Friday, November 18, 1983
From Herald Staff and Wire Reports
An Atlanta federal appeals court Thursday
reinstated a Miami grand jury's racketeering indictment accusing
four New England men of corruptly profiting from a labor union's
In March 1982 in Miami, U.S. District Judge
Lawrence King had dismissed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organization Act indictments against Laborers International Union
of North America official Arthur A. Coia; his son, Arthur E. Coia;
then- Rhode Island state Rep. Albert J. Le Pore; and labor fund
trustee Joseph J. Vacarro.
The four were indicted in September 1981
on charges of using their influence to illegally funnel union
insurance and service contracts to companies they set up for themselves.
The defendants were accused of charging union
members for the most expensive insurance available and allegedly
"thereafter looted the insurance premiums through the use
of kickbacks, payoffs, unearned salaries and fees and improper
The evidence was presented to the Miami grand
jury because several Florida benefit plans were allegedly abused
in the scheme, which purportedly began in 1973.
When he dismissed the charges, King said
that the indictment mentioned no act of conspiracy occurring within
the five-year limit government prosecutors had to bring the indictment.
In reinstating the indictment Thursday, the
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that racketeeromg cases
require "delicacy and circumspection" in considering
indictments handed up by grand juries. Judge Gerald Tjoflat said
King should not have thrown out the indictment simply because
he doubted the government could prove when some offenses allegedly
All content © 1983 THE MIAMI HERALD