May 23, 2020 — Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board granted Toronto mafia boss Jimmy DeMaria his request for release to home confinement this week as it decides whether he will be deported back to Italy. DeMaria, 66, was released from an Ontario prison last month after doing 6 years for a parole violation, only to be detained by Canadian Border Service Agents that same day for deportation. On Wednesday, his wife put up a $400,000 performance bond to ensure DeMaria won’t skip town.
Although born in Italy, DeMaria has spent most of his life living in Toronto and has never been nationalized. Authorities in Ontario claim he runs the city’s N’drangheta mafia family and he remains on lifetime parole for the April 1981 gangland murder of Vince Figliomeni.
DeMaria shot Figliomeni in the back and then bludgeoned him to death with the butt of a 22-caliber revolver for failing to pay back a $2,000 street loan. The murder took place in the alley behind the grocery store Figliomeni worked at and DeMaria did a decade in the can for the hit. He walked free in 1992. His parole violation came by attending two of his nephews’ weddings in the summer of 2013 where he was in the presence of known organized crime figures.
The Federal Court of Canada has ordered DeMaria deported in the past, first in 1984 and then again in 2018, only for the sly crime lord to slip out of getting booted from the country on both occasions because of successful appeals. The country’s Immigration and Refugee Board will decide on DeMaria’s deportation fate for a third time in the coming months.
DeMaria headquartered out of Angel’s Bakery on Toronto’s Westside and a financial company he owned called Invicta. He financed his son’s Cash House franchise of payday loan and currency exchange centers that maintained 20 locations throughout Ontario.
After DeMaria’s most-recent pinch in November 2013, Royal Mounted Canadian Police traced $250,000,000 running through bank accounts tied to him in some fashion dating back seven years. Months before he was arrested, RMCP detectives warned DeMaria of a murder contract placed on his head by Montreal mafia boss Vito Rizzuto.
The Rizzuto mob empire has been under siege for more than a decade, a war that started in Quebec in the 2000s, but by the 2010s had reached Ontario’s Toronto and Hamilton mafia factions.The Canadian mob war still rages today. Rizzuto himself died of cancer in December 2013 at the age of 63.
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