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September 2006

 

Trash hauler pleads guilty to racketeering charge

Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that David Magel of Baldwin Place, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Magel is the general manager at CRP Carting, a carting company located in Elmsford, New York.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, Magel admitted that he conspired to perpetuate a system, commonly called the “property rights system.” In this scheme, which was principally directed at commercial and municipal customers, participating carters agreed to quote inflated prices to customers controlled by other carters. Magel admitted that he participated in the affairs of the enterprise by agreeing to respect the unwritten rules of the property rights system.

On June 8, 2006, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an Indictment charging Magel and several other individuals and businesses on various charges stemming from a long-term investigation in the waste-hauling industry in Connecticut and eastern New York.

Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for October 25, 2006, at which time Magel will face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.


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