Purported mobster indicted in Fla.

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 6:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 6:15 p.m.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A purported member of the Gambino crime family and five other men have been charged in a 42-count grand jury indictment with fraud involving telemarketing and real estate deals, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The indictment charges that Vincent Artuso, 63, is a member of the New York-based Mafia organization and supervised the others in various fraud and money-laundering transactions.

Some of the charges involve a Deerfield Beach-based telemarketing firm that allegedly sold fraudulent magazine subscriptions nationwide in a scheme to obtain credit card numbers and steal from the victims.

The men also allegedly set up a scheme involving the sale and lease of several buildings that defrauded ADT Security Services Inc. of at least $7 million over five years, according to the indictment.

A woman who answered the phone Thursday at Artuso's residence in Palm Beach said he wasn't available, and it wasn't clear if he or the other defendants had a lawyer. All six were scheduled to make initial appearances on the charges Friday in federal court.

The suspects each face at least 20 years in prison if convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and violation of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations conspiracy law.

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