April 4, 2017
By Lisa Redmond
BOSTON – A 52-year-old Cambridge man was sentenced to five years in federal prison and must forfeit $68,000 in cash after pleading guilty to extortion and conducting an illegal gambling business .
Anthony Corso was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Casper also issued an order forfeiting over $68,000 in cash recovered in searches or from bank accounts, as well as 30 fake luxury watches also recovered in searches, and a forfeiture money judgment order against Corso for $60,000.
On Dec. 20, Corso pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal gambling business, conspiring to make and making extortionate extensions of credit, and conspiring to collect and collecting extensions of credit by extortionate means. Casper deferred acceptance of Corso’s plea agreement until yesterday.
Corso was the last of three men to be sentenced as part of an illegal bookmaking business. Co-defendant Joseph Yerardi was sentenced March 17 to seven years in prison for extortion and conducting an illegal gambling business. Four days later, co-defendant Michael Burke, 45, of Winthrop was sentenced to two years in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release.
Corso has a 1995 conviction for racketeering and was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 151 months in prison.