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Friday, September 11, 2009

Brothers Maddalone Plead Guilty To Extortion

Brothers Nick and Paul Maddalone have become "the fourth and fifth high-ranking executives of Local 1181 of the American Transit Workers Union to admit their roles in a long-running scheme to extort payoffs from bus operators in exchange for not enforcing union contract rules" as reported by Tom Robbins for The Village Voice:

The brothers had been influential union delegates and trustees of the local which was long under the thumb of the Genovese crime family. Until the Voice wrote about his role last year, Paul Maddalone was considered a favorite to succeed Salvatore "Hot Dogs" Battaglia - now serving a 57-month sentence - as president of the 15,000-member local.

Matty Ianniello Reputed Genovese capo Matty Ianniello -- who for decades was a dominant player in the gay bar industry in New York City -- pleaded guilty in September 2006 for collecting unlawful labor payments from union officials of Local 1181 and obstructing a grand jury investigation into the illicit relationship between Local 1181 and the crime family, and subsequently was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Ianniello was released from prison last April.

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