Five individuals have been charged for their alleged roles in conspiring to defraud the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers' Union in New York in order to obtain a union job for mob scion Benjamin Castellazzo, Jr. at Hudson News according to a press release from the FBI.
Castellazzo is the son of reputed Colombo underboss Benjamin Castellazzo, and in addition to Junior the FBI also busted suspected Colombo associate Rocco Miraglia, a one-time foreman at the Daily News, Rocco Giangregorio and Glenn LaChance, business agents for the NMDU, and Anthony Turzio, an employee of El Diario.
The NMDU historically has had mob troubles, and United States Attorney Loretta Lynch stated that "today's arrests indicate that the NMDU and the newspaper delivery industry are, sadly, still subject to the influence of organized crime."
The union once was headed by Douglas LaChance who was convicted in 1980 on 124 counts of extortion and racketeering for shaking down newspapers and distributors, and Lucchese-acting-boss-turned-FBI-informant Alphonse D'Arco alleged that LaChance was so uncontrollable that the mob once considered whacking him.
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