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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ex-NYPD Cop Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Union Welfare Fund

Ex-NYPD cop pleads guilty to defrauding union welfare fund
The New York Daily News by John Marzulli - February 27, 2012
He submitted fake invoices to metal polishers' local

AN EX-NYPD cop who left the force under a cloud pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to defrauding a union welfare fund. Francis Mazzella admitted that he submitted fraudulent invoices to the Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A welfare fund to perform renovation work on the union hall. Mazzella owned an electrical maintenance company called City-Wide Control Systems after he left the force. But Mazzella said his company didn't do the work - he was actually working for a construction company owned by the welfare fund's trustee Robert Fabrizio, and the inflated invoices were designed to conceal Fabrizio's involvement in the work. The ex-cop said Fabrizio had provided financial assistance to City-Wide Control Systems to keep it afloat and controlled the company. Mazzella, 39, was previously arrested by the Brooklyn D.A.'s office in 2000 along with three other cops accused of fixing parking tickets and doing favors for the owner of a mobbed-up social club in Bensonshurst. He pleaded guilty then to a misdemeanor charge. In the federal case, Mazzella faces 33 to 41 months in prison when he's sentenced by Judge Allyne Ross. Fabrizio pleaded guilty last year to a separate union kickback and money laundering scheme.

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