NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk man was sentenced to 57 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after extorting $200,000 from a Fairfield County businessman, according to a statement from Acting U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly.
Joseph Casolo, 45, extorted money from the business owner by impersonating a member of an organized crime syndicate both in person, over the phone and via text message, the statement said.
Casolo threatened harm to the victim and the victim's family if he failed to make the payments, the statement said. He also enlisted the assistance of an individual who identified himself as “Lorenzo,” the organized crime family’s “enforcer,” and made multiple threatening calls to the victim at Casolo’s direction, the statement said.
An investigation revealed that the victim had made Casolo more than $200,000 in cash payments, the statement said.
Casolo was sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 24, by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford. He had been arrested on Nov. 20, 2012, and pleaded guilty to one count of extortion on Aug. 1.