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September 16, 1990 | Robert L. Jackson, Jackson is an investigative reporter in The Times Washington Bureau who covered the Wedtech scandal.
John Mariotta, the Puerto Rican immigrant businessman who founded the now notorious Wedtech Corp. of the South Bronx, was consumed with a desire to make it big--for himself, for his family, for his employees and for his country. So much so, we are told, that the trappings of success became almost more important to him than the bottom-line corporate figures of his fledgling defense-contracting enterprise: big limos to take him and his fellow executives to meetings; dinners at expensive restaurants.
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September 16, 1990 | Robert L. Jackson, Jackson is an investigative reporter in The Times Washington Bureau who covered the Wedtech scandal.
John Mariotta, the Puerto Rican immigrant businessman who founded the now notorious Wedtech Corp. of the South Bronx, was consumed with a desire to make it big--for himself, for his family, for his employees and for his country. So much so, we are told, that the trappings of success became almost more important to him than the bottom-line corporate figures of his fledgling defense-contracting enterprise: big limos to take him and his fellow executives to meetings; dinners at expensive restaurants.
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May 11, 1987 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writers
John Mariotta, a Puerto Rican immigrant, has come a long way since he opened a small machine shop in a South Bronx garage. Despite his lack of formal schooling, Mariotta built his little company into a $250-million federal defense contractor that provided much-needed jobs in his economically depressed area. On a stop in the Bronx during his 1984 reelection campaign, President Reagan hailed him as "a hero for the 1980s." Today, Mariotta is a nearly broken man. His business, Wedtech Corp.
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May 11, 1987 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writers
John Mariotta, a Puerto Rican immigrant, has come a long way since he opened a small machine shop in a South Bronx garage. Despite his lack of formal schooling, Mariotta built his little company into a $250-million federal defense contractor that provided much-needed jobs in his economically depressed area. On a stop in the Bronx during his 1984 reelection campaign, President Reagan hailed him as "a hero for the 1980s." Today, Mariotta is a nearly broken man. His business, Wedtech Corp.
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August 11, 1988 | United Press International
A co-founder of Wedtech Corp., the South Bronx machine shop that became a multimillion-dollar military contractor through bribery, pleaded guilty today to lying and obstruction of justice at the trial of Rep. Mario Biaggi and six others. Fred Neuberger, 61, who founded the firm with John Mariotta, a convicted Biaggi co-defendant, admitted attempting to conceal more than $70,000 in a Barclays Bank account he opened using a false Social Security number.
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August 12, 1988
A co-founder of Wedtech Corp., the South Bronx, N.Y., machine shop that became a multimillion-dollar military contractor through bribery, pleaded guilty to lying at the trial of former Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-N.Y.) and six others. Fred Neuberger, 61, who founded the firm with John Mariotta, a convicted Biaggi co-defendant, appeared before Magistrate Kathleen Roberts in U.S.
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June 6, 1987 | Associated Press
A defiant Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-N. Y.) pleaded "absolutely not guilty" Friday to racketeering charges in the Wedtech Corp. corruption scandal. Biaggi was named in a 58-count federal indictment Wednesday, charging him and six other men with a racketeering conspiracy that allegedly turned the Bronx-based defense contractor into "a vehicle for making illegal payments to public officials." At his arraignment before U.S. District Judge John M.
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November 22, 1988 | Associated Press
Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia and his wife were indicted Monday on bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges in the Wedtech corruption scandal, accused among other things of accepting a diamond-and-emerald necklace from the company's founder. Garcia, 55, and his wife, Jane Lee Garcia, 48, were accused of extorting $76,000 in payments from Wedtech Corp. and a $20,000 interest-free loan from Mario Moreno, one-time Wedtech vice chairman.
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March 12, 1988 | Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-N.Y.) and six co-defendants were greedy thieves who plundered a now-defunct Bronx defense contractor for millions of dollars, the government charged Friday at the start of the Wedtech Corp. racketeering trial. "This is a case about corruption and greed and the purchase and sale of public offices. It is a case about public officials who want to get paid twice, once by the people who elected them to do their job, again by someone else," Assistant U.S. Atty.
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November 19, 1988 | Associated Press
Former U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for racketeering in the Wedtech scandal after reasserting his innocence and tearfully pleading for mercy for his co-defendant son. "I'm still of the belief, I always have been, that I am innocent," the 10-term Democratic congressman told U.S. District Judge Constance Baker Motley before she sentenced him to prison and fined him $242,000.
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August 4, 1988 | Times Wire Services
Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-N.Y.), pictured as "a thug in a congressman's suit," was convicted today of extorting millions of dollars in stock from Wedtech Corp. in exchange for using his influence to win major defense contracts for the now bankrupt South Bronx machine shop.
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