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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mrs. Milo Sues Mr. Galante

James Galante, the convicted trash czar behind a plot to control the carting industry in Connecticut through a so-called "property rights" scheme which allegedly included the use of mob muscle to quash competitition and inflate rates, has been sued by Kitellen Milo as reported by Edmund H. Mahony for The Hartford Courant.  Ms. Milo is the wife of Thomas Milo who also was convicted for his role in the scheme, and Mahony writes that she "wants millions for what she says are losses she suffered after buying into the garbage business at the heart of the conspiracy":
She accuses Galante of, among other things, squandering profits on no-show jobs for his "personal criminal cohorts." * * * The lawyers and investigators question the suit's premise. The evidentiary record in the criminal prosecution suggests, they say, that Kitellen Milo's ownership interest in Galante's garbage business was simply a front for her husband, a Genovese crime family associate barred by prior criminal conviction from obtaining a garbage industry license in New York. Better still, they point out, among the no-show jobs that Kitellen Milo attacks in the suit, three were created to divert more than $200,000 to her relatives — her daughter, her son-in-law and her brother-in-law, Joseph Milo. Joseph Milo provided some service for his salary. He has admitted being the bagman who delivered quarterly $30,000 payments from the headquarters of Galante's garbage empire in Danbury to Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello, one-time acting boss of New York's Genovese crime family. In return, prosecutors say, Ianniello was expected to assist Galante in the resolution of business disputes. * * * Federal prosecutors said that Thomas Milo was Galante's "silent partner." Kitellen Milo, who lived apart from her husband even before he was convicted, was not charged in the criminal case. She claims in her suit that she is Galante's real partner and that she has a contract to prove it. * * * Kitellen Milo is portrayed in her suit as an honest, if naïve, investor in a notorious business. She says that she and Galante signed a contract in 1999 under which he sold her 40 percent of the common stock in the companies making up the garbage business. In return, she transferred the voting rights to Galante.


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