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Fugitive Arrested for 1989 Killings

January 29, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ An alleged mobster, on the lam since 1993, was arrested at a doughnut shop in the shooting deaths of two garbage haulers who were working with federal investigators.

Frank Pearl Federico, 75, pleaded innocent Tuesday to racketeering and was ordered held without bail.

The charges came in the 1989 slayings of brothers-in-law Robert Kubecka and Donald Barstow in their officice on Long Island. The victims had been aiding an investigation of Mafia ties to the Long Island garbage industry, and their information helped build cases against 26 carting company officials, politicians and reputed members of the Luchese crime family.

Federico, an alleged member of the Luchese family, disappeared after he was subpoenaed to provide DNA samples for comparison with evidence gathered at the crime scene.

Working on a tip, FBI agents and detectives from the New York City Police Department arrested Federico on Monday at the Bronx doughnut shop, law enforcement officials said.

Police said Federico may have hidden in Europe for part of the past decade.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.