Crime: Suing the Mafia

Suing the Mafia

After winning more than 30 convictions of top mobsters in the past year, federal prosecutors unveiled a new tactic last week: suing the Mafia for damages. In a unique use of federal racketeering laws, U.S. Attorney Andrew J. Maloney asked a federal judge to seize Mob-tied businesses in an attempt to break up the Bonanno crime organization, one of New York's five Mafia families. Among the alleged fronts: three hotels and a taxi company, which officials say were bought with money from the family's gambling, loan-sharking and drug networks. It was the first time a Mafia family has been treated as...