For Immediate Release - March 15, 2013

Alleged Mob Captain Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison in Connection with Loan Sharking, Extortion

BOSTON – The leader of a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise in Eastern Massachusetts has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 12 years in state prison in connection with loan sharking and extortion, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

Mark Rossetti, 53, of East Boston, pleaded guilty today in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of Attempted Extortion, Conspiracy to Commit Attempted Extortion, and Criminal Usury. After the plea was entered, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke sentenced Rossetti to 12 years to 12 years and a day in state prison. The sentence will run concurrent with a 12 year to 12 year and a day Heroin Trafficking sentence in Essex Superior Court and a seven to nine year Breaking and Entering sentence in Suffolk Superior Court.

“Mark Rossetti was the leader of an extensive and violent criminal enterprise that for decades threatened the safety of our communities,” said AG Coakley. “This sentence today is an important step in our efforts to combat organized crime. Thanks to collaboration between our office, the Essex District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police, Rossetti and many of his associates have been taken off our streets and are no longer threats to public safety.”

Today’s sentence is the result of a multi-agency targeted investigation into a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts. The investigation began in 2009 and was conducted jointly by the Attorney General’s Office, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Special Service Section.

In October 2010, AG Coakley, DA Blodgett, and retired Colonel Marian J. McGovern, former superintendent of the State Police, announced the indictments of 31 individuals in connection with this highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that involved extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. 

The suspected leader of the criminal network, Rossetti, was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in connection with organizing this criminal network involved in extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. As the investigation developed and crimes outside of Essex County were identified, DA Blodgett and AG Coakley collaborated resources, leading to one of the first and most successful uses of the Statewide Grand Jury, which heard evidence for five months, much of it gathered utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques.  Investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization and dismantled it. To date, nearly 20 defendants have been found guilty in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Plymouth counties.

 

The suspected leader of the criminal network, Rossetti, was indicted in October 2010 by a Statewide Grand Jury in connection with organizing this criminal network involved in extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. Utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques, investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization.

In July 2012, Rossetti was found guilty of Breaking and Entering with Intent to Commit a Felony Therein by a Suffolk Superior Court jury and sentenced to seven to nine years in state prison. On January 22, 2013, Rossetti pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to Trafficking in Heroin and Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin and was sentenced to 12 years to 12 years and a day in state prison.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone, Chief of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division and Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley, Chief of AG Coakley’s Gaming Enforcement Division, with assistance from Shannon Legrice of the AG’s Victim/Witness Services Division and paralegal Lindsay Bonda, from the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. This case was investigated by the State Police Special Service Section – Organized Crime Unit, with assistance from the Boston Police Department Special Investigations Unit and the Revere Police Department Drug Control Unit. The investigation was initiated by the Special Service Section of the Massachusetts State Police, the Essex District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from various local police departments.

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