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New York Trucking Firm Owners, Steward Indicted for Theft from Teamsters Local

Hauling truckLocal 282 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for many years operated as a Mafia branch office. But though federal prosecutors have succeeded in removing the mob presence, the union apparently still provides its share of opportunities of self-enrichment at the expense of members. On March 8, five persons involved in hauling operations for New York City-area construction projects were indicted in Brooklyn, N.Y. federal court for embezzlement, fraud and unlawful payments. The five-count indictment charges these scams deprived the union of more than $5 million in benefit contributions.

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