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United States Attorney
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT:
DECEMBER 15, 2004
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
HERBERT HADAD, MEGAN GAFFNEY

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
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U.S. CHARGES TOP OFFICIALS AT FIVE NYC CONSTRUCTION
COMPANIES WITH MAKING ILLEGAL CASH PAYMENTS

TO UNION OFFICIALS

DAVID N. KELLEY, the United States Attorney for
the Southern District of New York, PASQUALE D’AMURO, the
Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the FBI,
GORDON S. HEDDELL, the Inspector General of the United States
Department of Labor, and RAYMOND W. KELLY, the New York City
Police Commissioner, announced today the unsealing of five
indictments in Manhattan federal court, each charging a top
official with a New York City heavy construction company with
making years of illegal labor payments to union officers at
Locals 14 and 15 of the International Union of Operating
Engineers, and with depriving the members of Locals 14 and 15 of
the honest services of their elected union officials. Each
indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy, mail fraud,
and violations of the Taft-Hartley Act.
 

The Indictments charge the following individuals, all
of whom are principals of heavy construction companies in the New
York City area: DINO TOMASSETTI, the President of LAQUILA
CONSTRUCTION, INC.; JOHN AMICUCCI, the President of DeFOE
 

CORPORATION; GUERINO CAVALIERE, the President of ACME SKILLMAN
CONSTRUCTION CO., INC.; EDWARD SIMPSON, the Chief Engineer of NAB
CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION; and PETER RUTTURA, the Vice-President
of RUTTURA & SONS. The Indictments allege that each of the
defendants have made illegal payments to officials of Local 14
and 15 for many years.
 

Specifically, TOMASSETTI is alleged to have employed
members of Locals 14 and 15 and to have made cash payments to
business agents and business managers of Locals 14 and 15,
elected union officials whose job it was to ensure that
contractors abided by the terms of the collective bargaining
agreements signed by the contractors and the union. TOMASSETTI
is charged with making such payments from 1991 through December
2001.
 

CAVALIERE and SIMPSON are charged with making cash
payments to business managers and business agents of Locals 14
and 15 from 1991 through December 2001, while their companies
employed members of Locals 14 and 15 on various job sites in New
York. AMICUCCI and RUTTURA are alleged to have made such illegal
payments to business agents of Locals 14 and 15 from 1998 through
December 2000.
 

The five indictments unsealed today are the latest
charges to be filed in an ongoing investigation of corruption and
organized crime influence involving Locals 14 and 15 of the
International Union of Operating Engineers. In February 2003,
 

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over 40 defendants, including members and associates of the
Genovese Organized Crime Family and the Colombo Organized Crime
Family of La Cosa Nostra, as well as various construction
contractors and union officials representing Locals 14 and 15,
were charged with, among other things, racketeering, extortion,
and mail fraud, in two separate cases filed in federal court in
Manhattan and Brooklyn by the United States Attorney’s Offices
for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. All of the
defendants in those two cases have pled guilty.
 

The conspiracy, mail fraud, and Taft-Hartley charges in
the indictments each carry a maximum penalty of five years’
imprisonment. The total maximum penalty faced by each of the
defendants is 15 years’ imprisonment. All of the defendants but
Mr. SIMPSON are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictments
later today.

Mr. KELLEY praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Department of Labor, and the New York City
Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.
 

Assistant United States Attorneys BENJAMIN M. LAWSKY
and JONATHAN S. KOLODNER are in charge of the prosecution.
 

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely
accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty.
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