Convicted trash industry racketeer James Galante has settled a civil lawsuit from the state.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says the New Fairfield man and his former companies will pay $600,000.

“Prices were rigged, and there were commericalwaste hauling victims,” Jepsen said.  “In coming months they will have the right to make application for reimbursement for their losses.”

Galante was convicted of using organized crime connections to force Southwestern Connecticut competitors to bid high, and to force honest competition out.

That allowed him to charge trash hauling customers more.

Galante formerly owned Automated Waste Disposal and Thomas Refuse Services.


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