Thomas Manzo, ex-husband of former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo, has been indicted for allegedly using the services of John Perna, a member of the Lucchese crime relatives, to assault Manzo’s current partner.
The U.S. Attorney’s Business introduced the indictment Tuesday.
Thomas Manzo, fifty five, who lives in Franklin Lakes, allegedly requested Perna, 43, of Cedar Grove, to assault Dina’s boyfriend in July 2015 in trade for a discounted cost on Perna’s wedding ceremony at The Brownstone, a Paterson banquet hall that Manzo co-owns with his brother, Albert Manzo.
Perna and a further Lucchese affiliate allegedly adopted Dina’s then-boyfriend to a strip mall in Passaic County and allegedly attacked him, leaving a scar on the man’s facial area.
Authorities say Perna then had a “lavish” wedding attended by at the very least 330 men and women — ”including quite a few associates of the Lucchese crime family” — at The Brownstone for a deep low cost in August 2015. Perna and Manzo are billed with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent criminal offense in aid of racketeering exercise.
Who is Thomas Manzo? Who is Dina Manzo?
Thomas Manzo, acknowledged as Tommy Manzo on Bravo’s “The Serious Housewives of New Jersey,” divided from Dina Manzo in 2012. The couple finalized their divorce in 2016.
In 2017, Dina Manzo married Dave Cantin (the pair can be observed in the Instagram photograph below). She at this time employs the name Dina Cantin.
Dina and Dave Cantin have been victims of a residence invasion in May perhaps of 2017. The few, who a short while ago celebrated their 3rd marriage ceremony anniversary, explained to police that Dave was strike in the head with a baseball bat at their property in Holmdel and Dina was repeatedly punched as attackers stole jewelry and dollars. James Mainello, 51, of Bayonne, was billed with robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, felony restraint and weapons possession.
Right before she landed on “RHONJ” in 2009, Dina’s marriage to Tommy at the Brownstone was featured in a 2007 episode of an additional truth series, VH1′s “My Massive Fat Incredible Wedding” (you can witness some scenes from the show in the tender wedding ceremony slideshow down below). Yet another show on her truth Tv resume is “Dina’s Bash,” which ran on HGTV beginning in 2011 and showcased her function-setting up expertise.
Tommy Manzo grew to become stepfather to Dina’s daughter, Lexi Ioannou, from a earlier relationship, who was also featured on “RHONJ.”
Both Dina and Tommy appeared on “RHONJ” in its very first year (at the time dwelling in Franklin Lakes). The clearly show was a loved ones affair. Tommy’s brother, Albert Manzo, is married to Dina’s sister, Caroline Manzo (née Laurita), one more previous “RHONJ” forged member.
Caroline and Albert and their little ones Albie, Lauren and Christopher have all appeared on the reality show. Caroline and her spouse and children experienced their personal spinoff series, “Manzo’d with Children,” which ran from 2014 to 2016 on Bravo.
Chris Laurita, Dina and Caroline’s brother, also appeared on the clearly show along with their sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita, a previous key solid member.
Dina remaining “RHONJ” right after the first two seasons of the clearly show ahead of returning briefly in 2014. She and Caroline have reportedly been estranged from a single a further pursuing their operate on the series.
Dina is mates with “RHONJ” mainstay Teresa Giudice (who recently appeared in a Super Bowl professional with Caroline, regardless of their earlier feud), who is even now a most important forged member. Dina is godmother to Giudice’s daughter Audriana, 10.
The Manzo family members, The Brownstone and issues about Mafia ties
The U.S. Attorney’s Business says that a further Lucchese affiliate who is a mate of Thomas Manzo compensated for John Perna’s Brownstone wedding ceremony.
Perna, a “made man” in the Lucchese relatives, in accordance to authorities, was released from prison on parole in 2019 on a racketeering charge in connection with a multi-billion-dollar gambling enterprise involving his father, Ralph, and brother, Joseph.
In the course of the initial season of “RHONJ,” issues surrounded the Manzo spouse and children — together with comparisons to “The Sopranos” — simply because Thomas and Albert Manzo’s father, Albert “Tiny” Manzo, was found lifeless in the trunk of a motor vehicle parked outside the house a Hillside grocery store in the 1980s.
Caroline Manzo constantly vehemently denied the loved ones has any Mafia ties.
“In August of 1984 my partner and his loved ones ended upvictimsof a horrific criminal offense,” she advised The Each day Beast in 2009. “To this day, 26 a long time afterwards, the relatives does not know the whys or the hows of that celebration… the real crime right here is the assumptions that are made against this relatives.”
Robert Buccino, previous chief of detectives at the Union County Prosecutor’s Place of work, advised the outlet that Albert “Tiny” Manzo, previous proprietor of The Brownstone, was known to be affiliated with structured criminal offense. Manzo ran for mayor of Paterson in 1974.
Manzo and Peter Campisi, who authorities said was a soldier in the Gambino criminal offense family members, ended up suspected of allegedly skimming from a Mafia-managed on line casino on Staten Island.
“As significantly as his relatives goes, his sons and daughters, there’s no allegations about them that we know of,” Buccino claimed of Manzo at the time. “But the father unquestionably was a participant in the scene with arranged criminal offense.”
According to a report from the New York Everyday News, the 2013 reserve “Undercover Cop: How I Introduced Down the True-Lifestyle Sopranos,” by Mike Russell, a previous East Orange police officer, went so far as to simply call Albert “Tiny” Manzo “the greatest enforcer in Jersey.” On the other hand, Russell’s e book was criticized for errors and inconsistencies, like the declare that he was a condition trooper.
Manzo, Russell alleged, had “made the mistake of consistently needling” a prime soldier in the Genovese crime family members who Russell said was “improperly running” a casino in Lucchese territory in Paterson. Six months later on, Russell mentioned, Manzo was uncovered dead.
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