By  on December 19, 2007

NEW YORK — The former head of a local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents industry workers, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of extorting money and personal services during his 15-year tenure.

Anthony Rumore, the 63-year-old ex-president of Teamsters Local 812 and the IBT Joint Council 16, was seized at his Manhattan home on charges of extortion and embezzling assets of a labor organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District said. Local 812 represents between 3,000 and 4,000 union members working in the soft drink, brewery, needle trade, and industrial and textile industries in the New York City region. Joint Council 16 is described in the indictment as a "component" of the Teamsters union responsible for coordinating activities between local Teamsters unions in the area.

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