Johnny Wraps is Rhode Island

THIS really is Rhode Island, isn’t it? Dirty lawyer brother of medium city mayor makes contacts in prison thanks to his past links with organized crime.

A friend from the camp gave him the names of two inmates who would take care of him: Rex Cunningham and Blind Eddie.
Cunningham, a tough-guy from Springfield, Mass., is a longtime associate of the New York-based Genovese crime family who has specialized in loansharking, racketeering and collecting debts from deadbeat gamblers. Blind Eddie is a Boston mobster.
The first day, Cicilline wandered over to the prison track to look for his new contacts. One of the guys walking the track was Bobby Joost, a mob associate and career criminal from Providence, serving a 26-year sentence for plotting an armored car robbery.
“Hey, John,” yelled Joost. He hustled over and gave him a big hug.
“He took care of everything,” Cicilline said. “Bobby looked out for me.”
The prison was loaded with wise guys from Boston, New York and New Jersey. Most of them knew Cicilline’s father, John F. “Jack” Cicilline, the longtime lawyer for the Patriarca crime family, otherwise known as the New England Mob.
Cicilline’s new friends were Theodore “Teddy” Persico, brother of Carmine “The Snake” Persico, the one-time boss of the Colombo crime family in New York. He said that Persico, 72, was like a “grandfather” to him during his 18-month prison stay. He also grew close to Giovanni “John” Riggi, the 85-year-old boss of the DeCavalcante crime family in New Jersey.

And they set him up and helped him out. Come to find out, that Johhny C. made a pretty freakin’ good wrap, ya know? So he got some of his buddies to traffic in contraband so he could ” hone his culinary skills” as the ProJo put it. And when he gets out? He sets up a new sandwich shop, complete with a free feature ad courtesy of the ProJo. And I think this is a case of the “paper of record” giving their readers a story they’d like. Hey, not for nuthin’…but I think they know their market.

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Tim
Tim
11 years ago

How does one get a permit to open a business in the city of Providence with this background? How does one get the AG not only to not prosecute but to stop in for a bite? Mayor Cicilline’s brother linked to bad check for taxes Thu, Sep 18, 2008 By Mike Stanton Journal staff writer Lawyer John M. Cicilline, who faces prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Boston tomorrow for shaking down drug-dealer clients, is at the center of another controversy, involving $75,000 in delinquent Providence taxes. Two years ago, John Cicilline — the brother of Mayor David N. Ciclline — gave the City of Providence a $75,000 check on behalf of a client, Providence businessman Nelson Garcia, who owed the city back taxes. But when the city’s lawyer tried to deposit the check, which was written on May 9, 2006, on John Cicilline’s law office account at Fleet Bank, he was told that there were insufficient funds. The taxes to this day remain uncollected. It is unclear whether the city tried to re-deposit the check later, or to pursue other collection efforts. According to city tax records, Garcia now owes $78,658 in back taxes on office furniture and equipment for his business, plus $54,000 in back interest, for a total of $132,000. Garcia, who operates Garcia Enterprises, Garcia Hardware and Garcia Auto Accessories at 577 Cranston St. in the city’s West End, could not be reached for comment this afternoon. John Cicilline also could not be reached. Prompted by press inquiries about the tax situation, the mayor has ordered a review of the matter. “The mayor has directed members of this administration to conduct a thorough review and to take all appropriate action to secure payment of the outstanding taxes,” said Karen Southern, the mayor’s press… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick
11 years ago

Why shouldn’t he be able to get a permit? He served his time, he was released he theoretically “repaid his debt to society”. How long should the man be punished? And this isn’t specific to the Cicillines, as I’m no fan of any of them, but when anyone is released from prison, shouldn’t they be allowed to live a normal life (with the sole exception of pedophiles needing to register)?

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

Patrick is right-he did the time and it’s better if he does something legit,right?
HOWEVER,Patrick Lynch is a complte ass for stopping in for a bite with some of his assistant prosecutors.
If he wants to go to an Ialian deli,why doesn’t he stop in at Anthony’s Deli on Admiral and Zilla?Run by an honest kid with local employees(read as no illegal aliens)and some great eats.
He went to high school with my daughter and runs the kind of small business we always hear being promoted.
Oh yeah,he’s not an ex-con either.

rhody
rhody
11 years ago

Forget it – Lynch is politically tone-deaf.
But seriously, I believe the tax dollars Federal Wraps creates are just as green as anyone else’s.

Patrick
Patrick
11 years ago

The other thing I wonder is whether any of the drug dealers that he shook down might ever umm, come back, maybe looking for their money back. Or worse.

John
John
11 years ago

Let’s get it right, it’s “SANGWICH”
As for the AG, Stan Lee may be good enough, but WInston Churchill said it right, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
Patrick need not worry about being great.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

Lynch(Patrick,I know zilch about Bill)is,as they say about degenerate gamblers,”looking to lose”.

Tommy Cranston
Tommy Cranston
11 years ago

“The other thing I wonder is whether any of the drug dealers that he shook down might ever umm, come back, maybe looking for their money back. Or worse.”
Ha Ha. I am glad someone else had my exact thought.
I can just see the victims cutting out that article now. Hispanic dope dealers don’t file complaints with the useless ethics commision.
They practice “self help”.

mikeinri
11 years ago

I agree that J. Cicilline has done his time, and now has the right to open a business if he has the capital and initiative to do so. I also don’t mind that some elected officials stopped by to support his attempt to forge a new path. What is truly disgraceful is that the ProJo ran a front page feature, on Sunday no less. There are plenty of small businesses that would love such publicity. What might such front page advertising cost? Cicilline doesn’t deserve the coverage afforded him by the Journal.

Monique
Editor
11 years ago

I, myself, am thrilled that John Cicilline has gainful employment: now he can start paying off that $75,000 check he tendered to the City of Providence Tax Collector.

rediculous
rediculous
11 years ago

I think it’s rediculous that he can get out of prison in February and be open by April. It took me 2 months just to work on a lease with my current landlord, then it took another 2 months for me to work with the city to get my business license….and they’re still giving me a hard time about trying to get my beer & wine license. They wouldn’t even let me get my business license until I paid the previous business owners taxes….even though i didn’t buy their business, just leased the space they were in….so DON’T tell us that he didn’t get “special treatment”

forex broker
forex broker
9 years ago

to me? My support, my guide, my counsel, my God!” “Why, some malicious person has put all those forty-nine blue bottles and had never given me any occasion to complain of her conduct;

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