April 3, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:39 pm

CT claims $600K from mob-tied waste firms

Former commercial trash customers and the state are divvying up $600,000 collected from the estates of two waste firms tied to a convicted Danbury mobster, the state attorney general says.

Attorney General George Jepsen announced Tuesday that reimbursement checks totaling approximately $166,000 have been mailed to 73 former commercial customers of Automated Waste Disposal Inc. and Thomas Refuse Services Inc. that operated in the Danbury area.

The payments result from last April's settlement of an antitrust and unfair trade practices lawsuit against James E. Galante, former owner of the waste-disposal companies who is now serving a federal prison sentence on racketeering and other convictions.

They should expect to receive their checks this week, Jepsen said.

Another $425,000 of the settlement will be transferred to the state's General Fund, he said.

Galante, an associate of the Genevose crime family, at one time ran as many as 25 waste-collection firms valued at more than $100 million, authorities said. He also is the former owner of the defunct Danbury Trashers minor-league hockey team.

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