Wiretaps, prison, death take toll on mob family that inspired ‘The Sopranos,’ experts say

A 31-year-old Essex County Sheriff's officer was charged with sexual assault and official misconduct after coercing a prostitute into sex by threatening her with arrest, according to court documents. Dinis Oliveira allegedly used both his badge and a handgun to intimidate the 31-year-old Newark woman during the Feb. 26 encounter. Photo: Essex County jail

NEWARK — Like many La Cosa Nostra crime families these days, the New Jersey-based DeCavalcantes have seen their mob muscles wither. Death, prison, turncoats and FBI wiretaps have taken a toll on the family said to have inspired the hit HBO television series, “The Sopranos,” experts say. So, the exchange between alleged DeCavalcante capo Charles Stango,…

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