Following the release of Untold: Crime and Penalties, we wanted to answer any unanswered questions about the success of Automated Waste Disposal and James Galante.
Automated Waste Disposal was a waste disposal company, which handled 80% of garbage hauling for most of southern and western Connecticut, Westchester and Putnam counties in New York.
Galante was the owner and estimated to be worth over $100 million.
Automated Waste Disposal was accused of muscling out local waste disposal competition through no-bid-contracts and large cash payments to the Genovese crime family. As a result, municipalities, businesses and residents paid artificially inflated haulage prices for years.
In 2006, authorities infiltrated Automated Waste Disposal with an undercover agent and taped hours of phone conversations, precipitating a raid on their offices in Danbury and acquiring trailers full of incriminating documents.
Danbury is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Galante agreed to forfeit his stake in 25 trash hauling and recycling companies, and promised to never work in the waste disposal business again.
The government then sold the companies and agreed to pay millions to Galante as a portion of his share of millions in loans he and his wife, made to the businesses over the years.
James Galante was released from prison in 2014 after serving seven years.
The Danbury Trashers is a defunct UHL ice hockey team that was located in Danbury, Connecticut. It was first established in 2004 as an expansion team named for its connection to the waste management industry. James Galante purchased the franchising rights for half a million and named his 17-year-old son president and general manager.