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Second Mobster Pleads Guilty to Extortion in Springfield

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    5 From Mass. Arrested in Massive East Coast Mob Sweep

    The federal indictment alleges the "Springfield Crew" is part of the Genovese crime family in New York. (Published Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016)

    A second reputed mobster from western Massachusetts who was facing extortion charges has pleaded guilty in federal court.

    Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Giovanni Calabrese joined 50-year-old Ralph Santaniello in pleading guilty Monday to extortion-related charges. The men were arrested and charged in August 2016 along with three others following a large-scale crime bust.

    Prosecutors say both Calabrese and Santaniello threatened to decapitate and bury the body of a Springfield tow company owner unless he paid them. The businessman paid $20,000 over a period of four months.

    Sentencing for both men has been scheduled for January.

    Dave Roback The Republican/MassLive.com

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