Genovese Springfield Crew Associate Gets Two Years

Genovese crime family associate Gerald Daniele, 53, of Longmeadow, Mass., was sentenced Monday (March 12) in federal court in Worcester for loansharking.

Genovese crime family associate Gerald Daniele, 53.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman sent him to prison for two years, followed by three years of supervised release.

Daniele was arrested with four other men in the Genovese crime family's Springfield crew in 2016 for extorting legitimate and illegitimate businesses in western Massachusetts. He admitted that he gave loans and threatened an individual with physical violence while demanding repayment.

The extortions took place during a six-month period in 2015.

 In December 2017, Daniele pleaded guilty to one count of using extortion.

Daniele is ordered by U.S. District Judge Timothy Hilllman to report to jail by May 7.

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Last December, Daniele pleaded guilty to one count of using extortionate means to collect an extension of credit.

Daniele and co-defendants Ralph Santaniello, John Calabrese, Francesco Depergola, and Richard Valentini, all part of the New York-based Genovese crime family, "engaged in various criminal activities in the Springfield, Mass., area including loansharking and extortion from legitimate and illegitimate businesses, such as illegal gambling businesses and the collection of unlawful debts."

Furthermore, "Daniele admitted that he used violence, exploited his relationship with LCN, and implied threats of physical violence to instill fear in his victims," as per the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts press release. noted that while arguing for pretrial detention, prosecutors noted Daniele had a stack of prior restraining orders women had filed against him over the years.

Daniele also copped that during a six-month period in 2015, he extended two extortionate and usurious loans to an individual, and then, along with Santaniello and Calabrese, threatened the individual if he did not make payments on the loans.

Santaniello, Calabrese, and Depergola pleaded guilty to extortion-related crimes. Their sentencing hearings are scheduled for March 20, April 2, and May 11, 2018, respectively.

Last December, Valentini was convicted by a federal jury of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion; his sentencing is also scheduled for May 11, 2018.

Two of the Western Massachusetts arrests were part of the East Coast LCN Enterprise roundup. Ralph Santaniello and Francesco Depergola were both named in New York's "East Coast" indictment.