Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo has definitely had her share of bad luck in the last few years.
As fans recall, back in 2017 Dina was living in New Jersey with David Cantin (her then-boyfriend and now husband). On May 14th of that year, they arrived home late in the evening to find thieves insider their home. They reportedly hit David with a baseball bat and punched Dina, eventually tying the couple up. They then stole jewelry and money from the home before getting away. Eventually, David broke free and called the police.
At the time of this incident, their attorney Andrew B. Brettler told People that “Dina and David are obviously shaken up from the traumatic and violent home invasion and robbery. No one should ever have to go through what they did. They are grateful to law enforcement and the other emergency responders and appreciate everyone’s concern and well-wishes.”
While not much has come out about this incident since then, a shocking report today has confirmed that Dina’s ex-husband, Tommy Manzo, who she was married to when she began her stint on The Real Housewives of New Jersey was actually behind a DIFFERENT attempted assault on David back in 2015!
According to a breaking report from ABC 7, Tommy and John Perna, a man linked to the Lucchese-mob were arrested today. The report notes that Tommy hired John to attack David back in 2015.
ABC 7 notes that both Tommy and John were “charged with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity” and “conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity.”
Interestingly, the report claims that Tommy hired John to do this work in exchange for John having a (much price reduced) wedding reception at The Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson, New Jersey, which Tommy owns with his brother, Al Manzo (husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo).
The report also reveals that federal grand jury subpoenas had been sent to The Brownstone Restaurant asking for documents pertaining to John’s wedding reception, but Tommy not only failed to turn over the documents that were requested but also allegedly submitted a false document. This led to him also being charged with “falsifying and concealing records related to the federal investigation of the violent crime.”
The FBI ended up getting a search warrant approved at The Brownstone in November of last year and, at that point, found the documents they had been looking for.
They could both be looking at some hefty prison time and fees for what they did, as the charge of the “violent crime in aid of racketeering” carries a potential 20-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine. The charge of the “conspiracy to commit the violent crime in aid of racketeering” carries a potential 3-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Finally, the “falsifying records related to a federal investigation” carries a potential 20-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
At this point, Dina (and her family) have not made any statements related to the arrests and charges.