Unadilla Man Poses as Crime Boss “Lorenzo,” is Convicted
A 65-year-old New York man who prosecutors say pretended to be a mob enforcer has been convicted on federal conspiracy and extortion charges in Hartford. A jury Thursday found Edward Memoli of Unadilla guilty of conspiring with Joseph Casolo of Norwalk to extort money from a business owner in Fairfield County by pretending to be an organized crime figure. Prosecutors say Memoli made at least 20 threatening calls to the victim claiming to be a mob enforcer named "Lorenzo." They say he told the victim that if he did not pay, he would ensure that the man's daughter, who was pregnant, would have a miscarriage. Prosecutors say the victim made over $200,000 in payments. Casolo pleaded guilty to one count of extortion and was sentenced in October to 57 months in prison.