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Nine indicted on extortion charges

Nine men from the Chicago area, including a Cicero man, were named in three indictments Wednesday in U.S. District Court, for allegedly collecting debts "through the use of intimidation, fear and violence," according to the FBI.

According to one of the indictments, Paul Carparelli, 44, of Itasca, collaborated with others to collect business debts from three business owners in Nevada, Wisconsin, and New Jersey. The indictment alleges that the debts were owed to Carol Stream-based American Litho, a commercial printing company.

According to one indictment, 52-year-old Mark Dziuban of St. Charles, vice president of sales for American Litho, and co-defendant Frank Orlando, 47, of Schaumburg, whose company contracted to supply ink to Dziuban’s firm, and three others attempted to extort business owners who owed debts to the Carol Stream company.

The indictment alleges Carparelli, or others directed by Carparelli, met with business owners and threatening demands for payment of those debts were made to the business owners. This indictment also seeks forfeiture in the amount of $26,500 from Carparelli.

The second indictment also contains one count each of conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion against four individuals: Luigi Sardone, 51, of Franklin Park, Navneet "Guru" Chawla, 48, of Naperville; Vito Iozzo, 41, of Lombard; and Patrick White, 46, of Aurora, were also indicted for allegedly conspiring to collect a purported debt owed by an individual to Chawla, who in turn owed a debt to Sardone. According to the indictment, in addition to verbal demands for payment, White and another person struck and kicked the individual from whom the defendants sought the payment.

Also named in the indictments were George Brown, 41, Lombard, and Robert McManus, 43 of Cicero..

The indictment seeks forfeiture from all of the defendants in the amount of $26,500.

Each count against the defendants carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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