Conn. trash hauler sentenced to 7 years in prison

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut trash hauler accused of having links to the Genovese crime family has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after he admitted to witness tampering, accepting kickbacks and trying to rig a bid.

James Galante pleaded guilty in June to racketeering conspiracy and fraud. He was sentenced Wednesday to 87 months in federal prison in what prosecutors alleged was a price-fixing conspiracy supported by mob muscle, violence and extortion.

Authorities say Galante paid a quarterly mob tax to the Genovese family in exchange for muscle to stifle competition and drive up rates for customers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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