19 sus­pected mob mem­bers ar­rested in po­lice take­down

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WHITE PLAINS | The pur­ported street boss of the Luch­ese crime fam­ily and 18 other peo­ple were in­dicted in a New York or­ga­nized crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion that in­cludes al­le­ga­tions of fraud in a $25 mil­lion hos­pi­tal ex­pan­sion and in other pub­lic build­ing projects, au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day.

Mur­der, ex­tor­tion and drug deal­ing are among the other crimes cited in the in­dict­ment unsealed in White Plains fed­eral court.

“As today’s charges demon­strate, La Cosa Nos­tra re­mains alive and ac­tive in New York City, but so does our com­mit­ment to erad­i­cate the mob’s par­a­sitic pres­ence,” said Act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Joon H. Kim.

He said the Luch­ese crime fam­ily’s en­tire ad­min­is­tra­tion had been charged and that the de­fen­dants used vi­o­lence and threats “to make il­le­gal money, to en­force dis­ci­pline in the ranks and to si­lence wit­nesses.”

Most of the de­fen­dants were ar­rested Wed­nes­day and were await­ing court ap­pear­ances in sub­ur­ban White Plains. If con­victed, all but two of the de­fen­dants could face life in prison.

Those named in­clude Matthew Madonna, 81, de­scribed in the in­dict­ment as the street boss of the Luch­ese crime fam­ily. He cur­rently is jailed in Tren­ton, New Jersey, on other charges.

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