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Ex-Longshoreman From NJ Sentenced in Shakedown Scheme

A former longshoreman has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in what federal authorities say was a long-running scheme to shake down port workers for their Christmastime bonuses.

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Edward Aulisi had pleaded guilty to conspiracy. He was sentenced in federal court in Newark on Tuesday.

Authorities say the 53-year-old Aulisi, of Flemington, admitted conspiring with others including Genovese crime family captain Michael Coppola to extort money from the dock workers.

Aulisi was among more than a dozen people connected to the New Jersey waterfront arrested in 2011 and charged with crimes ranging from running illegal poker games to extortion.

The arrests were part of a massive takedown of reputed mob members and associates in the Northeast. In all, more than 120 people were arrested.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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