Mob investigation: 73-year-old admits role in $1 million cigarette-theft scheme

Editor’s Note:  La Cosa Nostra is a federally-designated Transnational Criminal Organization.


By Louis C. Hochman/

One of eight people arrested in alleged scheme to steal and sell $1 million worth of cigarettes has pleaded guilty.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Tuesday that Augustine “Augie” Guido, 73, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to conspiracy to commit cargo theft.

Guido and seven other people — with nicknames including “Jimmy Boy” and “Charlie Tuna” — were charged in December of 2012 for their alleged roles in the scheme after an informant wearing a wire helped the FBI catch the crew, Fishman has said. Guido was released on a $100,000 bond after his arrest.

“(The informant) assisted federal agents in multiple districts by providing material information, intelligence, and evidence concerning members and associates of La Cosa Nostra and their criminal activities,” Fishman said in a news release Tuesday.
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