The feds are cracking down on NY organized crime families
In an official statement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “Organized crime has many victims — in this case small business owners who pay for waste removal, potential competitors and the communities infected by this corruption and its cost.” The indictments are a stark reminder that though unseen, organized crime groups continue to assert their influence behind the scenes in the search for profit.
“The indictments show the ongoing threat posed by mob families and their criminal associates,” said George Venizelos, who heads the FBI’s New York office. “In addition to the violence that often accompanies their schemes, the economic impact amounts to a mob tax on goods and services. The arrests — the culmination of a long and thorough investigation — also show the ongoing determination of the FBI to diminishing the influence of La Cosa Nostra.”
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The charges against these defendants carry significant potential prison terms, provided the government can prove its case. The racketeering and extortion charges could result in up to 20 years behind bars, while mail and wire fraud convictions carry a possible prison sentence of up to 30 years. With their connections to known organized crime families, many of these defendants could be looking at many years of incarceration.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for similar offenses, or any other criminal charges, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your situation and your options.