LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States …

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANTHONY COLOMBO pleaded guilty today in Manhattan federal court in a scheme to
defraud a Manhattan construction company by obtaining a no-show
job for an associate, PHILIP DIOGUARDI.

An Indictment previously filed against COLOMBO alleged
that he was a member of the Colombo Brothers Crew, a spin-off of
the Colombo Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra. According
to statements at COLOMBO’S guilty plea proceedings in Manhattan
federal court and the felony Information to which he pleaded:
COLOMBO, from 1999 through 2001, engaged in a scheme to
defraud EDP — a Manhattan construction company — by arranging a
no-show job for DIOGUARDI, so that he would be paid for hours
that he did not work as an employee at EDP.

During his guilty plea, ANTHONY COLOMBO admitted that,
from 1999 to 2001, “I assisted PHILIP DIOGUARDI in obtaining a
job with EDP entities knowing that he did not actually perform at
all times the work he was paid for.”

ANTHONY COLOMBO faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’
imprisonment and maximum fine of $250,000. He is scheduled to be
sentenced before United States District Judge NAOMI REICE
BUCHWALD on November 8, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

Mr. GARCIA praised the combined investigative efforts
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of
Labor, the New York State Attorney General’s Office Organized
Crime Task Force, and the New York State Police, for their work
on this case.

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