Associated Press

 

 

PATRIARCA, 3 OTHERS NAMED IN MIAMI RACKETS INDICTMENT

 

Associated Press

09/24/1981

Reputed New England organized crime boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca and three other Providence, R.I., residents have been indicted in a federal grand jury investigation of labor racketeering, a television station reports.

Providence television station WJAR, quoting unidentified sources, said yesterday that the four people indicted were: Patriarca; Arthur Coia Sr., vice president of Laborers International Union (LIU) of North America; his son, Arthur Jr., and former Rhode Island state Rep. Albert LePore, a law partner of the elder Coia.

Florida courthouse sources, who asked not to be identified, confirmed the four people were named in a sealed indictment yesterday that accused them of violating the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

The grand jury has now indicted 20 people in the labor investigation. Federal officials said the secrecy about the indictments stemmed from fears that some of those charged could attempt to avoid arrest.

After the Florida grand jury foreman handed over the indictment yesterday, Justice Department attorney Daniel Small asked US Magistrate Herbert Shapiro to seal the papers, even though some reporters had already seen them.

"Do you mean that if this indictment becomes public knowledge, some of those named in it will flee?" Shapiro asked.

"Yes, your honor, that is what we are afraid of," Small replied.

A few minutes later, Small asked Shapiro to instruct reporters not to use the names of the four men. He said that premature publication might hamper the government's efforts to arrest the men.

However, Shapiro said the media was under no stricture concerning use of the names if they were obtained from other sources.

Among the 16 people previously indicted in the investigation of the LIU are Santo Trafficante, Anthony Accardo of Chicago and Angelo Fosco, recently re-elected as general president of the LIU.

Trials are not expected to begin before March 1982.

The first 16 indicted were named in a single RICO conspiracy count, which on conviction carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $25,000 fine.

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