Colombo Family Crime Boss and 12 Others Are Arrested, Prosecutors Say

More than a dozen reputed members of the Colombo crime household, together with the mob clan’s total management, have been charged Tuesday in a sweeping labor racketeering case introduced by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.

All however two of the boys have been arrested within the early hours of Tuesday throughout New York and New Jersey, based on a legislation enforcement official who had been briefed on the case. Another was anticipated to give up to the authorities on Tuesday, and one defendant was at massive in Florida, a second official mentioned.

The indictment accuses the Colombo household of orchestrating a two-decade scheme to extort an unnamed labor union that represented building staff, utilizing threats of violence to safe funds and prepare contracts that will profit the crime household.

The prices are an bold effort by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn to take down what was as soon as one of many metropolis’s 5 Mafia households. In addition to the union extortion scheme, the indictment prices a number of misdeeds typically related to the mob, together with drug trafficking, cash laundering, mortgage sharking and falsifying federal-labor-safety paperwork.

In a courtroom submitting, prosecutors described a collection of intercepted calls amongst members of the group, writing that the recordings “unequivocally make clear that the Colombo crime family is thriving and continues to engage in various crimes.” Prosecutors are searching for the detention of many of the defendants, who’re slated to seem earlier than a decide Tuesday afternoon.

William Okay. Rashbaum contributed reporting.