A New York Criminal Lawyer said that, defendant was an executive of several corporations engaged in the distribution and operation of coin-operated equipment whose enterprises reached into four of the five boroughs of New York City as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In recent years his business ventures grew and prospered to such an extent that the self-appointed ‘family’ of sharers in the prosperity of honest businessmen determined that the time had come for him to share his wealth–‘to give up a piece’ of his business. Sometime during the early part of June, 1964 a concerted effort was commenced to extort $25,000 from him as well as a 25% Share of his business interests. As the arrangement was explained to him, ‘If at the end of (a) week you have $1 left, (we) take 25 cents and you keep 75 cents.’ Defendant, unmoved by the ‘family’s’ generosity and shaken by an assault on his wife by certain members of the ‘family’, described to him as ‘animals’, contacted the Nassau County police.
A New York Criminal Lawyer said that during the month of June the police, with the consent of defendant through the use of wiretaps and bugs, recorded numerous conversations of him and one individual known to his ‘family’ and ‘animals’. These recordings clearly established the existence of an extortion conspiracy on the part of another individuals and others. As defendant’s adamance persisted through June, the ‘family’ apparently became more anxious. On the morning of June 30, 1964 defendant’s daughter, then pregnant and residing in Plainview, received a call which, from its contents, could only have been made by one of the ‘animals.’ The daughter was advised that ‘if your father doesn’t cooperate we’ll come and kick your pregnant belly in.’ With this threat to the family of defendant, the District Attorney’s office determined that it could best protect him and his family and determine precisely who was responsible for the threats by recording the telephonic communications made by the other individuals and from several bars which they frequented and from which they had previously communicated with him.
A Nassau County Criminal Lawyer said that, in a petition and affidavit filed pursuant to section 813–a of the Code of Criminal Procedure, an assistant district attorney of Nassau County asked for a court order to make the necessary wiretaps. In testimony made under oath the assistant district attorney related, with particularity and detail, the events which had transpired.