Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Enforcer for local crime ring pleads guilty, faces up to 20 years in prison

A Somerville man pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston today to racketeering, acknowledging that he served as an enforcer for a local crime ring headed by Ralph F. DeLeo, a reputed “made” member of New York’s Colombo crime family.
Edmond Kulesza, 59, faces up to 20 years in prison, and is slated to be sentenced on April 4. He pleaded guilty as part of an agreement with prosecutors, but the details of the agreement were kept confidential.
Kulesza told the court that he served as an enforcer for a crime ring headed by DeLeo that engaged in extortion, loan sharking and drug dealing. DeLeo was at one point the highest-ranking member of the Colombo crime family not sitting in jail, prosecutors said.



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