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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Former union leader turned Genovese soldier sentenced to 12 years in prison

A corrupt union leader convicted of racketeering and extortion was sentenced Thursday to 12 ½ years in prison.
Anthony Fazio, 67, was found guilty in May of conspiring to extort $1.86 million from businesses that employed members of his union, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 348.
Fazio was president of the 12,000-member Brooklyn union from 1976 to 2010.
Prosecutors said Fazio used the threat of labor disruptions to extort 12 employers for annual and semi-annual payments, for more than two decades, beginning in 1989.
Before being sentenced Fazio urged the judge to show him leniency.
“I don't want to die in prison,” he said.
But Manhattan Federal Court Judge Katherine Forrest said Fazio deserved a long prison sentence because his crimes were “brazen, egregious and occurred over a long period of years.”
She also fined Fazio $1.5 million and ordered him to pay $2.5 million in restitution to the union.
The jury found Fazio's son Anthony Fazio Jr., and nephew John Fazio, guilty of the same crimes.
John Fazio, 40, the union's vice president from 2000 to 2010, was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in prison.
The 37-year-old son, who was president from 2010 until his arrest last year, was sentenced last month to five years in prison and three years of home confinement.
Both were also fined and ordered to pay restitution.


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