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Alleged Mob Ties Stops Resorts Atlantic City Expansion

26 September 2002

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Work on the $115 million expansion at Resorts Atlantic City came to a stop Wednesday afternoon because its demolition firm allegedly has mob ties.

"The Casino Control Commission, by a 3-0 vote, said Maztec Environmental Inc. must stop all work on Resorts' North Tower pending a hearing next Wednesday. Maztec is allowed to stay on the site for safety reasons.

"Nicholas Amato, Resorts' general counsel, said a one-week delay would not affect the project because full-blown demolition of the 10-story North Tower was not scheduled to begin until next Thursday.

"… The Division of Gaming Enforcement claims that Maztec has employed a captain in the DeCavalcante crime family of New Jersey and that company President Grace Mazzocchi and Operations Manager Charles DiMaria regularly associated with another DeCavalcante captain.

"Maztec, of East Hanover, began predemolition work at Resorts on Tuesday. Amato said he hopes the casino commission will allow Maztec to complete the three-week job despite the mob allegations.

"…Perini Corp., Resorts' general contractor, is paying Maztec more than $400,000 for its work, a Maztec official said.

"… The nine-page DGE report paints a damning picture of Maztec, which now does business as Mazzocchi Wrecking Inc., and Grace Mazzocchi, who is majority owner.

"The DGE, however, did not recommend that the casino commission deny renewing Maztec's casino-service industry

"…The DGE alleges that Maztec in 1999 employed Frank Nigro as shop steward on an asbestos-removal project at the Boardwalk Hall renovation here. Nigro is an alleged soldier in the DeCavalcante crime family.

"A year later, when Nigro was assigned to another Maztec job, Mazzocchi or Maztec refused to fire him and instead tried to hide his employment, the DGE said.

"…The DGE said Mazzocchi and DiMaria `have had ongoing contacts' with Pino Schifilliti, another DeCavalcante captain…"

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