5 arrests in Rome for mafia-style extortion

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 23 – Italian police on Tuesday arrested
five people in Rome on suspicion of using mafia methods to
extort small businessmen.
    The five have been charged with mafia-style extortion and usury.
    They allegedly ran protection and loan sharking rackets in the
Alberone district on the southern outskirts of the Italian
capital.
    The usury was not only aimed at small businessmen but also at
other people in economic difficulties, police said.
    Police said the four, aged 44 to 55, were professional
criminals.
    Police said they carried out “punitive raids” on their victims
when they got behind with payments. (ANSA).
   

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