Bodyguard to Montreal Mafia-tied businessman Antonio Magi denied parole

A former Montreal professional boxer who used his ties to organized crime in an attempt to intimidate police after he was arrested for impaired driving has been denied parole.

Richard Zarbatany, 59, is serving a 303-day prison term he received last year after having been convicted, in Montreal municipal court, of being in control of a motor vehicle while he was impaired. Zarbatany appealed his conviction but he was ordered to begin serving the sentence in April after Quebec Superior Court Justice Mario Longpré found no reason to overturn the conviction.

The case dates back to Nov. 10, 2011, during a time when Zarbatany was known to have acted as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Antonio (Tony) Magi, 58, the Montreal construction entrepreneur who had business ties to now-deceased Montreal Mafia leader Vito Rizzuto. The Charbonneau Commission revealed several details of Magi and…

Original published: 2018-07-30 15:16:11 Read the full Montreal News here

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