Labor Voice

September 24, 1999

Hartford Laborers Name Two New Defendants in RICO Case

Two new defendants have been added to a civil RICO [Racketeer Influence & Corrupt Organizations] lawsuit in Bridgeport, Ct.

The new defendants are Michael Bearse, [General Counsel for The Laborers' International of North America, LIUNA] & Frank Freeman, [Vice-President of Hartford Laborers' Local 230].

Bearse [who at one time was Arthur Coia Sr.'s personal lawyer] now works at LIUNA Headquarters in Washington, DC where he directly serves Arthur Coia Jr.

LIUNA Headquarters is alternately referred to as either "The Crystal Palace" or "The Vatican".

Freeman was the union Sergeant-at-arms who, under the direction of union Business Manager Charles LeConche, physically assaulted then-union-officer Stephen Manos during an union executive board meeting held on July 30, 1997 at Capriccio Restaurant in Hartford, Ct.

LeConche subsequently sued Manos after Manos turned over an audio tape of the assault & other evidence to the FBI & other law enforcement agencies.

LeConche added other charges to the lawsuit after Manos testified on labor racketeering to a U.S. Congressional subcommittee on May 4, 1998.

On June 30, 1999, LeConche was forced to withdraw the lawsuit after Manos issued subpoenas for testimony [for July 2, 1999] to LeConche & union officer Butch Granell.

Manos, along with Gary Wall & William Cooksey Sr., is a plaintiff in the RICO suit which names LeConche as a defendant.

Other Defendants are :

Robert Luskin [LIUNA General Executive Board Attorney],
Vere Haynes [LIUNA 2nd Vice-President],
Dominick Lopreato [Former Union Business Manager],
John Pezzenti [Union Secretary/Treasurer],
Robert Cheverie [Union Lawyer ( Cheverie & Associates)],
Harriet Roman [Union Dispatcher], Local 230, LIUNA, &
The Luskin/Coia/Lopreato Group [a.k.a. LCL][a.k.a. The Enterprise] 18U.S.C. 1961 (4)

Manos: "We'll see how Freeman & LeConche act after they take the witness stand.

Hoodlum tactics can't be tolerated in any democratic union."

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