The former husband of former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo was arrested Tuesday for once hiring a mob hitman to attack her now husband, the feds said.
Tommy Manzo of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, who was married to Dina for about 11 years before the couple separated in 2016, recruited a member of the Lucchese crime family to knock out David Cantin in July 2015, according to a indictment by US Attorney Craig Carpenito’s office.
Dina, who appeared in the first two seasons of Bravo’s “RHONJ” beginning in 2009, and Cantin were dating at the time of the assault and were married in May 2019.
Tommy allegedly paid mob mafia soldier John Perna from Cedar Grove for the assault by giving him a huge discount for his wedding next month at a Paterson food hall that Tommy was a co-owner.
Perna was able to hold a “lavish wedding reception at the Manzo restaurant for a fraction of the price,” entertaining dozens of Lucchese gangsters during the party, prosecutors said.
Tommy Manzo, 55, and Perna, 43, were charged with committing a violent crime in aid of organized crime activities, as well as fraud and other violations.