A former member of Local 726, Abbinanti is publicly listed as an associate of the Chicago Outfit in the 1997 Chicago Crime Commission report, "The New Faces of Organized Crime.
The report indicated that in 1994 Abbinanti pleaded guilty, along with organized crime member Marco D'Amico, head of the Elmwood Park Street crew, in a racketeering case involving sports betting, extortion to collect gambling debts, and loan sharking.
4 Abbinanti was a dues paying member of Local 726 until July 1995.
was released from prison in 2001.
As discussed above, Robert Abbinanti
was identified as an organized crime associate by the Chicago Crime Commission
in 1997, specifically as a member or associate of the North Side
, Elmwood Park street crew and was in prison at that time .22 In April 1995, Abbinanti
pleaded guilty to racketeering, illegal gambling, attempted extortion, and use of a firearm and sentenced to 60 months in prison.
, a Teamster truck driver for Streets and Sanitation, is related through marriage to D'Amico and a member of D'Amico's crew.
Cooley stated that Abbinanti
told him that Stefanski was a "close friend" and that they "had known each other for years.
further identified Stefanski "as one of the operators who worked within the bookmaking operation" in the late 1980s.
A former law enforcement sources corroborated Cooley's recollection that Stefanski is a close friend of Abbinanti
employment with the Teamsters overlapped Stefanski's tenure as principal officer by six months when Abbinanti
was found guilty of racketeering, as discussed above.
His Local 726
status is listed as "on suspension" by July 14, 1995.
When interviewed, Stefanski denied being friends with Abbinanti
, denied socializing with him or gambling with him, and also denied knowing what a wire room was.
Stefanski further denied witnessing Abbinanti
engaged in bookmaking or engaging in bookmaking himself.