US mafia sweep suspect accepts plea deal

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The Independent US

A man arrested earlier this year in a US mafia sweep has accepted a plea deal.

Federal court records show 70-year-old Thomas Iafrate signed the agreement on Friday. Under the agreement, he will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

In exchange, prosecutors say they will recommend a prison term at the low end of federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors also say they will seek to dismiss extortion and extortion conspiracy charges.

Iafrate and reputed former New England mob boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio were arrested in a January mob sweep that netted more than 120 suspected northeast mobsters and mob associates.

Iafrate, a Rhode Island strip club bookkeeper, is accused of collecting protection payments for Manocchio.

His lawyer has not returned messages.