Mob associate who became rancher faces sentencing
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston mob associate who spent years on the run as a cattle rancher has told a judge he has no way to pay a $3 million forfeiture judgment sought by prosecutors.
Enrico Ponzo was convicted in November of several federal crimes, including the 1989 attempted killing of Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, who later became the boss of the New England Mafia. Ponzo fled Massachusetts in 1994 and spent a decade as a cattle rancher in Idaho.
Prosecutors have recommended a 40-year sentence. Ponzo says he should get no more than 15 years.
The government seized $100,000 in cash and $65,000 in gold coins from his home. Those assets would be deducted from the total forfeiture order.
A judge said he would announce his ruling when Ponzo is sentenced Monday.