AKRON, Ohio -- Teamsters President Jackie Presser told the FBI he believed Jimmy Hoffa was murdered by the mob at the bidding of another union official who was later killed, it was reported Friday.
The Akron Beacon Journal said that Presser, who died of cancer last year, told FBI agents that Kansas City mob figure Nick Civella might have killed Hoffa at the bidding of Allen Dorfman.
Dorfman, the Teamsters insurance mogul, was gunned down in 1983 in the parking lot of the Lincolnwood, Ill., Hyatt House, in suburban Chicago. The shooting came shortly after he, Roy Williams and mobster Joey 'the Clown' Lombardo, were convicted of conspiracy to bribe Sen. Howard Cannon.
Presser said the union's Central States Pension Fund was $500 million in the red between 1959 and 1968 because of loans Hoffa made to mob friends, who never repaid the union.
Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975, and was declared legally dead a decade later.
The information and other details Presser provided the FBI were contained in documents filed in a federal court in New York City, according to the newspaper which said other sections of the documents were crossed out.
Last June, the government filed suit in the U.S. District Court seeking to wrest control of the 1.7 million-member Teamsters on charges the union has been controlled by organized crime through intimidation and violence.
Four of its six international presidents, including Presser and Hoffa, were indicted. The three that stood trial were convicted and Presser died last July without ever facing his racketeering charges. His co-defendants were convicted in January.
Presser, however, was also a key FBI informer, but it wasn't until this week that details of his file were released.
Presser also told investigators that several organized crime members were skimming money from Las Vegas casinos built with money from the union's Central States Pension Fund.
Presser's information, the documents said, led to the conviction of numerous mob figures after a lengthy trial in Kansas City in 1986.