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Palm Beach County mafia bust

By Althea Paul - email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - It's the stuff of movies and hit TV series, but it's not something you want in your neighborhood. It appears the mob is alive and well in our area, and we've got the arrests to prove it.

The indictment, more than 20 pages long, alleges 11 defendants from South Florida were part of the Bonanno crime family starting around 2007.

U.S. attorneys say Thomas Fiore, of Boynton Beach, organized and managed the criminal activities of this crew. Fiore is accused of supervising crimes such as money laundering, the sale of identification documents, trafficking stolen goods and extortion.

Six more were arrested - named as associates with the mafia.

According to the indictment, some of them also conspired to commit acts of violence including assault and solicitation to commit murder for money and for the crews objectives.

The indictment also alleges Fiore and others schemed to burn down a business for the insurance money. We actually covered this story back in November 2007. The fire broke out at 'Round One Fitness Center' in Royal Palm Beach.

According to documents, Fiore was listed as president of that corporation. Even back then, fire investigators suspected arson.

If convicted, these defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The following have all been charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the racketeering influenced corrupt organization statute:

  • Thomas Fiore, 46, of Boynton Beach
  • Pasquale Rubbo, 43, of Coral Springs
  • Frank D'Amato, 48, of West Palm Beach
  • Joseph Rubbo, 45, of Coral Springs
  • Kenneth Dunn, 44, of Boca Raton
  • Billie Robertson, 34, of Boynton Beach
  • Nicholas Fiore, 49, of Boca Raton
  • Lee Klein, 39, of Boynton Beach
  • Marc Broder, 42, of Coral Springs
  • Daniel Young, 57, of Delray Beach
  • Guy Alessi, 81, of Delray Beach
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