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MOBSTER CHARGED WITH BRIBERY IN HEALTH-CARE SCAM

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A reputed Genovese crime family associate has been charged with bribing people to bring business to his health-care management company in what prosecutors call the first time the mob has infiltrated the health care industry.

Stefano Mazzola, the chief executive officer of Tri-Con Associates, made money for the mob through bribery and extortion, ultimately forcing consumers in up to five states to pay higher fees, said state Attorney General Peter Verniero."We are alleging for the first time the involvement of organized crime in the health-care industry," Verniero told The New York Times.

Mazzola, 52, a former Passaic police officer who served time for armed robbery and loansharking, was among a dozen reputed Genovese associates arrested Tuesday. The others were charged with traditional organized crime activities including gambling and union corruption.