March 20, 1981
A construction company involved in a multimillion-dollar
renovation of a building in lower Manhattan pleaded guilty yesterday
in Federal District Court to charges that two company officers
paid $50,000 to officials of two unions to secure labor peace
at the site. The site is at 405 Hudson Street.
The two men, released on their own recognizance,
are expected to be the chief witnesses in the Government's case
against a dozen defendants. The dozen, some of them alleged mob
figures, were indicted last week on charges involving payoffs
for the use of nonunion workers on construction projects.
The two men in yesterday's action were Arthur
Balaban of Valley Stream, L.I., and David Laub of Old Westbury,
L.I., officers of the Caryst-Bradford Construction Company of
Long Island City. They said they had paid money to an agent of
Theodore Maritas, president of the District Council of Carpenters;
to Daniel M. Pagano, business manager of Local 59 of the Laborers
International Union of North America, and to other union officials.
The agent, known to the construction officials
as James O'Brien, was James Abbott, an undercover agent for the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.