Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alex Whiting and Ernest DiNisco received the Distinguished Service Award for their prosecution of Arthur A. Coia, ex-boss of the Laborers’ Int’l Union of N. Am., who pled guilty to tax fraud in Jan. 2000. The prosecutors were among 13 from Boston and 190 nationally who were honored in an awards ceremony July 28 in Washington by Atty. Gen. Janet Reno.
“I am extremely proud of the extraordinary work done by members of the U.S. Attorney’s office,” said U.S. Atty. for the Dist. of Mass. Donald Stern. “These awards are given to very few persons nationally, and the number received by individuals in our office indicates the very high level of commitment and professionalism we always hope to achieve.” [Boston Herald 7/30/00]