Ex-husband of ‘Actual Housewives’ star Dina Manzo arrested for plotting assault in opposition to her husband, racketeering
Thomas Manzo, the ex-husband of Dina Manzo from the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” was arrested on Tuesday in New Jersey together with a member of the Lucchese crime household on charges of assault and racketeering.
In a press launch obtained by Fox Information, U.S. Legal professional for the District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito introduced that Manzo, 55, of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and John Perna, 43, of Cedar Grove, N.J., are accused of planning and carrying out an assault of Dina’s present husband, Dave Cantin, in alternate for a “lavish” wedding ceremony reception for Perna at a reduced worth.
Manzo and Perna are every charged by indictment with committing a violent crime in assist of racketeering exercise and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in assist of racketeering exercise.
The indictment additionally costs Perna — described as a “soldier within the Lucchese Crime Household” — with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud associated to the submission of a false automotive insurance coverage declare. Manzo was moreover charged with falsifying and concealing information associated to the federal investigation of the crime.
In line with the discharge, courtroom paperwork describe Manzo as a co-owner of the Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson, N.J., who employed Perna in 2015 to assault Cantin in alternate for a “discounted” wedding ceremony reception on the venue.
Perna allegedly deliberate and carried out the assault in July 2015. He then threw a lavish wedding ceremony reception on the Brownstone at a less expensive worth paid for by an affiliate of the Lucchese household, the discharge states, citing courtroom paperwork.
“The marriage and reception, held in August 2015, have been attended by roughly 330 folks and included many members of the Lucchese Crime Household,” the doc reads.
Manzo’s extra cost of falsifying and concealing information is said to the federal investigation of the July 2015 assault and paperwork associated to Perna’s August 2015 wedding ceremony reception.
“Manzo failed to show over related paperwork in response to these subpoenas and intentionally submitted a false doc relating to the reception to the federal government, together with a false certification. In November 2019, brokers with the FBI executed a search warrant on the Brownstone Restaurant and seized invoices for the August 2015 Perna wedding ceremony reception and different related paperwork that weren’t beforehand turned over,” the U.S. Legal professional District of New Jersey’s Workplace states within the launch.
Moreover, previous to starting a state jail sentence in January 2016, the discharge states that Perna is accused of falsely reporting his Mercedes Benz was stolen and set on fireplace. He then filed an insurance coverage declare for the Mercedes to make up for the stability due on the Mercedes Benz. In line with the U.S. Legal professional District of New Jersey’s Workplace, Perna allegedly staged the automobile theft and arson together with different members of the Lucchese household.
Manzo and Perna may resist 20 years in jail and a $250,000 positive for the racketeering costs in opposition to them. Each defendants made appearances on Tuesday by way of videoconference earlier than U.S. Justice of the Peace Choose Cathy L. Waldor.
Dina appeared on 4 seasons of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” earlier than formally departing in 2015 to relocate to California, the place she married Cantin in 2017.
She has one daughter, Lexi Ioannou, from a earlier relationship.
Dina’s sister, Caroline Manzo, additionally appeared on the fact sequence. She’s married to Albert Manzo, Thomas’s brother, who’s a co-owner of the Brownstone.