REAL Housewives of New Jersey former star Dina Manzo's ex-husband has been charged for 'hiring' a man to 'assault' her boyfriend at the time, according to feds.
The incident happened back in 2015 after the two had been separated for three years already.
Thomas Manzo, 55, has been indicted for allegedly hiring a member of the crime-related Lucchese Crime Family to assault Dave Cantin in exchange for a lavish wedding reception, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to the indictment obtained by NewJersey.com, Manzo allegedly provided John Perna, 43, Dave's personal information, including his home and work address and vehicle description in order to find and assault him.
All Perna allegedly wanted in exchange for the attack was a discounted wedding reception at The Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey, according to the indictment.
Back in July 2015, Perna and another man allegedly involved in the Crime Family found Dave and followed him into a Passaic County mall, where they attacked him, the indictment reads.
Perna allegedly used a slapjack with "the intent to inflict serious permanent injury" during the assault, according to the indictment.
The alleged attack left the man with a permanent facial scar, authorities said.
Following the attack, Perna was able to hold a “lavish wedding reception at Manzo’s restaurant for a fraction of the price” the following month, which was allegedly paid for by another Lucchese associate and close friend of Manzo’s, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Both Manzo and Perna are charged with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity, following a lengthy investigation which began in July 2015, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Manzo is also indicted for allegedly falsifying and concealing records related to the federal investigation of the violent crime as he failed to provide requested documents related to Perna's wedding reception.
He also “deliberately submitted a false document regarding the reception to the government, along with a false certification” back in 2015, authorities said.
Manzo’s attorney, Michael Critchley, said his client is innocent of all the charges.
"The allegations more resemble a fictional plot of a reality TV show and will be proven to be absolutely and totally false as it relates to Thomas Manzo,” Critchley told NewJersey.com.
Manzo and Perna will appear in federal court via videoconference today.
Manzo, also known as Tommy Manzo, married the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star in 2007 and he was the stepfather to Dina's daughter from a previous relationship.
They separated in 2012 and finally finalized their divorce in 2016.
Dina then went on to marry Dave in June 2017 and they are still together.
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