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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Alleged mob henchmen plead not guilty to charges

Two reputed wiseguys federal prosecutors say were part of an advance team for the New York Colombo crime family trying to encroach on Boston’s enfeebled Mafia pleaded not guilty yesterday to racketeering charges.
Franklin Goldman, 66, of Randolph and Edmond Kulesza, 56, of Somerville are alleged to have been members of a local crew run by co-defendant Ralph DeLeo, 66, of Somerville - a reputed made man and “street boss” of the Colombos.
The Colombos are one of five organized crime families in New York that make up La Cosa Nostra.
The DeLeo crew was apparently well prepared to enforce its will. From a building in Watertown, investigators seized 11 firearms, silencers, countless rounds of ammunition, masks and patches from assorted law enforcement agencies, according to federal court papers.
Prosecutors allege Goldman and Kulesza “were expected to commit criminal acts, including acts of violence,” on DeLeo’s orders.
Goldman, who is in custody, appeared before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler yesterday with tinted eyeglasses and a blond ponytail. His attorney, Edward P. Ryan Jr., told Bowler that Goldman suffers from a heart condition.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office alleges Goldman arranged drug deals on DeLeo’s behalf and extorted debt collections, with the hulking, leather-jacketed Kulesza acting as the enterprise’s “muscle.”
Kulesza, who Goldman acknowledged with a somber hello as he walked into Bowler’s courtroom in handcuffs, is free on $50,000 bond, but is not allowed to leave his home between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.



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