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LOAN SHARK IN FBI STING CONVICTED OF EXTORTION

A 63-year-old Niagara Falls, Ont., man has been convicted of using extortion to collect a $35,000 loan-sharking debt.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce said Vincent "Jimmy" Mingle threatened an undercover Buffalo FBI agent who was acting as the borrower and another person who was posing as the borrower's friend.

In conversations taped by the FBI in 2002, Mingle threatened that organized-crime figures would come after the borrower if he didn't pay up, Bruce said.

Mingle, a Pinegrove Avenue resident, could face two to three years in prison under sentencing guidelines, authorities estimated. The jury trial was held before Senior U.S. District Judge John T. Elfvin.

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