Three Syracuse men have been sentenced to various prison terms due to their conviction last fall in an illegal asbestos abatement and cover-up operation. The Mancuso family have been found guilty on all counts.
Improper asbestos removal can lead to public airborne asbestos exposure. Such exposure can lead to diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is one of the rarest and aggressive forms of diseases to arise from asbestos exposure, and typically affects the chest, abdominal and heart cavities. Mesothelioma doctors constantly search for more improved screening methods, in order to earlier detect the disease in patients.
For patients whom fail to show symptoms of the asbestos related disease for several decades, mesothelioma treatment typically comes too late for those diagnosed.
Lester Mancuso will serve three years in prison, his two sons, Paul and Steven, will, respectively, serve six years and 44 months.
Paul Mancuso is thought to be the mastermind behind the operation. In 2004, he had been convicted for a separate asbestos abatement operation, which prevented him from being involved in any further removal work.
Steven Mancuso is a local attorney, and is thought to have used his knowledge of the legal system to forge documents in order to cover-up his brothers’ and father’s illegal asbestos removal operations.
Paul and Steven’s brother, Ronald Mancuso, testified against the two in court, while also pleading guilty himself. Ronal is scheduled to be sentenced for his involvement in the operation, on June 16.