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Daily Archives: January 24th, 2011

Billy D’Elia, the reputed head of the Bufalino crime family.

 The Mob’s damage is far from done.  Beyond dollars and cents, organized crime can harm society in other ways. Consider, for instance, the situation in the Wyoming Valley, where witnesses previously testified that former Luzerne County judge Michael Conahan regularly had met for breakfast with Billy D’Elia, the reputed head of the Bufalino crime family, named after powerful Pittston, PA  Mobster Russell Bufalino. Reports  

How influential is today’s Mafia, and how much do its dirty deeds cost law-abiding Americans?

The suspects in last week’s choreographed raids allegedly were involved in a wide range of unlawful activities, including robbery, loansharking and labor racketeering. Members of the Colombo Crime family, who are said to control a cement and concrete workers union, were charged with extortion and fraud.

FBI Director Mueller said, “The costs legitimate businesses are forced to pay are ultimately borne by American consumers nationwide.” To Read More  Click here: Mob’s damage far from done | The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA