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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reformed Colombo captain to speak at mob museum in Las Vegas

As part of its commitment to educating the public about both sides of the battle between organized crime and law enforcement, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement has invited Colombo crime family Capo Michael Franzese to share his story in its historic courtroom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Attendees will hear first-hand about his transformation from mob leader to motivational speaker, author and topic of the upcoming History 2 Channel special, "The Definitive Guide to the Mob."

Avoiding traditional mob domains, Franzese masterminded moneymaking scams on the edge of the legitimate business world. From auto dealerships and union kickbacks, to financial services and the sports and entertainment industries, to a multibillion-dollar gasoline tax scheme, he earned millions in cash every week at his peak. Not surprisingly, Franzese quickly became the target of Manhattan's famed federal prosecutor, Rudy Giuliani.

After promising Franzese 100 years behind bars after indicting him on racketeering charges, Giuliani proved unable to convict. Escaping four subsequent indictments, it seemed Franzese might be truly invincible.

Things changed, however, when Franzese met a dancer named Camille Garcia while producing a film in Florida. After the two fell in love and married, Garcia convinced him to take the rap on racketeering charges. Franzese pled guilty, accepted a 10-year prison sentence and vowed to walk away from the mob. Franzese is the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custodies, and survive.

Tickets for Franzese's presentation are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To make reservations, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.


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