Francis Salemme is not a snitch, says ex-mobster’s lawyer

| May 8, 2012 | 2 Comments

Francis Salemme is not a snitch, says ex-mobster’s lawyer

This is a photo released by the FBI showing reputed New England Mafia leader Francis P. Salemme.

Retired New England Mafia godfather Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme has been a lot of things, including an underworld assassin, but he’s no rat, his lawyer said yesterday.

“He’s not cooperating against anybody and he never will,” attorney Steven Boozang told the Herald.

The now 78-year-old ex-mobster’s name was dropped Thursday at a detention hearing in Providence for the reputed new boss, Anthony DiNunzio, 53, of East Boston, who was charged last month with racketeering, extortion and conspiracy as part of a year-long investigation by the FBI of gangland shakedowns of strip clubs.

In arguing against freeing DiNunzio on bail, assistant U.S. Attorney William Ferland told a federal judge DiNunzio’s associates had told him Salemme was “giving up everybody.” DiNunzio, he said, wanted Salemme tracked down.

“Fortunately, Mr. Salemme is tucked away safely,” the federal prosecutor said.

But Salemme’s lawyer said his client is no longer a part of organized crime or the lifestyle of a wise guy.

“He rode off into the sunset. That’s it. He’s not a witness in this case or any other,” Boozang said. “That was a rumor started by a rat trying to deflect attention from himself. (Salemme) was one of the smarter ones who put that portion of his life behind him.”

Boozang said Salemme is “just living a healthy lifestyle.”

He declined to say whether any prosecutors have tried to reach Salemme to try to convince him to testify in any proceeding.

“He could have hurt people. He didn’t,” Boozang said. “He’s not that guy. He’s just not made that way.”


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  1. RudyJr says:

    New England has had rats infiltrated there operations for years. Guys like Rudolph Sciarra, bobby deluca, the saint, and Rossetti have been working with the FBI for years. Take sciarra he has been giving guys up since the sixtys and DeLuca was born a rat, the saint is a junkie stool pigeon.

  2. PAT2E says:

    he is a junkie too? never heard it but he def a rat

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