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Statutes and Enforcement, Organized Crime
Finance & Accounting
Pages 4 (1004 words)
JAMES GALANTE, TRASH CZAR STUDENT NAME COLLEGE NAME During the summer of 2008, James Galante and thirty-two of his employees and associates accepted a plea bargain from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, pleading guilty to racketeering charges involving his trash hauling business (FBI, 2008).
Use of the RICO standard is what allowed Galante's employees and associates to be charged; under that statute, even belonging to his organization is a crime (Abadinsky, 2010, pp 369). Galante's organization was a group of companies involved in trash hauling, also called carting. He was the owner of twenty-five companies that among them controlled approximately eighty percent of the waste-hauling market in Connecticut and eastern New York state. At least forty other companies were found to have connections to Galante's organizations, and Galante himself was found to have connections to larger organized crime enterprises (FBI, 2008). One of the individuals charged as a member of this group was a member of the Genovese crime family, a group in New York City involved in several other cases of extortion and illegal gambling rings (FBI, 2008; Department of Justice, 2010). Also involved were several public officials, including a former mayor of Waterbury CT, Joseph Santopietro, “a federal drug agent, and a Connecticut state trooper” (FBI, 2008; News-Times, 2008). Galante's group was guilty of racketeering due to their organization of what the FBI calls a “property rights system” (FBI, 2008). ...
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