Carmen "The Cheeseman" DiNunzio

Carmen DiNunzio (born 1960) is an Italian-American mobster and current boss of the Patriarca crime family.


DiNunzio was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and became the Underboss of the Patriarca Family in 2009. His brother, Anthony DiNunzio, was named acting boss when Peter Limone was arrested on a gambling charge, and may now be in control of the family.

He is widely known in the media by his nickname "The Cheeseman", and for his large size. He weighs more than 300 pounds, and is the proprietor of The Fresh Cheese Shop in Boston's North End (which may be how he got his nickname) and is the overseer of the Beantown rackets.

In 2005, he accidentally struck and killed a teenage girl who walked in front of his car. He wasn't faulted, as the girl cut in front of him while the light was green. He was interviewed and was very upset about it. He spoke to the family and they appreciated his overture regardless of his reputation.

He was arrested in 2008 for corruption charges that were pressed against him following an FBI investigation. In 2009, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison. His brother, Anthony, is also currently imprisoned.

After Peter Limone's death, DiNunzio became boss of the family.

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