Construction entrepreneur Nicolo Milioto exchanges cash with mafia bigwigs in a video presented to the Charbonneau Commission, September 26, 2012.
Credits: JEAN-LOUIS FORTIN
MONTREAL - Video footage at a public inquiry showed Montreal-area construction entrepreneurs divvying up cash with Mafia bigwigs at a known mob hangout.
Nicolo Milioto, Frank Catania and Accursio Sciascia were seen sharing the money with members of the Rizzuto crime family in December 2005.
Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Eric Vecchio screened the hidden-camera clips Wednesday at the Charbonneau commission into corruption and collusion in the construction industry.
The video led to raids that netted dozens of Mafia members in 2009, including mob leader Nick Rizzuto Sr. The Crown has yet to charge any of the construction executives.
One of the clips showed Milioto meeting mobsters at the Consenza club in north-end Montreal where police said the Rizzutos regularly conducted business until the family was decimated by police raids and assassinations.
Another Consenza video shows construction magnate Frank Catania giving bundles of money to Rizzuto, who counts the bills before stuffing them into his socks.
Nick Rizzuto was shot and killed in his north-end Montreal home in 2010. His son, Vito Rizzuto, is scheduled to be released from a U.S. prison next week after serving time for a 1981 mob hit.
- With files from Brian Daly