Sept. 23, 1981
A federal grand jury in Miami indicted five more people, including
New England's reputed mob boss, Wednesday evening in a 3-year-old
racketeering investigation into the Laborers Union, WJAR-TV reported.
In a report from Miami, the
Providence television station said the secret indictments were
handed down shortly after 6 p.m. .
The station said five people
were indicted in the case on racketeering conspiracy charges.
It identified four them as Rhode Island men.
The station said they were;
Reputed New England organized
crime boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca 73, of Johnston, R.I.. His trials
on charges of ordering two 1960s gang murders In Rhode Island
and Massachusetts have been delayed by ill health.
Arthur E. Coia of Providence
who is general secretary-treasurer, the No. 2 position in the
Laborers International Union.
Arthur A.. Coia of Providence.
He is a son of Arthur E. Coia and is business agent for the union's
Rhode Island General Council.
Albert J. Lepore of Providence,
former state representative and law partner of the younger Coia.
WJAR-TV said it didn't know
the identity of the fifth person named in the indictment. It said
arrest warrants were issued for all five.
Sixteen people were indicted
in the bribes and kickbacks case June 4 by a grand jury in Miami.
They included reputed Florida
underworld kingpin Santo Trafficante Jr., 67 and Laborers Union
General President Angelo Fosco, 60,
The initial round of indictments
alleged th¢ defendants conspired to conuct union affairs
through a pattern of racketeering activity by giving and receiving
unlawful kickbacks for granting union-related business stemming
from pension and insurance funds
Joseph A. Hauser, a convicted
insurance swindler from California, reportedly was a key witness
in the probe and provided information to grand juries in Boston
The case was investigated by
the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Labor Department and
the Organized Crime Strike Force.