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  1. #1
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    Nov 2010

    MA - Enrico Ponzo for attempted murder, racketeering, Boston, 2011

    It totally sounds like a movie!!!!!!


    Three people face felony charges for stealing from accused mobster Enrico Ponzo. Ponzo is the man that lived in Marsing for about 10 years under the assumed name Jay Shaw.

    Ponzo faces charges for attempting to kill Frank Salemme, also known as "Cadillac Frank," a New England mob boss.

    Emery says sometime in February or March the three men used a jackhammer and a blow torch to break a concrete floor in Ponzo's basement.

    They found a safe

    One could easily describe the valuables as a hidden treasure with an estimated the value over $100,000, but that’s only what authorities were able to recover.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2007
    You talkin to me? How seriously crazy are the people that did that? As if they are not going to caught. By other mobsters I mean. They better pray the cops find them first.

    On an aside it boggles my mind that mob folks still bury stuff in their floors and yards.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2013
    This case intrigues me because I live in Idaho. Unbelievable that this man could live under the radar so long.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2004

    MA - Mobster Enrico Ponzo found living as a cattle rancher in Idaho


    For more than a decade, Jeffrey John Shaw was seen as an eccentric man amongst his neighbors in the cattle community of Marsing, Idaho -- a rancher with a thick Boston accent trying to blend in by wearing bib overalls and a straw hat.

    During his time as an Idaho rancher, the raven-haired, goateed man raised cows and two kids and became trusted enough to run the town's irrigation system, according to court records.

    But in February 2011, as he was set to purchase hay for his 12-acre ranch, police swooped in and exposed the rancher as a wanted mobster on the lam for 17 years.

    In a Boston federal courtroom today, the goatee was gone. So were the overalls. And a jury was picked for the trial for Shaw under his real name: Enrico Ponzo. ........

    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

  5. #5
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    Aug 2003
    San Diego
    What an interesting case! Thanks for bringing this here Reader!

    As the trial is in session, I'm going to transfer it to the Trials Forum. But first I want to look up some older articles and see what this guy is all about. One of the articles I read said something about 'hit.'


    Accused Mobster Enrico Ponzo Caught in Idaho

    February 10, 2011

    He introduced himself to his neighbors as Jeffrey Shaw, a man who went by the nickname "Jay." He paid for everything in cash. He bought his house in his girlfriend's name.

    But his past proved a stubborn companion.

    Ponzo couldn't hide his vaguely New York accent. He couldn't keep his stories straight. He couldn't hide his expertise with a gun during a trip to the local shooting range. And in a community where Ponzo was surrounded by wide open ranch land, his neighbors could tell he didn't know anything about farming.

    The past Ponzo tried to bury finally came calling this week, when federal agents arrived at a subdivision in Marsing and shattered the life he had so carefully crafted.

    more at link ......... http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_1...27-504083.html

    Mobster As Time Capsule: Ponzo Returns To Mass.

    March 25, 2011

    He was arrested last month in a small town in southwestern Idaho, where he was living a quiet life on the lam among kids and cows. And now, with a graying goatee, a bald spot and a hearing aid, Ponzo is back home on the range in Massachusetts. Known out in cattle country as Jeffrey “Jay” Shaw, he — with U.S. Marshalls at his side — flew in from Marsing, Idaho. But his story shouldn’t be confused with “Lonesome Dove.”

    Enrico Ponzo, at left in a 1994 mug shot, and at right in an undated file photo at a hockey game in Idaho (AP)
    Enrico Ponzo, at left in a 1994 mug shot, and at right in an undated file photo at a hockey game in Idaho (AP)
    Standing in an august, largely empty courtroom at 42, Ponzo comes back as a time capsule from a violent era in Boston when Mafia factions were killing each other and the FBI that was out to get them was infiltrated and corrupted by the Mafia’s rivals, Whitey Bulger’s Mob.

    “At least from the intelligence we knew [Ponzo was] a very dangerous individual,” says retired State Police Sgt. Bill McGreal. McGreal tracked drug dealers and gangsters as a member of the Suffolk County Narcotics unit in the 1980s. Out of the North End, Ponzo was on the scene at 20, with a reputation for being brutal, hot-headed and wild.

    “The group was known to us as ‘We Deliver’ ” McGreal says. “There were two people in each vehicle and they would deliver packets of cocaine.”

    State police reports identified the young Ponzo as a potential shooter for the local Mafia. One tip off? The cops found a silencer and a rather big gun in his Revere apartment.

    “It was a machine gun, a fully automatic machine gun, according to the Revere Police report,” McGreal says.

    full article at link ........ http://www.wbur.org/2011/03/25/ponzo-in-court

    Superseding Indictment Returned Against Longtime Fugitive Enrico Ponzo

    January 31, 2013

    BOSTON—A Boston man was charged today in federal court with 18 counts of racketeering, drug trafficking, witness tampering, and other charges.

    According to the superseding indictment, from June 1989 through December 1994, the Patriarca Family of La Cosa Nostra (“the family”) engaged in various criminal activities, including multiple acts involving murder, racketeering, extortionate credit transactions, extortion, and conspiracy. In or about 1991, Francis P. Salemme, a/k/a Frank Salemme, became boss of the family. Ponzo and his co-conspirators are alleged to have acted to usurp control of the family by plotting and attempting to murder Salemme and others who were loyal to Salemme or who were viewed as rivals in their efforts to control the organized criminal activity in the greater Boston area. It is further alleged that Ponzo and his co-conspirators derived income from illegal activities including extortion, loan sharking, and narcotics distribution and to have utilized violence and the threat of violence to further their aims.

    It is alleged that Ponzo and his co-conspirators engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity that included murdering and conspiring to murder Richard Devlin and Joseph Souza, and conspiring and attempting to murder Salemme, Richard Gillis, Joseph Cirame, Michael Prochilo, Stephen Rossetti, and Timothy Lawrence O’Toole, Jr. It is further alleged that Ponzo and his co-conspirators conspired to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, and that they committed various other criminal acts including extortion, the use of extortionate means to collect extensions of credit, and using, possessing, or carrying a firearm during or in relation to a crime of violence and a drug trafficking offense.

    more at link ............ http://www.fbi.gov/boston/press-rele...e-enrico-ponzo

    Accused Mafioso on the run for 17 years set to go on trial

    Oct. 07, 2013

    But years earlier in Boston, according to authorities, he was Ponzo, an alleged wannabe gangster, an associate of the New England Mafia who attempted to kill rivals including former Mafia leader Francis P. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme.

    The true story of Ponzo, now 45, who spent 17 years on the lam, much of that time hiding out as a rancher in Marsing, Idaho, is set to play out in a trial beginning Monday in US District Court in Boston. He is charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment that alleges he distributed drugs, laundered money, and attempted to kill rivals.

    more at link ............ http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...GDK/story.html

    As an aside, the photo at this above link of the suspect, looks just like Scott Peterson!

    Attorney bristles at demand Enrico Ponzo shave

    Feds want wise guy’s whiskers whacked

    Reputed mobster Enrico Ponzo will present two faces to a federal jury beginning next week — clean-shaven then full-bearded — *if prosecutors have their way.
    The feds first want witnesses to recognize the accused hit man from his “prominent cleft chin,” then with a beard, mirroring his appearance while on the lam in Idaho.
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  6. #6
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    Aug 2003
    San Diego
    Woman testifies at trial of Mafia associate in 1989 shooting

    Kathleen Patterson was just a tourist, heading to a breakfast restaurant with her family in Saugus, when she heard the shots ring out 24 years ago.

    “We heard noises, like firecracker-type noises . . . my dad got back into the car, and said those guys have guns,” the Illinois resident testified Wednesday in federal court in Boston.

    She did not know it at the time, but prosecutors said the shooting was an assassination attempt and part of a broader power struggle within the New England Mafia that led to more shootings and murders.

    Patterson was the first witness called in the long-awaited trial of Enrico M. Ponzo, an alleged former New England Mafia associate who fled the area in 1994 and has been posing in recent years as a cattle rancher in Idaho. He was arrested by a team of FBI agents and a US Marshals Service task force in February 2011.

    more at link .............. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...yVP/story.html

  7. #7
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    Apr 2013
    From April 2014:


    You may have heard the adage that a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. That is what one federal judge told Enrico Ponzo before Ponzo was convicted of racketeering and attempted murder last November.

    But Ponzo declined the advice, fired his attorney after his trial and insisted he would represent himself. On Monday, the convicted mobster and would-be attorney was sentenced to prison for 28 years.

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