'Real Housewives of New Jersey' alum Dina Manzo's ex-husband employed mobster to assault present husband: Feds

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Dina Manzo’s ex-husband Tommy is accused of hiring a hitman to assault her then-boyfriend, Dave Cantin. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tommy was arrested in New Jersey on Tuesday together with an alleged member of the Lucchese crime household for supposedly having Dina’s present husband, Dave Cantin, attacked in 2015. Prosecutors declare Tommy employed John Perna, “an organized crime soldier,” to assault Dina’s then-boyfriend in trade for a lavish marriage ceremony reception. 

According to the indictment seen by Yahoo Entertainment, Tommy was “upset that [Cantin] had an ongoing relationship with his former wife” and “planned to have a violent assault committed on [Cantin] that would leave a permanent facial scar.” Prosecutors say Perna accepted the job in an effort to “maintain and enhance his position with” the Lucchese household.

Tommy, 55, and Perna, 43, are every charged with committing a violent crime in help of racketeering exercise and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in help of racketeering exercise. Perna can also be charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud associated to the submission of a false automotive insurance coverage declare, and Tommy with falsifying and concealing data associated to the federal investigation of the violent crime. 

Tommy, one of many house owners of the Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson, N.J., allegedly employed Perna to assault Cantin within the spring of 2015. In return, Perna acquired “a deeply discounted wedding reception” on the venue, the U.S. Attorney’s Office claims. The assault allegedly occurred in July 2015.

According to the indictment, Perna adopted Cantin to a strip mall in New Jersey and attacked him within the parking zone. Perna allegedly “used a dangerous weapon, namely a slap jack, with the intent to inflict serious permanent injury” on Cantin. 

“In return for the commission of the violent assault on [Cantin], defendant Thomas Manzo fulfilled his agreement to hold the reception at a free or discounted price,” the indictment reads. 

Perna’s marriage ceremony celebration passed off on the Brownstone Restaurant in August 2015. The authorities states that the marriage and reception “were attended by approximately 330 people and included many members of the Lucchese Crime Family.”

Tommy and Dina Manzo separated in 2012 after 5 years of marriage. The divorce wasn’t finalized till 2016, after she started relationship Cantin.

Radar Online in 2016. “It was a very emotional divorce for me.” data-reactid=”32″>“Divorce is never easy,” Dina, 48, instructed Radar Online in 2016. “It was a really emotional divorce for me.

“Of course it’s heartbreaking, but things happen the way they’re supposed to,” she added. “It was a long time coming. I think we just both had different ideas of what a marriage should be.”

As for Cantin, she instructed the outlet, “We’re both heavily involved in pediatric cancer — [we met] through a project for that. … He’s just the most loving man. He’s really an awesome person and very caring. He treats my family so good, and he’s a great dad to his kids and I see that, how important that is.”

Dina has a 24-year-old daughter from her first marriage to George Hadjiapostoli.

were attacked in a brutal home invasion. They secretly wed months later, but didn’t publicly confirm the news until 2019. Sunday marked their third anniversary.” data-reactid=”36″>Dina starred on the primary two seasons of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, which premiered in 2009. She returned in 2014 for Season 6, however exited the present in 2015 to move to California. She often returned to New Jersey the place, in 2017, she and Cantin had been attacked in a brutal home invasion. They secretly wed months later, however didn’t publicly affirm the information till 2019. Sunday marked their third anniversary.

Dina has but to touch upon the information of Tommy’s arrest. He faces a chance of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 positive.

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