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Friday, June 8, 2012

Former crime boss Howie Winter charged with extortion

Former Boston-area gang boss Howie Winter, a predecessor of James “Whitey” Bulger as head of the Winter Hill Gang in the 1960s and ’70s, has been arrested on attempted extortion and conspiracy charges.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s office said Winter, 83, of Millbury, and James Melvin, 70, of Braintree were arrested Thursday night.
They are accused of attempting to extort $35,000 from each of two individuals who had arranged a $100,000 business loan for a third man last fall.
Prosecutors said the alleged victims began getting threatening phone calls after the borrower stopped making payments in January.
Winter and Melvin are to be arraigned Friday in Somerville District Court.



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