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May 10, 2012

Brockton Police Officer Caught in Sting

In a sting operation that was being monitored by cameras, a Brockton police officer was caught and arrested on charges of shaking down an undercover police officer. The officer, who has worked on the force for 24 years, was charged with two counts of larceny from a person.

According to reports, law officials stated in March that the officer was captured on a security camera taking money from an unidentified victim. The police report officially stated that, "at this time several similar incidents have been noted to have taken place between the March incident and the date of this report, which are under review with the intention of charges to follow."

The officer's defense attorney, a 1977 graduate of Brockton High School, said "this is a very serious allegation ... He's very appreciative of the support from his friends and family and by his fellow police officers, many of whom have reached out to him to say he enjoys their complete support."

The full article can be seen here.

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January 18, 2012

Massachusetts State Trooper Arrested for Extortion

Authorities recently reported that a Massachusetts State Trooper was charged with extortion after allegedly getting into the gambling business and subsequently threatening to kill a bookmaker. The trooper has been suspended without pay after he reportedly beat and repeatedly threatened to kill the man.

The bookmaker, who later went to the FBI, became a confidential witness and wore a wire for the FBI to expose the trooper in mid-December.

The bookie told the FBI that the trooper was initially one of the bettors but agreed to loan the bookmaker $24,000 when he learned of his debts to loan sharks. In return, the trooper demanded a share in the gambling profits. After a meeting on December 23rd, the trooper became angry at the amount of money owed to him, and threatened him. In a later meeting the trooper allegedly head-butted and slapped the bookmaker. The trooper was arrested in Belmont MA and is being held in federal custody.

The ful article can be seen here.

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June 1, 2011

Drug Trafficking and Extortion: Former Watertown Police Officer Charged

Federal authorities charged 18 people, including a Watertown police officer, in connection with a widespread drug extortion and money laundering scheme. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that they executed searches in Watertown and Waltham that resulted in the seizure of more than $3.3 million, seven kilograms of gold bars worth $364,000, 80 pounds of marijuana, four weapons, and seven vehicles.

The international conspiracy apparently involved numerous people, and spread over many states including New York, Nevada, California, Florida, and also Canada. The Federal Authorities also reported the international drug trafficking operation was aided by a former Watertown police officer who was allegedly in possession of and distributing drugs.

The Watertown police department has stated that the drug trafficking occurred after he was fired from the department for unrelated reasons. The Watertown officer was fired on Nov. 29, 2010 on charges that he improperly served a restraining order and then lied about it.

The full article can be seen here.

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October 21, 2010

Key Witness to Testify in Corruption Case

Ronald Wilburn, the key government witness in the corruption trial of Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, told reporters today that he would testify. Wilburn allegedly gave Turner a $1,000 bribe while working as an FBI informant.

Turner is charged with attempted extortion and three counts of making false statements to federal agents. Under federal law, attempted extortion is punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, and each false statement charge is punishable by up to 5 years. Wilburn had previously threatened not to testify, condemning the way he was treated during the investigation. Thus far, the prosecution's case has included a video tape that Wilburn secretly recorded, allegedly showing the bribe being made.

The Boston Globe: Star witness says he'll testify in Chuck Turner corruption case

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October 21, 2010

Reputed New England Mobster Arraigned in Superior Court

Darin Bufalino, a reputed mobster who allegedly worked for former Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, will be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on October 21, 2010. He was recently arrested as part of an extensive investigation into organized crime and drug dealing. Bufalino was arrested on charges of extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, and being a habitual offender last night. He had been awaiting trial on charges that he robbed a landscaper in Middleton last year. Law enforcement officials told the Boston Globe that Bufalino's arrest was part of a larger case against 31 people including Mark Rossetti, another reputed mobster who has been in jail since his indictment on heroin trafficking charges in May.

The Massachusetts law that makes extortion a crime is Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 25. When an extortion case is prosecuted in the Superior Court, extortion is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The maximum sentence for conspiracy is the same as the maximum for the underlying charge, and conspiracy can be very difficult to prove. Heroin trafficking charges are very serious. All Massachusetts drug trafficking convictions carry a mandatory minimum, and heroin trafficking Class A is the most severe.

The Boston Globe: Reputed mobster Darin Bufalino due in Boston courtroom today

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