Nicholas Manocchio, a former director of the Laborers' New England Region Organizing Fund, has agreed to plead guilty "to one count of labor conspiracy for accepting cash and other items of value, including liquor, rental cars and gift certificates from an undercover FBI agent posing as a contractor looking for business in Rhode Island" as reported by Katie Mulvaney for the Providence Journal:
Manocchio, 56, of Cranston, is the last of three men to agree to plead guilty to charges resulting from the undercover FBI operation. Gerald Diodati, a Coventry contractor and Seekonk resident, signed an agreement in June and is scheduled to enter the plea July 31 before U.S. District Judge William E. Smith. A third defendant, Harold L. Tillinghast Jr., two weeks earlier pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and agreed to cooperate with the government.
Mulvaney further reports that "Manocchio has deep criminal bloodlines":
He is the nephew of Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, described by the authorities as the longtime head of the Patriarca crime family. In 1980, Nicholas Manocchio, then a student in microbiology at the University of Washington, was arrested for killing Richard Fournier, 24, outside a restaurant on Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence. He was convicted of intentional manslaughter and conspiracy to commit assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Records from the Adult Correctional Institutions show that Manocchio served about 7 years of a 12-year sentence. Upon his release, he ran a sports memorabilia store in Cranston before he landed a job with the Laborers' Union.
W. Zachary Malinowski previously reported for the Providence Journal that "Tillinghast is the son of the late Harold L. Tillinghast Sr., and the nephew of Gerald M. 'Gerry' Tillinghast, two mobsters who were convicted of killing loan shark George Basmajian in the 1970s."