5 Massachusetts Men Charged With Extortion, Gambling

Five Massachusetts men are facing federal extortion and gambling charges.

The U.S. Attorney's office announced the charges Thursday against Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton; Anthony Corso, 51, of Cambridge; Michael Burke, 45, of Winthrop; Robert Conway, 27, of Lynnfield; and Michael Habicht, 59, of Boston.

All were indicted on one count of operating an illegal gambling business; Yerardi, Corso, Burke and Conway were also indicted on different counts of conspiring to collect and collecting extensions of credit by extortionate means.

They're expected to be arraigned at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

No details about the investigation that led to the charges were released.

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