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Former Canonsburg Businessman Waives Racketeering Charges to Court

Vincent LoCastro, former owner of All Pro Auto Mall in Canonsburg, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on racketeering charges Wednesday.

A former owner of All Pro Auto Mall in on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on racketeering charges.

In exchange, charges were withdrawn against two of Vincent LoCastro's family members who had been implicated in the alleged crimes, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

Racketeering and theft charges had been filed in May against LoCastro, 57, and three others.

LoCastro, of 203 Spartan Dr., Bethel Park, was charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of criminal conspiracy, 18 counts of theft by unlawful taking and 18 counts of defrauding secured creditors.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing before district Wednesday—sending the case to Washington County Court.

If convicted on all charges, LoCastro could face up to 206 years in prison.

“Filing of criminal charges under Pennsylvania’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is a rare event due to the complex nature of these types of cases," said Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone when the charges were announced.

"The Pennsylvania State Police investigation exposed the fraudulent car financing scheme by the LoCastros conducted through All Pro Auto Mall in Canonsburg," Vittone had said in a news release. "Hundreds of hours of police work were invested in this case. For their dedication, I commend the diligent efforts of the state police in this investigation.”

Charges were withdrawn against Joseph Bruce LoCastro, 26, 203 Spartan Dr., Bethel Park, son of Vincent Locastro. He had been charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

Nicole LoCastro of 203 Spartan Dr., Bethel Park, daughter of Vincent Locastro—had been charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and two counts of criminal conspiracy. Those charges were also withdrawn.

Frank LoCastro of 151 Carol Dr., McMurray, brother of Vincent LoCastro—who was charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of criminal conspiracy, 32 counts of theft by unlawful taking, 32 counts of defrauding secured creditors and one count of unsworn falsification to authorities—also waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

 

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