Roslynn Mauskopf, U.S. Attny. for the East. Dist. of N.Y., announced on Nov. 8 that Thomas McGuire, former vice president of the Intl. Union of Operating Engineers and business manager of Local 15, pled guilty to receiving unlawful labor payments in violation of the Taft Hartley Act. Daniel Murphy and Thomas McNamara, former business agents of Local 15, pled guilty to racketeering based on mail fraud and receiving unlawful labor payments in violation of the Taft Hartley Act. And Local 15 member Anthony Quaranta pleaded guilty to mail fraud.
The guilty pleas arise out of a broad investigation into organized crime’s corrupt influence in the construction industry in the N.Y.C. metropolitan area, which, to date, has resulted in the convictions of 21 defendants, including the underboss of the Colombo organized crime family, John J. DeRoss, Colombo family soldier Vincent Ricciardo, six Colombo family associates, three union officials and five union members, for their respective roles in conspiring to extort Locals 14 and 15, scheming to defraud at various job sites throughout the Eastern District of New York, and receiving unlawful labor payments. The guilty plea proceedings were conducted before U.S. Dist. Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. (E.D., NY, G.H.W. Bush) in Brooklyn, New York.
McGuire, who was the top official of Local 15 from 1975 until shortly after his indictment, admitted receiving unlawful labor payments from construction contractors. Murphy, a Local 15 official from 1975 until May 2003, and McNamara, a Local 15 official from 1993 until just after his indictment, pled guilty to charges stemming from schemes to defraud construction contractors involving no-show jobs given to union members, including Quaranta, at various job sites, such as the Brooklyn General Post Office, Staten Island Yankee Stadium, Coney Island Mets Stadium and Public School 58 in Staten Island.
“Today’s convictions demonstrate our resolve to rid labor unions of corruption from the influence of organized crime and from the criminal activities of union officials who profit illegally at the expense of the union members they are duty-bound to represent,” stated United States Attorney Mauskopf. Mauskopf praised the joint effort and cooperation by J. Christopher Prather, Director of the New York Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force, Gordon Heddell, Inspector General, United States Department of Labor, Pasquale J. D’Amuro, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department. [U.S.A.O., E.D., NY, 11/8/04]