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Friday, March 9, 2012

Longshoreman pleads guilty in Brooklyn to lying about mob kickbacks

A crooked longshoreman admitted yesterday that he lied under oath when he denied discussing Christmastime kickbacks to the mob in exchange for plum assignments on the docks of New York and New Jersey.
Miguel Salgado, a “gang boss” at the Port Newark Container Terminal, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by lying to a Brooklyn federal grand jury investigating the mob’s influence on the ports.
Salgado — who works at the same terminal as Vincent “Chin” Gigante’s highly paid, under-worked nephew — had told the grand jury that he’d never talked about union members kicking back their end-of-year bonuses to organized-crime bosses.
That wasn’t true.
He admitted having conversations about International Longshoreman’s Association members paying “Christmases” — the union’s nickname for the December bonuses — to the mob for work, he told the judge yesterday.
“I lied to the grand jury. That was dumb,” Salgado told Brooklyn federal Judge Eric Vitaliano.
As The Post reported Monday, a group of longshoreman — including some relatives of mobsters — are being paid to work more than 24 hours a day seven days a week on the waterfront.
The astronomical salaries are the result of onerous union rules and unwritten special deals agreed to by the container terminals that employ the workers.
Salgado, who faces 10 to 16 months in prison when sentenced, earned $230,651 last year working the docks, a hefty figure considering his base rate is only $32 an hour.
That salary includes his $20,000 annual “Christmas” bonus.
The Waterfront Commission, which regulates dock workers, stripped him of his license following his arrest.


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