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Ferraro's campaign attacks charge of husband's crime tie

Geraldine Ferraro's campaign said Monday that reports associating the Democratic vice-presidential candidate's husband, John Zaccaro, with organized-crime figures ''leave an impression that is wrong, altogether inaccurate, and offensive.''

The Ferraro campaign was reacting to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer that said a real estate investor, Chinese physician Yat Tung Tse, had sold two buildings in New York City to a major organized-crime figure at Mr. Zaccaro's urging.

The newspaper said Sunday that the buyer was Joseph (Joe the Cat) La Forte, identified by authorities as one of 20 ''capos,'' or division heads, in the Gambino crime family.

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