A Pennsylvania federal prosecutor's office declined to say whether wiretaps or wired informants were used in the investigation of an ironworkers union in the Philadelphia area. Evidence gathered over the course of three years has been used to bring federal charges against 10 members of Ironworkers Local 401. Two of the accused individuals are business officials for the union.
Three years ago, using backhoes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation dug up the yard of a private residence in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Investigators uncovered PVC pipes containing $1 million in cash, and the owner of the home and his son, along with 14 others, were later charged with illegal gambling and racketeering.
A U.S. District judge in Pittsburgh will sentence four men this summer for crimes associated with racketeering. The men, alleged members of the Crips street gang, each pleaded guilty to federal charges - one count each of conspiracy to conduct racketeering activities. Two of the men also pleaded guilty to individual carjacking and attempted murder charges.