- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 65-year-old New York man who prosecutors say pretended to be a mob enforcer has been convicted on federal conspiracy and extortion charges in Hartford.

A jury Thursday found Edward Memoli of Unadilla New York guilty of conspiring with Joseph Casolo of Norwalk to extort money from a business owner in Fairfield County by pretending to be an organized crime figure.

Prosecutors say Memoli made at least 20 threatening calls to the victim claiming to be a mob enforcer named “Lorenzo.” They say he told the victim that if he did not pay, he would ensure that the man’s daughter, who was pregnant, would have a miscarriage.

Prosecutors say the victim made over $200,000 in payments.

Casolo pleaded guilty to one count of extortion and was sentenced in October to 57 months in prison.

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