The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey by letter dated August 25, 1959 requested the FBI's Newark field office for "information concerning five or six individuals considered . . . to be the most significant operators violating the Federal criminal statutes." With Director J. Edgar Hoover's approval the G-men provided the federal prosecutors with memoranda on Antonio Caponigro, Gerardo V. Catena, Vito A. Genovese, Louis A. Larasso, Frank Majuri and Joseph Zicarelli one of which will be posted by Friends of Ours each day over the next six. Today's memorandum covers subject Louis LaRasso:
Louis A. Larasso was born November 13, 1926 at Elizabeth, New Jersey, resides at 2711 Bradbury Avenue, Linden, New Jersey and is employed as a general labor foreman by C. F. Braun and Company at the Esso Refinery in Linden, New Jersey.
On November 14, 1957 Sergeant [name redacted], Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Police, picked up Louis Larasso in the vicinity of the home of Joseph Barbara, Apalachin, New York. Larasso was riding with one [name redacted] Apalachin, New York, who stated he had been offered $10 by Larasso and Frank Majuri to drive them to Binghamton, New York. Larasso denied having been at the Barbara residence and stated he was in Apalachin looking at real estate. Larasso refused to discuss his Apalachin trip before a Mercer County, New Jersey Grand Jury on December 19, 1957 and January 18, 1958 [redacted] and the United States Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Improper Activities in the Labor-Management Field (McClellan Committee) on July 1, 1958.
Louis Larasso was arrested at his residence on May 21, 1959 by United States Narcotics agents on a charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice by refusing to disclose the true nature of the Apalachin meeting held November 14, 1957. Records of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, checked June 4, 1959 reflect Larasso was arraigned on May 22, 1959 and pled not guilty to the indictment. He posted $15,000 bond and was represented by attorney [name redacted], Newark, New Jersey.
On May 4, 1959 Special Agents Charles L. Wereley and Seth F. Eikenberry endeavored to interview Louis Larasso at his home, 2711 Bradbury Avenue, Linden, New Jersey.
Larasso invited the Agents into his house, was very courteous, but stated "I do not want to be disrespectful but I have very little knowledge of the law and do not desire to be interviewed except in the presence of my attorney." Larasso advised that he did not have an attorney.
Investigation of Larasso was conducted in 1959 concerning a possible violation of the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947. Larasso allegedly collected pay for two days from C. F. Braun and Company while employed as a general labor foreman at Cities Service Refinery in Linden, New Jersey although he was absent to attend the Apalachin meeting. At the time he was a trustee of Local 394, Hod Carriers and Common Laborers Union, Elizabeth, New Jersey. This case will not be presented to the Grand Jury until completion of subject's obstruction of justice trial in New York, New York, according to FREDERICK C. RITGER, AUSA, Newark, N.J.
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