U.S. — 46 Charged in Mafia Racketeering Conspiracy

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From the New York Times news article:

…The group, which included members of the Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese and Bonanno crime families, worked together in a conspiracy that spanned from Springfield, Mass., to South Florida, and involved extortion, arson, health care and credit card fraud, illegal gambling and the sale of illegal firearms and cigarettes, according to the indictment. A majority of those charged were from New York.

Federal authorities said the arrests, the product of a multiyear investigation conducted by federal and local authorities with an undercover special agent as well as a cooperating witness, showed that the Mafia was still a force in the city.

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement that “threatening to assault, maim and kill people who get in the way of their criminal schemes remains the go-to play in the mob’s playbook.”…

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