Finally sprung from the joint in 2012, he died last week at 90, having reined atop the Jersey underworld for three and a half decades, most of which was spent as a guest of the government in federal correctional facilities.Richard feared doing time in the pen and gave up his father-in-law and several more mob dignitaries and union executives representing multiple organized crime factions.
He also started skimming money he was responsible for couriering between De Calvacante administrators and Crea and Truscello in the Luccheses.
Things began unravelling for Richard in the summer of 1999.
The FBI raided Richard’s home and S&S Contracting, informing him a federal indictment with his name on it was forthcoming.
From his office at S&S Contracting and using Riggi’s deep union ties, Richard spearheaded kickback, bribery, bid-rigging and extortion schemes and the creation of slush funds and no-show jobs in the construction industry in both New Jersey and New York.
He enjoyed the perks of his newfound mobster status, too – throwing his weight around at every opportunity, spending extravagantly and hooking up with a stripper girlfriend on the side.