New Jersey indicted on charges of loan-sharking and money laundering two men accused last April of participating with a longshore union official in a scheme to extort money from dockworkers at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
A state grand jury on Oct. 26 returned the indictments of Joseph Queli and Nicholas Bergamotto, but they were kept sealed until Monday because of an ongoing investigation into the alleged extortion of annual "Christmas tribute" payments from dockworkers.
Arrests last April in connection with the alleged extortion scheme included Queli and Bergamotto along with three others. One of the others was Nunzio LaGrasso, secretary-treasurer of International Longshoremen's Association Local 1478 and vice president of the ILA's Atlantic Coast District. The ILA later suspended LaGrasso.
The nine-count indictment charged Queli and Bergamotto with loansharking and money laundering. Separate counts against Queli charged him with theft by extortion and conspiracy. Queli's wife, Regina, was indicted with him on charges of money laundering and tax evasion for allegedly handling criminal proceeds and failing to report them on tax returns.
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