Friday, October 16, 2009
"The latest indictment to hit the New York City Buildings Department taps into the usual themes of bribery, corruption and compromised inspections. But it also introduces a new criminal element into the agency: the mob. Manhattan prosecutors on Thursday accused the Luchese crime family of infiltrating the Buildings Department, saying that three of the family's associates found jobs as building inspectors and that others in the family, including top bosses, committed a wide range of crimes. ... Robert M. Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney, said 27 of 29 people named in the indictment had been arrested; the other two remain at large. Those indicted include bosses and associates of the Luchese family, officials of four corporations, real estate officials and the six building inspectors. ... 'These former inspectors are accused ot betraying the public and this department for their own selfish gain, and they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,' [said Robert LiMandri, buildings commisioner]. Morgenthau said the largest known bribe was $44,000, paid by a real estate company to Carmine Francomano Jr. for 'favorable dispositions' of building inspections. Altogether, Mr. Francomano accepted $82,500 in bribes, Mr. Morgenthau said. ... In an unrelated gambling indictment announced almost simultaneously on Thursday, a dozen other people connected to the Luchese family were among 19 people charged. The announcement was made by Preet Bharara, the [US] attorney in Manhattan, and Andrew M. Cuomo, the state attonery general", Christine Hauser, at the NYT, 2 October 2009, link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/nyregion/02building.html.
Bharara, you learned well at Mary Jo White's knee. Forget the Lucheses. Find something to indict Vikram Pandit for. If you lack the brains, I'll explain the "Old Lane Scam". Pro Bono. But I have no law degree, lest an Ivy League one. So? You tell criminals "ignorance of the law is no excuse", don't you? Find something to indict Lloyd Blankfein (LB) or John Mack for. Invoke Laverntiy Beria's, 1899-1953, spirit, "Show me the man, and I'll find you the crime". Are the SEC and DOJ "mob infiltrated" organizations. Ben Stein, my 21 December 2007 post, was so right: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2007/12/mortgage-fraud-whose.html. $44,000? Is that LB's monthly cigar bill? Why is "Lady Justice" depicted wearing a blindfold? Because she's blind to only certain types of crimes?