Six inspectors accused of being mob associates, taking bribes
Metro New York-Six former Dept. of Buildings construction and safety inspectors were arrested yesterday for allegedly taking bribes from the Mafia in return for building permits and turning a blind eye to violations.
They were among 29, including two high-ranking members of Lucchese crime family, charged yesterday with crimes ranging from corruption to firearms and narcotics trafficking.
“I am outraged … These former inspectors are accused of betraying the public and this department for their own selfish gain, and they should be prosecuted to the full extend under the law,” Buildings Commissioner Robert Limandri said in a statement.
The agency has reinspected all the buildings associated with the investigation. “So far there seems to be no safety concerns,” said agency spokesman Tony Sclafani.
The DOB said it will now conduct federal background checks on new hires
Who Were The 6 City Workers?
▶Frank Francomano: Bronx construction inspector, alleged Lucchese associate
▶ Carmine Francomano Jr.:supervising inspector Scaffolding Safety Unit, alleged Lucchese associate
▶ Thomas Masucci: Bronx construction inspector, alleged Lucchese associate
▶ Earl Prentice: Bronx inspection manager
▶ Angel Luis Aviles, Manhattan construction inspector Exel Plass, Scaffolding Safety inspector
▶NOTE : Sixth Person Has Yet to Be Named