Chicago Boss Sentenced to 33 Months for $470,000 Theft

U.S. Dist. Judge Matthew F. Kennelly (N.D. Ill., Clinton) sentenced Frank B. Zeuberis, ex-boss of Laborers’ Int’l Union of N. Am. Local 5 in Chicago Hts. Nov. 9 to 33 months in prison for embezzling more than $470,000 in union funds for himself, his wife, and a reputed mob lieutenant, James A. DiForti, he installed in a top local office. Kennelly also ordered the Ind. resident to pay restitution of $473,106. As president and business manager of Local 5, Zeuberis gave himself, his wife, and DiForti unauthorized and fraudulent salary increases, bonuses, and vacation. In pleading guilty to a federal racketeering charge in June, Zeuberis also admitted he solicited $5,000 to appoint a union member as a business agent. His wife was not charged. DiForti died last year. [Chi. Trib. 11/11/01]