2004-01-16 / Community

Rockaway Business Tied To Waste Cartel Scam

Rockaway Business Tied To Waste Cartel Scam

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown has announced that Anthony "Tony" Piccolo — an unlicensed private carter not licensed to do business in New York City in part because of past membership in a Brooklyn based mob-linked trade waste cartel — and his daughter, Toni-Lynn Piccolo, have been sentenced to prison for operating a multi-million-dollar criminal enterprise — an unlicensed and unregulated private trade waste company in New York City.

Brown said that Piccolo operated an illegal truck yard at Beach 80 Street in Arverne.

In his announcement, Brown said, "The defendants ripped off three of New York City’s major hospitals and enriched themselves through their enterprise corruption scheme. Anthony Piccolo secretly obtained the use of the trade waste licenses of two other companies under which he ran his criminal enterprise and directed his subordinates, including his daughter, to collect illicit proceeds of extortion, coercion, restraint of trade and grand larceny schemes, orchestrated the commercial bribery of his customers’ employees and secreted monetary proceeds made through his unlicensed carting company into various bank accounts. The incarceration of the defendants and the $500,000 civil forfeiture imposed assures substantial punishment for the defendants’ crimes against New Yorkers."

According to the District Attorney, both defendants pled guilty on September 23, 2003 in Queens Supreme Court before Justice Roger N. Rosengarten.A0 On Janury 12, the Court sentenced Anthony Piccolo to a term of two and three-quarters years to eight and one-quarter years in prison and also directed him to pay over $500,000 in cash and assets in forfeiture.A0 Last Monday the Court sentenced Toni-Lynn Piccolo to a term of six months in jail and five years’ probation and ordered her to forfeit any ownership rights she may have had in the seized assets.

Brown said that the defendant Anthony Piccolo, 58, of 65 Southgate Circle in Massapequa, New York, admitted that he was the true "principal" or "boss" of the company that secretly obtained the use of trade waste licenses of other companies — under which Piccolo ran his criminal enterprise, an unlicensed and unregulated private carting company.A0 He further admitted that he directed his subordinates to collect illicit proceeds of extortion, orchestrated the commercial bribery of one of his customer’s employees in a larcenous scheme and engaged in the crime of money laundering by secreting through a variety of transactions the ill-gotten gains made through his unlicensed carting company.A0 His daughter Toni-Lynn, 32, of 9 Winwood Court in Islip, New York, admitted that she engaged in the money laundering of illicit proceeds of her father’s company, participated in the scheme to commit grand larceny against Brookdale Hospital and acted in concert to commit perjury before the Business Integrity Commission in an attempt to attain a phony license for the criminal carting enterprise.

According to District Attorney Brown, the illegal company secretly did business as the Tony Piccolo Carting Company and operated out of a truck yard at 350 Beach 80th Street in Rockaway, Queens and a billing office at 513B Acorn Street in Deer Park, New York in Suffolk County and collected waste in Queens and Brooklyn from hundreds of retailers, supermarkets, restaurants and three hospitals — Brookdale, Brooklyn and Kings County Hospitals — unlawfully earned revenues of approximately $2.3 million in less than a year and cheated the three hospitals out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by bribing key hospital employees with payoffs of up to $1,000 a month to sign off on waste pick up overcharges, including over $100,000 from Brooklyn Hospital alone.

According to District Attorney Brown, the Piccolos and their top associates threatened, coerced and extorted licensed carters for the "rights" to provide collection services to certain customers; paid bribes of up to $1,000 a month to certain Brooklyn Hospital employees to over count the amount of waste pick ups and bribes of $800 a week to a waste transfer station night manager to under count the actual weight of waste dumps (drops offs) by the illegal company’s garbage trucks; rigged a bid so the illegal company could submit the winning low bid to supply Kings County Hospital with garbage containers and secretly acquired two City registered trade waste companies, unlawfully used their licenses and filed numerous fraudulent documents with the Business Integrity Commission.

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