PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia will be returned to Boston from Florida to face charges he lied to federal officials about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner.
WPRI-TV reports that 70-year-old Robert DeLuca waived his right to a hearing before a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. He's a former capo in the Patriarca crime family.
DeLuca is charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements. His attorney declined to comment.
According to a federal indictment unsealed Monday, DeLuca lied to federal authorities when he denied knowing anything about Steven DiSarro's disappearance. The indictment says DeLuca arranged with a former mob boss to have DiSarro's body buried in Providence, Rhode Island. DiSarro's remains were found behind a mill building in March.