More than 12 reputable members of the Colombo family, including the entire mob clan leadership, were charged on Tuesday in a large labor dispute filed by a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.
All but two men were arrested in New York and New Jersey early Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials who were briefed on the case. According to another official, another defendant was expected to surrender to the authorities on Tuesday, with many in Florida.
The complaint is a 20-year plan for the Colombo family to extort an unnamed trade union on behalf of construction workers, use the threat of violence to secure payments, and arrange contracts that benefit criminal families. Is accused of organizing.
The accusation is an ambitious effort by the US Federal Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn to demolish what was once one of the city’s five mafia families. In addition to the union’s blackmail program, the indictment charges several fraudulent acts often associated with mobs, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, loan sharks, and tampering with federal labor safety paperwork.
The prosecutor described a series of phone calls intercepted among members of the organization in a court filing, and the recording made it clear that the Colombo family was prosperous and continued to engage in various crimes. It shows. ” The prosecution is seeking detention for most of the defendants who will appear before the judge on Tuesday afternoon.
William K. Rashbaum Contribution report.