Two men were arrested today on charges of allegedly extorting a Detroit-area restaurant owner, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade for the Eastern District of Michigan and Robert D. Foley III, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Division.
Giuseppe D’Anna, aka “Joe,” 60, and Girolamo D’Anna, aka “Mimmo,” 48, were charged in an indictment unsealed today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan. Both defendants made their initial court appearances today in Detroit.
The defendants are charged in a three-count indictment with one count of Hobbs Act conspiracy and two counts of attempted Hobbs Act extortion, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. According to the indictment, the defendants and other co-conspirators allegedly attempted to extort the owner of a Shelby Township, Mich., restaurant from approximately 2009 through approximately April 2011.
Indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation of this case was led by the FBI’s Detroit Field Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Straus of the Eastern District of Michigan and Principal Deputy Chief David Jaffe of the Organized Crime and Gang Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.