his home in Florida after being indicted in connection with allegations that he obstructed a federal investigation into the murder of a Boston nightclub owner in the 1990s. This, despite the fact that he spilled his guts after he became a government witness for the FBI.

The 70-year-old mob turncoat (photo above, left photo taken Monday) was indicted on one count of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements. According to the indictment, DeLuca lied to federal prosecutors and investigators investigating the 1993 disappearance of Stephen DiSarro, the owner of The Channel, a South Boston nightclub.  

In March 2016, DiSarro’s was recovered by federal authorities behind a mill in Providence, R.I.  The indictment alleges that DiSarro disappeared in May 1993 after the involvement of then Patriarca family mob boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his son Frank Salemme, Jr. when The Channel became the focus of a federal grand jury investigation.

DeLuca is also charged with lying to federal authorities about his knowledge of other organized crime murders. It is alleged that DeLuca made the false statements in connection with his cooperation with federal authorities in Rhode Island after he was arrested and charged with racketeering in 2011. 

After reaching an agreement with prosecutors, he plead guilty to a single count of racketeering conspiracy. Part of this – and any such – agreement was that DeLuca was required to provide “complete and truthful” information about his colleagues in the underworld and all crimes committed in exchange for a recommendation for a lower sentence. Back in 2011, he claimed he was complete and truthful and as a result, in 2014, was sentenced to just one day in prison.

One would think that DeLuca and the FBI had no secrets for each other. The FBI has had an eye and ear on DeLuca since he started out in the New England family. They even bugged his induction into La Cosa Nostra.

READ: FBI releases audio of Boston Mafia induction ceremony

Furthermore, mob boss Frank Salemme had become a government witness as well, years earlier even. He too did not mention the murder and subsequent disposal of the body. Prosecutors indicted the former Mafia boss in 2004, hitting him with the same charges DeLuca faces now. Salemme was sentenced to 5 years in prison. His son passed away in 1995.

If convicted, DeLuca faces a sentence of 10 years in prison for obstruction of justice and 5 years behind bars for making false statements. Both crimes could earn him 3 years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. 

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