In 2015 mobster John Perna, pictured above with his wife, got a free wedding courtesy of the ex-husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo, pictured above. Dina’s ex-husband Thomas Manzo owns the Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson NJ. Manzo didn’t like Dina’s new husband. Manzo asked Perna to beat up her new boyfriend. Its not clear from the indictment whether Manzo’s anger at Dina stemmed from Dina cheating on Manzo. Just a hunch. In exchange for beating up Dina, Perna would got a free wedding.
Perna is a made member of the Lucchese crime family. Perna enlisted one of his underlings to help him attack Dina’s husband. The underling was described in the indictment as an associate of the Lucchese crime family, but not a made member. The underling was unnamed for his own protection. The underling must be cooperating with the Justice Department because the underling was never indicted. Perna was charged with engaging in violent acts as part of a racketeering enterprise. Perna was also charged with insurance fraud. Perna’s underling told the Feds that Perna told him to drive Perna’s Mercedes to Newark and set it on fire. Perna collected $17K on his fire insurance policy.
Perna pleaded guilty yesterday and admitted to the Federal Judge that he was hired by Manzo to beat up Dina’s husband. Manzo is not a member of the mafia. I’m not sure whether it is against mob rules for a mobster to rat out someone who is not a mobster. It is against the rules for a mobster to rat out another mobster. Omerta. Perna’s associate who assisted him with the attack is probably in witness protection. Snitches get stitches.
Perna’s wedding was attended by 330 people. It was an over the top, lavish wedding, even by New Jersey mobster standards. Major mob guys from New Jersey attended. It was a who’s who of New Jersey wise guys.
Perna will get a lot less time in jail for cooperating with the Feds against Manzo. Perna has a prior gambling conviction. Perna was facing many years in jail as he was not just charged with a simple assault. Perna was charged with racketeering, as well as mail and wire fraud related to his burned up Mercedes. Manzo has pleaded not guilty.
Dina Manzo married David Cantin in 2017, two years after he was attacked by Perna. Cantin was attacked with a slap jack in the parking lot of a strip mall in Passaic. Cantin ran a successful car dealership. Cantin got leukemia in 2011. Cantin underwent chemotherapy for 5 years and fully recovered in 2016. Cantin was beaten up in 2015. What kind of a guy hires a hit man to attack a man who is battling cancer? If Thomas Manzo is convicted of this crime I don’t think he will get much sympathy from his sentencing judge. Just a hunch.
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