The Latest: Mobster ordered to stay in custody after arrest

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Posted: Jun 27, 2016 4:04 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a former capo in the New England Mafia (all times local):

4 p.m.

A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia has been ordered to stay in custody after his arrest on charges he lied to federal authorities about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner.

Seventy-year-old Robert DeLuca is a former capo in the Patriarca crime family. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Massachusetts on charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements. Federal authorities say he lied when he denied knowing anything about Steven DiSarro's disappearance in May 1993.

DeLuca was arrested in Broward County, Florida. He made an initial appearance Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was ordered held in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.

His lawyer, Marshall Dore Louis, declined to comment.

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12:45 p.m.

A former capo in the New England Mafia has been arrested in Florida on a charge of lying to federal authorities about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner.

A spokeswoman for the FBI office in Boston says 71-year-old Robert DeLuca was arrested Monday morning in Coral Springs.

DeLuca is set to make his initial appearance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, later Monday.

He was among the mobsters captured on an FBI tape being inducted into La Cosa Nostra in 1989 during a ceremony in Medford, Massachusetts. DeLuca later cooperated with law enforcement officials.

In the recent case, DeLuca was indicted in Massachusetts on charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements.

He is accused of lying when he denied knowing anything about Steven DiSarro's disappearance in May 1993.

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10:55 a.m.

A former capo in the New England Mafia has been arrested in Florida.

A spokeswoman for the FBI office in Boston says 71-year-old Robert DeLuca was arrested Monday morning in Coral Springs.

Kristen Setera declined to say what charges he faces, noting the case is still under seal.

She says DeLuca is set to make his initial appearance in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, later Monday.

He was among the mobsters captured on an FBI tape being inducted into La Cosa Nostra in 1989 during a ceremony in Medford, Massachusetts. DeLuca later cooperated with law enforcement officials.

Setera says the Boston FBI office and other law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts were involved in his arrest Monday.