Massachusetts/Rhode Island

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Four
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In the Boston area, pornographic material is distributed and/or wholesaled by the Imperial Distributing Company in Providence, Rhode Island and by the New England News Company of South Boston, Massachusetts.

The Imperial Distributing Company is headed by Kenneth Guarino, who is reputed to have a direct communication with LCPN New England boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca. Imperial Distributing Company is a major East Coast distributor with retail outlets in Rhode Island, Worcester, Massachusetts; Springfield,.Massachusetts; and Boston. As a result of a search at Imperial, indications were found that Guarino made cash payments to a "Mr. Z". It is suspected that "Mr. Z" is Ettore Zappi, LCN Gambino member. Guarino allegedly receives protection from Zappi and has purchased pornography from him in New York.

The New England News Company is. reportedly controlled by Sovereign News Company of Cleveland, operated by Reuben Sturman. Sturman is involved in New England News with Joseph Paladino. Paladino has financial interests in many of the pornographic cinemas in Boston.

Major pornography figure Michael Zaffarano is said to have connections with the pornography business in Boston. His brother-in-law, Anthony Carl Mascolo, received financial backing from Zaffarano in January 1976 in order to open two pornographic theaters in Boston. They are known as the Pussycat Cinema I and the pussycat West End Cinema. During a raid at the West End Cinema in January 1977, detectives found secret records in a hidden compartment reflecting that part of the gross receipts were being skimmed. As a result of raids, Mascolo has been arrested twice and charged with violations of state obscenity statutes. He was released recently after serving five days of a one year term. The release resulted from an appeal for his original obscenity conviction. Joseph Paladino allegedly receives a part of the gross of both Pussycat Cinemas.

Information was received indicating that Hallmark Releasing corporation, 46 Church Street, Boston and Judd Parker Films, Inc., same address, are organized crime controlled, although the individuals involved are not known. Both are owned by Phillip Scuderi. He and his associates Stephen G. Minasian and Bobby Goldfarb were involved in smuggling master prints of pornographic films from Europe. Investigation revealed that Hallmark and Judd Parker import between six and ten films per year into Boston.