BOSTON >> Five alleged associates of the New York-based Genovese crime family have been arrested on extortion-related charges in Massachusetts.

The men are accused of committing crimes in Springfield, Massachusetts, including loansharking and extortion from both legitimate and illegal businesses. Federal prosecutors say the men used violence, exploited their affiliation with La Cosa Nostra and made implied threats of murder to instill fear in their victims.

The men arrested in an early morning sweep Thursday include: Ralph Santaniello, Giovanni Calabrese and Gerald Daniele, all of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Also arrested were Francesco Depergola, of Springfield, and Richard Valentini, of East Longmeadow.

It could not immediately be determined if the men have retained lawyers.



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