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    Debt collector’s thumb persuasion

    The unique employee relations policies of Daniel Provenzano (1965- ) of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, might have been the inspiration for his debut as a filmmaker. In pleading guilty to two counts of racketeering and failure to file a state income tax — of a 44-count indictment — Provenzano described how he handled the case of an employee who, he said, had stolen $9,000.

    It was December 1996, and Provenzano owned a printing business called Advice Inc. Provenzano told the sales representative who had taken the money that  “if he wanted to keep his employment, I would have to break his thumb.” Another employee drove the sales rep to a hospital, and in the parking lot used a hammer to break the thumb. The thumb was then repaired in the hospital, and the sales rep was driven home. He later repaid half the stolen money and kept his job.

    Earlier the same year, Provenzano visited the office of a client who, he said, owed him $182,000. The client paid — after Provenzano beat him up.

    Provenzano entered his guilty plea in November 2002. His debut film, “This Thing of Ours,” was released two months later. Starring James Cann, Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore of “The Sopranos” fame, it is a mob film that, among other things, shows how mobsters collect money owed. It isn’t known whether Provenzano was able to view the film from jail.

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