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RI man doesn't want conversations used against him

March 14, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—An alleged Rhode Island mob associate accused in an extortion plot is seeking to keep recorded conversations between a mob leader and a government informant from being used against him.

A lawyer for Albino "Albi" Folcarelli said in court papers filed Wednesday that the conversations should be kept out of evidence because they have nothing to do with allegations against Folcarelli.

Folcarelli is accused of going to a dealership to intimidate a used-car salesman who prosecutors say was extorted of $25,000. He has pleaded not guilty to extortion conspiracy.

The request cites three 2011 conversations between mobster Edward "Eddy" Lato (LAY'-toh) and a government informant. Folcarelli's lawyer says the conversations took place after prosecutors say the $25,000 was paid.

Lato has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and admitted to his role in the shakedown scheme.

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