Ten members of a New York Metropolis crime household have been charged in reference to an alleged plot to grab management of a building union in a scheme which prosecutors stated had all the foremost trappings of TV reveals like The Sopranos.
Prosecutors stated members of the Colombo crime household pressured the union to steer well being plan enterprise to their associates as a part of a two-decade plot.
The arrests over the racketeering and extortion allegations included Andrew “Mush” Russo, the 87-year-old boss of the Colombo crime household, which is the youngest of the so-called 5 Households felony group in New York Metropolis.
Prosecutors alleged that crime relations sought at the least $10,000 per thirty days in kickbacks and threatened to kill a union official if he did not comply, telling an affiliate on a recorded phone name in June: “I will put him within the floor proper in entrance of his spouse and youngsters.”
Performing US Legal professional Jacquelyn Kasulis stated the costs “describe a long-standing, ruthless sample” by Colombo crime household leaders and underlings to exert management over the union, which has not been recognized within the indictment or by prosecutors.
4 different folks had been additionally charged, together with a Bonanno crime household soldier accused of falsifying authorities office security certifications for tons of of building employees.
A number of defendants had been accused of different crimes, together with mortgage sharking and conspiring to distribute massive quantities of hashish.
A lot of the defendants had been arrested on Tuesday in New York and New Jersey and arraigned by video convention earlier than US Justice of the Peace Choose Taryn Merkl in Brooklyn federal court docket.
One defendant was arrested in North Carolina and was scheduled to be arraigned there. One other remained at massive, prosecutors stated.
Russo appeared at his video arraignment from a hospital mattress, with an FBI agent by his facet. He pleaded not responsible as medical gear beeped periodically.
The Colombo boss was taken to the hospital after his arrest for a medical analysis amid considerations about his age and over accidents he suffered in a automobile crash about three weeks in the past.