new york wiseguys still in the businessJanuary 17, 2013
Nearly 30 people connected to the waste hauling and disposal business were arrested Wednesday morning on racketeering and other charges, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
Many of the arrests occurred in New York City and Westchester County, said the F.B.I. spokeswoman, Kelly Langmesser, adding that the charges included extortion and loan-sharking.
Some of the people arrested had previously been banned from the waste industry by regulators wary of their organized crime connections, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said. But the charges allege that those people had returned to the industry through the use of front organizations who acted on their behalf, said the official, who was granted anonymity because the charges had not yet been filed in court publicly.
The official added that some of those who were arrested had ties to the Genovese, Gambino and Luchese crime families. Among the charges are allegations that at least one of the defendants stole heavy equipment from a competitor.
The defendants include five Genovese soldiers and six associates, one Gambino soldier and one associate, as well as associates of the Luchese crime family, according to a second law enforcement official.
William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.