Two plead not guilty in mob-linked racketeering case

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Two men have pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering charges linked to organized crime in Chicago.

Two men have pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering charges linked to organized crime in Chicago. Forty-one-year-old Mark Polchan and 85-year-old Samuel Volpendesto have been in federal custody for more than a year. They appeared Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier. Both men are accused of touching off a February 2003 bomb blast in Berwyn that wrecked the offices of a suburban Chicago video gaming company. Prosecutors say it was a message from the mob warning the company to stop horning in on the video gaming business. The two were among seven men recently charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment that outlines a wave of robberies, burglaries, arsons and other crimes. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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