Vincent Ricciardo, 77, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in a shakedown of a high-ranking Queens construction official. Ricciardo’s nickname was “Vinny Unions”. He could have gotten 20 years. He was the last of 14 Colombo family defendants and confederates indicted in labor racketeering charges in this particular effort. The family and others had attempted to take control of the unnamed union and its health-care benefit program. The effort began in 2001, when Ricciardo and a cousin threatened the union official and his family with lethal violence if the union official did not give him a portion of his salary, and extended widely from there into union business.

Read the full story by Richard Khavkine for The Chief-Leader, published March 1, 2024, here:,52033


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