Three Union Bosses in New York Busted for Embezzlement
Three United Food and Commercial Workers International Union bosses extorted money from at least a dozen employers, laundered it and tampered with witnesses in a decade-long racketeering enterprise, federal prosecutors said in a 6-count indictment.
The UFCW Local has about 28,000 members in New York City, in 12 locals.
Courthouse News reported Friday that the defendants Anthony Fazio, Anthony Fazio Jr. and John Fazio Jr. are accused of “extorting, soliciting and obtaining cash payments, in violation of federal and state labor law, from business owners who employees were represented by Local 348,” to enrich themselves and others.
The indictment also claims the Fazios conspired to extort, and did extort, and laundered the extortion money, embezzled from pension and welfare benefit funds and tampered with witnesses.
It claims that they took more than $1,000 at a pop from multiple employers, extorting them “by instilling… fear” that the Fazios and others would harm their businesses unless they paid it.
The grand jury indictment, whose foreperson’s name is blacked out, seeks forfeiture of assets and other penalties.