The New England Mafia just is not what it used to be.
In what would be an unusual move for a man of his rank, the family's reputed underboss, Carmen "The Cheese Man" DiNunzio, is accused of personally delivering a $10,000 bribe to a near stranger, a man who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Some of his underlings have supplemented their incomes by shoplifting, and one aging soldier was spotted peddling electric toothbrushes on a street in the North End, State Police said.
The big break against the mob happened when sentences shot way up. Guys were willing to serve 5 years for their crew. But the threat of 50 years made them sing like birds.
Legalized gambling also played a part. There's a lesson in that.