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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Somerville man pleads guilty to racketeering charges

A Somerville mobster pleaded guilty to federal charges today, and faces up to 20 years behind bars.
Franklin M. Goldman, 69, pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy. Goldman was a member of the so-called “Deleo Crew,” a group headed by a former street boss of the Colombo Family of La Cosa Nostra, a nationwide criminal organization, authorities said.
The U.S. District Attorney’s office said in a statement the Deleo Crew participated in loan sharking, extortion, and drug trafficking in primarily in Somerville, as well as Arkansas, Florida, New York and other parts of Massachusetts.
Prosecutors said that had the case gone to trial, they would have presented evidence that Goldman was involved in extortion, conspiracy to administer a beatdown on a rival and conspiracy to smuggle 250 pounds of marijuana.
Scheduled for sentencing in August, Goldman faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.



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