ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles man is one of nine Chicago-area men accused of collecting debts through the use of “intimidation, fear and in one instance, physical violence,” the FBI said Thursday in a news release.
In one of three federal grand jury indictments unsealed Wednesday, Mark Dziuban, 52, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and three counts of attempted extortion, the FBI said. The indictment also included similar charges against Frank Orlando, 47, of Schaumburg; George Brown, 50, of Lombard; Vito Iozzo, 41, of Lombard; and Robert McManus, 43, of Cicero.
The men are accused of trying to extort business owners in Nevada, Wisconsin and New Jersey who owed business debts to a Carol Stream company or an affiliate of that company, according to the release. The FBI said the indictment seeks forfeiture from all of the defendants in the amount of $26,500.
The two other indictments also contained charges of conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion, the FBI said. Defendants were reported as Paul Carparelli, 44, of Itasca, in one indictment, and Luigi Sardone, 51, of Franklin Park; Navneet Chawla, 48, of Naperville; Patrick White, 46, of Aurora; and Iozzo in the other.
Each count against the men carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the FBI said.