A long-time New England mobster with ties to the notorious "Whitey" Bulger was arrested Monday for charges relating to the 1993 murder of a South Boston nightclub manager.
FBI agents arrested Robert DeLuca, 70, in Lake Worth, Florida, the Boston Globe reported. While officials haven't commented on specific charges, a person familiar with the case told the Globe that DeLuca has been charged with lying to feds during an investigation into Steven A. DiSarro's death.
DiSarro's remains were found in March behind a complex at 715 Branch Ave., in Providence, Rhode Island. An unidentified tipster said investigators would find DiSarro's remains there. The complex is owned by a reputed mafia man, William L. Ricci.
DiSarro, of Westwood, was 43 when he was reported missing. He managed South Boston's Channel nightclub.
A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration report filed in federal court claims that mobster Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme's son, Frank, strangled DiSarro, as other men watched. DeLuca was allegedly present at DiSarro's burial, according to the report.
DeLuca is a former capo in the New England Mafia. According to the Globe, he was inducted into La Cosa Nostra in 1989 in a ceremony filmed by the FBI.
In 1991, DeLuca, along with Bulger and other members of the family, were charged with racketeering and conspiracy under the Patriarca Family of La Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian criminal syndicate.