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Mass. organized crime boss gets 4-year sentence

March 12, 2013

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A 64-year-old North Andover man described by prosecutors as the “overall boss” of a loan sharking and illegal gambling enterprise has been sentenced to up to four years in prison.

Joseph Giallanella was also sentenced Monday to two years of probation upon release.

Giallanella had pleaded guilty in January to charges including managing a gaming enterprise, using a telephone for gaming, criminal usury, two counts of conspiracy and two counts of accessory after the fact of larceny.

Prosecutors say he strong-armed debtors using threats and violence. Giallanella and an enforcer had extortion victims all over the state who they “stalked, threatened, coerced, harassed and in one instance beat for money,” according to court documents.

The investigation into Giallanella resulted in indictments against 30 others.

His lawyer refused comment.

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