April 28, 1983
AP WASHINGTON, April 27,
A reputed Chicago crime figure, Tony Accardo, "hand-picked"
the presidents of two labor unions as part of a plan that skimmed
millions of dollars from employee benefit funds, a witness told
Senate investigators today.
The leaders were identified as Edward T.
Hanley of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union
and Angelo Fosco of the Laborers International Union.
The witness, Joseph Hauser, who formerly
operated companies that sold health and life insurance to unions
and their members, appeared before the Permanent Subcommittee
Mr. Hauser called Mr. Accardo an "organized
crime leader, whom I have known for many years as Joe Batters."
In a telephone interview, Carl M. Walsh, a Chicago lawyer who
has represented Mr. Accardo, said he did not think there would
"any comment" from his client. Mr. Walsh said that when
Mr. Hauser appeared as a Federal witness in previous instances
"juries have universally disbelieved his testimony."
Victor Kamber, a spokesman for the laborers union in Washington, called Mr. Hauser a "pathological liar," adding that "his aspersion on the character of Angelo Fosco is outrageous."