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Feds arrest alleged mobster in probe of garbage pickup industry

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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:34 p.m.
 

NEW YORK — Federal authorities have charged 32 people, including a dozen alleged mobsters and associates, with using threats of violence and shakedowns to control garbage pickup routes in New York City's suburbs.

FBI agents arrested 30 of the defendants on Wednesday on racketeering conspiracy, extortion and other counts during morning raids around the city and its northern suburbs, as well as in New Jersey. Two more were expected to surrender later in the day.

An indictment identifies 12 of the defendants as either official members or associates of the Genovese, Gambino and Luchese organized crime families. The families have a long tradition of infiltrating and extorting trash collection companies at a cost partly borne by paying customers.

“In addition to the violence that often accompanies their schemes, the economic impact amounts to a mob tax on goods and services,” George C. Venizelos, head of New York's FBI office, said in a statement.

Court papers allege the extortion ring controlled several trash hauling companies in Westchester, Rockland and Nassau counties in New York, and in Bergen and Passaic counties in New Jersey. The men extorted protection money from the companies and told them which routes they could use, the papers say.

 

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