Vincent “The Vet” Aulisi, former president of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1235 (ILA), in Newark, NJ, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for an extortion conspiracy. Aulisi and his co-conspirators used violence, threats, and fears to extort annual tribute payments from union members as part of a decades-long organized crime scheme to control the waterfront. Two former ILA officials also pleaded guilty and there are pending charges against three other defendants.
The Second Circuit upheld the convictions of three former UFCW Local 348 officials who were found guilty of racketeering, extortion conspiracy, and receiving unlawful labor payments. The court rejected the defendants’ argument that evidence of its reputation as a “mafia union” resulted in an unfair trial. Former presidents, Anthony Fazio Sr. and Anthony Fazio Jr. were sentenced to 12 and five years respectively while former vice-president John Fazio Jr. was sentenced 11 years.