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

LAWFUEL – The US Legal Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JOHN P. CONTINO, a member of the Colombo Brothers Crew racketeering enterprise, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for extortion and mail
fraud in connection with a “no-show” job scheme at a Manhattan
construction company.

CONTINO pleaded guilty last December to participating
in a racketeering enterprise, known as the “Colombo Brothers
Crew,” through a pattern of racketeering activity. The
Indictment alleged that the Colombo Brothers Crew was a spin-off
of the Colombo Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra. As part
of his plea, CONTINO admitted to engaging in several racketeering
acts, including conspiring to extort a Manhattan construction
company called EDP from about 1999 through 2002.

Contino admitted that he conspired with others to use the Colombo
Brothers Crew’s corrupt influence over and extortionate control
of EDP to take control of most of EDP’s business operations, to
obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for
himself, and to obtain no-show jobs, wages, and other benefits
for members of the Colombo Brothers crew and some of their family
members. CONTINO also pleaded guilty to engaging in extortion
and mail fraud in connection with the no-show job of CAROL
COLOMBO, the wife of ANTHONY COLOMBO, who, according to the
Indictment, was a leader of the Colombo Brothers Crew.
At his plea allocution, CONTINO admitted, “It was
planned for EDP entities to become controlled for the benefit of
the enterprise, [for] employees to be employed in no-show jobs
and to have other moneys obtained for the benefit of the
enterprise.”

CONTINO was sentenced today by the United States
District Judge NAOMI REICE BUCHWALD. In addition to the 37
months in prison, CONTINO was also ordered to make restitution to
the owner of the EDP Entities of $220,832.40.

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.

CONTINO, 43, lives in Hazlet, New Jersey.
Assistant United States Attorneys LISA A. BARONI and
JASON P.W. HALPERIN are in charge of the case.

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