Former Rizzuto Clan Lieutenant Arrested For Defrauding Religious

A former Rizzuto clan lieutenant arrested for defrauding clerics

Laval police yesterday arrested Francisco Del Balso for intimidating and attempting to extort the Saint-Maxime religious community.

Francisco Del Balso, 52, who once made law and order in organized crime and was one of the lieutenants of the Rizzuto clan, was arrested yesterday by Laval police for intimidating and attempted to extort a Catholic religious community.

It was with amazement and disbelief that several investigators who fight organized crime learned the news of the #x27; arrest of the mobster by the Laval police, yesterday at the end of the day.

Francisco Del Balso after his arrest in Operation Coliseum, 2006.

CThe latter would have spent the night in interrogation. He is expected to appear within the next few hours to face intimidation and extortion charges.

Del Balso reportedly introduced himself to the Saint-Maxime de Laval religious community, located on Boulevard Lévesque-Ouest. Adjacent to the presbytery, Partage Saint-Maxime, a distribution counter for clothing donated by the public, is hosted by the parish.

This is where the mobster's ex-wife reportedly donated several pieces of clothing where jewelry was left behind.

Probably penniless, according to our information, Francisco Del Balso allegedly showed up to confront the parish priest in order to find the valuables.

According to the complaint filed with the Laval police, members of the Saint-Maxime parish reportedly reported to law enforcement that the mobster had demanded $5,000 a week from them for misplacing the jewelry he still believed to be its owner.

MMore more details to come.

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