BOSTON - A Randolph man pleaded guilty today in federal court to conspiring to violate the RICO statute.
Franklin M. Goldman, 69, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodock to racketeering conspiracy. Goldman was a member of the “Deleo Crew,” headed by Ralph F. DeLeo, the former “street boss” of the Colombo Family of La Cosa Nostra. The Deleo Crew was a criminal enterprise based in Somerville, which engaged in the importation, trafficking, and distribution of narcotics and controlled substances, including marijuana; extortion; loan sharking; and interstate and foreign travel in aid of racketeering. The Deleo Crew operated principally in Massachusetts, Arkansas, Florida and New York.
In particular, the government would have proven that Goldman:
• attempted to collect an extension of credit by extortionate means in Canton, Massachusetts, on March 11, 2009;
• conspired with other members of the DeLeo Crew to administer a beating to the financial advisor of the businessman’s brother, with whom he had a dispute; and
• conspired to import 250 pounds of marijuana from Canada.
La Cosa Nostra is a criminal organization that operates in various parts of the United States and Canada through entities known as “families.” The five most powerful families of LCN are based in New York City and the Colombo Family is one of those five families. The Deleo Crew was a separate entity from the Colombo Family. Deleo used the criminal activities of the Deleo Crew to increase and maintain his status in the Colombo Family.
Judge Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Aug. 29, 2012. Goldman faces up to 20 years of in prison, to be followed up to three years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy E. Moran and Laura Kaplan of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.
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