Another ILA official indicted

Another ILA official indicted

Harold Daggett Jr., assistant general organizer of the International Longshoremen's Association and a member of the ILA's executive council, was indicted this week in federal court in Brooklyn on extortion and conspiracy charges. He is the third ILA official to face federal criminal charges in recent months.

Law enforcement authorities described Daggett as a Genovese crime family associate and said his arrest and those of other ILA officials are part of a broad investigation of mob influence within the union.

His arrest Tuesday followed federal charges of extortion and mail fraud last month against Arthur Coffey III, an ILA international vice president from Miami. Another international vice president, Louis Saccenti Jr. of New York, was indicted for perjury last month and pleaded not guilty.

Daggett is president of North Bergen, N.J.-based Local 1804-1, which represents maintenance and repair workers in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Prosecutors said he and Coffey conspired to install themselves and other Genovese crime family associates in high union positions.

An ILA spokesman declined to comment and said union attorneys were studying the indictment.