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Jenkins agreed to intervene, but the salesman later said he could not come up with the money he once thought he could get, prosecutors said.
The salesman borrowed the money after having defrauded his employer, Dimitri said. He added that the lender wanted the money repaid, leading the salesman to fear he would be exposed to his employer.
An admitted mob associate, 54-year-old Albino Folcarelli, went to the Johnston dealership where the salesman worked to intimidate him, according to prosecutors. The man was not there at the time of the visit and two people called to warn him to stay away from work, prosecutors said. Later, Folcarelli drove into the driveway of the salesman’s home, prosecutors said.
After that, the man paid $20,000 to Jenkins, and $5,000 to a different person, prosecutors said. The funds, prosecutors say, were withdrawn from a retirement account belonging to the salesman’s wife.
"He hasn’t made excuses for what he did," Dimitri said.
Folcarelli has pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
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