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Prosecutors to oversee NYC construction union in attempt to prevent mob corruption

A union local representing 1,500 crane and heavy-equipment operators has been put under federal prosecutors' control after more than two dozen members were convicted of mob-related corruption in recent years.

A consent decree between prosecutors and Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers allows a federal judge to appoint two officers who can dismiss and appoint union officials, seize union assets and visit job sites to root out corruption.

The agreement resolves civil racketeering claims brought from past mob corruption cases, including an indictment that sent reputed acting Colombo family boss Joel Cacace to prison for 20 years.

"This consent decree will help protect the Local 14 membership from the pervasive influence of organized crime that has long plagued the union," U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell said.