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Byline: Maurice Possley
CHICAGO _ A hearing officer for Laborers' International Union of North America, which represents about 800,000 workers nationwide, including 20,000 in Chicago, has urged a criminal inquiry into alleged fraud, waste and organized crime influence at a New Jersey local.
Following allegations of corruption and waste in Local 734 and its benefit funds, the local in Rochelle Park, N.J., near Newark, was placed into emergency trusteeship last October by Terence O'Sullivan, general president of the international.
In a ruling dated Dec. 30, union hearing officer Peter Vaira declared that beginning about 1996, August "Auggie" Vergalito, a former executive board member …