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Three men, mobbed up with the Genovese crime family, bit the proverbial bullet, and pleaded guilty to involvement in a Christmastime shakedown racket

By Steve Strunsky


NEWARK — Like something out of the Marlon Brando film, “On the Waterfront,” a pair of former union officials and a third man also tied to organized crime today admitted taking part in a decades-old scheme to shake down longshoremen for Christmastime “tributes,” federal prosecutors announced.

Stephen Depiro, 59, of Kenilworth, Albert Cernadas, 79, of Union, and Nunzio LaGrasso, 63, Florham Park, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark to federal racketeering charges, prosecutors said.

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