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Mattapoisett man sentenced to two years on extortion charges; falsely claimed mob connections

A Mattapoisett man who claimed to be an enforcer for the New England Mafia has been sentenced to two years in prison for extorting a Southeastern Massachusetts businessman, the US attorney’s office in Boston announced.

Daniel A. Spooner, 54, pleaded guilty in December to extortion and attempted extortion. US District Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced Spooner to two years of supervised release following his prison sentence. At the sentencing, a federal prosecutor said that an investigation determined that Spooner acted on his own, and was not connected to the Mafia.

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Spooner demanded a $10,000 payment from the owner of a Massachusetts vending machine business in July and suggested that he was collecting the payment as protection on behalf of a “a made member” of La Cosa Nostra in Providence, authorities said.

“Spooner said that if the victim failed to make the payment, the victim or his family would be harmed,” US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office said Thursday in a statement after Spooner’s sentencing. “Spooner threatened the victim both over the telephone and in person.”

When the victim gave Spooner $1,000 on Aug. 1, instead of the $10,000 Spooner had demanded, Spooner “became upset and made further threats,” Ortiz’s office said. Spooner was arrested on Aug. 5.

Judge Saris ordered a mental health evaluation for Spooner, as well as an evaluation of his claimed need for human growth hormone and testosterone.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.
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