Mobster Pleads Guilty in Extortion Case Threatened to Decapitate Business Owner

Written by:
Guest
Published on:
Nov/06/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — One of five reputed mobsters from western Massachusetts who were charged in connection with an extortion case has pleaded guilty in federal court.

The Republican reports 50-year-old Ralph Santaniello, of Longmeadow, pleaded guilty Monday in Worcester to charges that include extortion. He faces more than six years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 29.

Santaniello was arrested in August 2016 along with close to 40 alleged members of various organized crime families following a large-scale crime bust. He was charged with gambling and other extortion-related offenses.

Prosecutors say Santaniello and another mobster extorted the owner of a local towing business. Authorities say the men allegedly threatened to decapitate and bury the body of the tow company owner unless he paid $50,000.

A co-defendant is expected to also plead guilty Monday.

Gambling News

Police Officers Indicted in Gambling Case Believed Tied to Poker Pro

Federal prosecutors are accusing a current Wichita police officer and a former officer of obstruction of justice for their roles in identifying a suspected undercover officer who was investigating illegal gambling.

Couple Who Ran Illegal Sports Betting Ring Sentenced to a Year

Couple Who Ran Illegal Sports Betting Ring Sentenced to a Year

The husband and wife tandem that ran an illegal sports betting ring out of St. Louis, Missouri between the years 2008 and 2014 have been sentenced to one year behind bars.

Ladbrokes on Hot Seat After Imposing £800 'Dormancy' Fees

Ladbrokes on Hot Seat After Imposing £800 'Dormancy' Fees

A punter claims he has been waiting since 2014 to be paid by Ladbrokes and now they are trying to tack on a "dormancy" fee totalling £800.

Vegas Gambling Revenue Hits All Time Low

Generating $26 billion in total revenue, Nevada gaming regulators say it is a new record low for Vegas.

ThePOGG releases Affiliate Program Value Report 2017

ThePOGG.com is proud to announce their affiliate program value report for 2017. The purpose of the report is to share with the webmaster community and gain an insight as to which affiliate programs perform the best and ones that are below average.

Syndicate