FORMER LOCAL 1604 UNION PRESIDENT FOUND GUILTY OF FEDERAL CHARGES INCLUDING RECEIPT AND DEMAND OF UNLAWFUL LABOR PAYMENTS AND FALSIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS IN AN ERISA PLAN
Boston, MA... The former President of Local 1604 linehandlers union was convicted today on several charges including unlawful labor payments and falsification of documents required to be kept by ERISA (Employment Retirement Income Security Act).
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Mark Letizi, District Director, Boston District Office for the United States Department of Labor - Office of Labor Management Standards; and Marjorie A. Franzman, Special Agent in Charge for the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General - Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; announced that FRANK R. RAGO, age 51, of Stoneham, Massachusetts, an International Representative for the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the former President of Local 1604 of the ILA, was convicted of two counts of Unlawful Labor Payments, and one count of Falsification of Documents Required to be Kept by Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) after a thirteen day jury trial before the Honorable William G. Young.
The evidence showed that upon being appointed as an ILA representative, RAGO secured a no-show job with the employer of Local 1604 so that he could continue making his linehandler’s money without doing the work. His salary came out of the wages of the members of the local union. The sentencing is scheduled for April 28, 2009.
RAGO’s co-defendant LOUIS DeSISTO was found not guilty of one count of Falsification of Records in a Federal Investigation and one count of Obstruction of Justice.
The case was investigated by the Department of Labor - Office of Labor Management Standards and the Office of Inspector General -Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Sullivan of Ortiz’s Strike Force Unit and by Trial Attorney Vincent Falvo, Jr., of the United States Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.