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Similar reports from this era also link him to upstate New York mob boss Joseph Barbara, who employed Bufalino as a mechanic at one of his bottling plants during World War II.
Bufalino’s ties to Barbara would soon expose him and organized crime to increased and unwelcome scrutiny by law enforcement and the news media.
Sheeran said Bufalino and other Mafia heads wanted to stop Hoffa from regaining the presidency of the Teamsters and control of its pension fund, which had been a source of easy loans for the mob.
At the time of his disappearance, Hoffa, who had served time on bribery and other charges, was planning to run for the union presidency despite the terms of his early release, which barred him from union activities until 1980.
RABFAM grew from a 1978 FBI investigation in Baltimore into the fencing of stolen goods.