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Grand Jury Indicts Five In Racketeering

Sept. 23, 1981

PROVIDENCE R.I. 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, of Chicago.

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 and Miami.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Labor Department and the Organized Crime Strike Force.

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