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It’s a lifestyle most of us only know about from the movies: The Mafia life.
“It was a great life — there wasn’t anything we couldn’t have,” said Richard Cantarella.
As a former mobster with the Bonanno crime family, Cantarella and his son Paul grew up in the Mafia. But in 2002, their world came crashing down when the FBI came knocking.
“I got arrested in 2002 and I wound up cooperating with the government,” Cantarella told 12 News.
Cantarella faced life in prison for his alleged ties to a string of Mafia hits and Paul was looking at 20 years for racketeering.
Both decided to cooperate with Paul heading into witness protection as his father waited in prison.
“I chose to be loyal to my family rather than my boss,”
Back then, he never imagined he and his wife Lauretta would end up out west, far away from New York.
“My son picked the state. He flew here, found a home and loved it,” Cantarella said.
In 2004, Paul left witness protection for sunny Scottsdale.
“It was like paradise to me,” said Paul, “The palm trees and your pool was open all year.”
Cantarella later followed, leaving the big house for the Phoenix suburbs.
“You know what I notice out here? There’s a lot of money out here,” Cantarella said. “I’ve never seen so many Bentleys, Maseratis … This would actually be a haven for the Mafia.”
Once in Arizona, the Cantarellas traded a life of crime for a legit family business.
Their Valley car washes are also now serving as the backdrop for the family’s latest endeavor: Unprotected, a reality show on the Oxygen network.
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As expected, the Fyre Festival woes continue. A criminal investigation into the Fyre proceedings is reportedly being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, the New York Times reported Sunday. Federal authorities, according to a Times source, are looking into “possible” mail, wire, and securities fraud.
The Times report also adds greater context to the botched Great Exuma fest’s wide range of victims. Blink-182, who pulled out of their headlining Fyre slot in the nick of time “after much careful and difficult consideration,” still have tour equipment stuck in customs limbo. Festival employees are awaiting payment. One restaurant owner, who catered meals, told the Times she’s still waiting on her $134,000.
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(CNN)When celebrities speak, it seems, the world listens — even when it comes to personal and public health.
hey are not doctors, many celebrities have had both positive and negative ties to public health in recent years.
- Gianvito Rossi managers have been accused of racism in a new lawsuit
- Allegedly refused to give tennis star Serena Williams a celebrity discount because ‘the company did not want African American women to wear its shoes’
- They also used ‘racially disparaging comments about Ms. Williams’, suit claims
- Whitney Wilburn, who is black, also claims her ex-manager Grace Mazzilli was ‘hostile to Wilburn based upon her race and age’
- She was later fired without warning, replaced with a younger, white employee
Bosses at luxury shoe company Gianvito Rossi have been accused of branding Serena Williams ‘disgusting’ and refusing to give her a celebrity discount because she’s black.
Whitney Wilburn, who went to work for the shoe firm’s Manhattan boutique in 2015, has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against her former employer.
Wilburn claims her old boss Grace Mazzilli had a ‘racial animosity toward African Americans’, New York Post.