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Carpenters Union Bribee Tagliaferro To Start 60 Months On Jan 10 & $290,000 Hit US Insists

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 6 –  Charged with demanding bribes to join the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Salvatore Tagliaferro has begun trial before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Crotty.

  On April 21 Inner City Press up in the courtroom published: "day ended as witness described planning with Tagliaferro, in Brooklyn, to charge $600 fees "into our pockets... Our motive? To make some money." 2 big guys laugh."

   On April 28: "TAGLIAFERRO, the president of Local 926 chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (the “Union”), was found guilty today in Manhattan federal court of honest services wire fraud, conversion of union assets, and conspiracy, in connection with his involvement in a scheme to solicit cash bribes from hundreds of prospective members in exchange for union membership.  The jury convicted TAGLIAFERRO today following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty.  TAGLIAFERRO is scheduled to appear for sentencing before Judge Crotty."

 It was pushed to September 8 and Inner City Press went and live tweeted it here:

Now at sentencing of Tagliaferro for his Carpenters Union corruption  @SDNYLIVE . Inner City Press covered the trial. Now his lawyer says charging him for Union's legal fees would be unfair.

Defense: He unionized more people than anyone. He had plans to run for Union President. Probation would be enough. AUSA: Let's talk about the victims -as Mr. Rosenberg didn't. The Union was a victim. We seek $290,000 [approx], from Mr DeFalco too.

Tagliaferro (sobbing) I wish I'd never trusted John DeFalco. I did not know that animal was taking money. Only the District Council has a problem with me. I stood up to corruption. I am innocent. (Slamming defense table).

Judge Crotty: I think the jury was correct. I was a member of the Teamsters. I sentence you to 60 months, two years of supervised release. Forfeit $296,400. Restitution of $145,065.33.

On December 6 the US Attorney's Office submitted opposition to any extension or stay pending appeal. They snark, "portions of Tagliaferro's motion appear to be taken verbatim from his prior submission to this Court." The filing is signed by AUSA Thomas McKay, who has been prominently attending the US v. Ghislaine Maxwell trial. Watch this site.

Back on April 26, after the government's closing, Tagliaferro's lawyer Susan Kellman noted that the jury consists of "11 women and a black man," and that women's weren't allowed on juries until 1957. Then she tore into cooperating witness John DeFalco, quoting him about his home as big as a school - with a dock, no less.

   She portrayed Tagliaferro as increasingly powerless, 200 of his members taken, and DeFalco as the one selling union books. He was in Puerto Rico, she said, "not dropping paper towels from helicopters" but volunteering. Tagliaferro nodded to five family members / supporters in the front row.

This case is US v. Tagliaferro, et al., 19-cr-472 (Crotty)



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