Investigative Programs: Organized Crime
International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Liberatus
In June, 1988, based on a FBI investigation code named Liberatus, a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations complaint was filed in federal court in New York City charging the ruling body of La Cosa Nostra (LCN), the Commission, with controlling the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). The IBT entered into a consent decree with the federal government in 1989, and an Independent Review Board (IRB), including former FBI Director William Webster, was created to oversee the affairs of the union. The IRB is mandated to investigate and adjudicate allegations of corruption, bribery, embezzlement, and extortion as well as violations of the Hobbs Act, Taft-Hartley Act, and Landrum-Griffin Act. The IRB is also assigned authority to investigate any allegations of domination, control or influence of any IBT affiliate, member or representative by LCN or other organized crime entities. The IRB investigates misconduct, and conducts its disciplinary hearings pursuant to court-approved rules of procedure. The IBT is required to pay all costs and expenses associated with running the IRB. Since March 1989, 568 charges have been filed against 533 individual IBT members; and since 1992, 25 local unions and two regional union councils have been placed into trusteeship.