Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reputed Bonanno Mafia Crew Pleads Guilty in Fort Lauderdale

Six men have pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to taking part in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy allegedly tied to the Mafia, police say.

Authorities said the men had ties with organized crime's Bonanno family, The Miami Herald reported.

The men, all from Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the federal racketeering statute. They were accused being involved in a variety of crimes including identity theft, drug trafficking, arson and Medicare fraud - all to benefit the organized crime group.

The alleged leader of the crew, Thomas Fiore of Boynton Beach, has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial, along with four other alleged co-conspirators.

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