Carmen The Cheeseman DiNunzio Extorted Boston Bookie

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(Associated Press) - The former underboss of the New England mob is scheduled to be sentenced this week for bribing an undercover FBI agent posing as a state official in an attempt to win a $6 million contract on the Big Dig highway project.

Carmen "The Cheeseman" DiNunzio, pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, as well as separate state charges for extorting $500 per month from a Boston bookmaker.

Under the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, DiNunzio would serve six years in federal prison. The agreement covers both the state and federal cases.

DiNunzio is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors say DiNunzio, who owned a cheese chop in Boston's North End, had been underboss of the New England branch of the Mafia since 2004.


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