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Sunday, October 6, 2013

History of the Mob in Connecticut

December 29, 2010 - Mobster's Death Marks End Of Era

Anthony "Tony" Volpe, the last man to control greater Hartford's once-booming, now-moribund gambling and extortion rackets, died Tuesday, prompting a flood of talk about another passed milestone in the city's evolution.

December 21, 2006 - Crime Family Under Boss Pleads Guilty In Trash Probe

An aged underboss of New York's Genovese crime family pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court Wednesday to racketeering conspiracy and tax evasion counts in connection with a mob-enforced scheme to carve out trash-hauling turf in southwestern Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y.

December 13, 2005 - Reputed Mobster Indicted In 2003 Homicide

A Westfield man with reputed mob ties was charged Monday in the 2003 slaying of Adolfo ``Big Al'' Bruno, a dominant mobster for the New York-based Genovese crime family in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

July 20, 2005 - Danbury Garbage Hauler A Target Of FBI Probe

FBI agents searched an undisclosed number of homes and businesses in western Connecticut and suburban New York late Tuesday as part of an organized crime and political corruption case that centers on the refuse hauling business.

July 15, 2005 - Guilty Plea Entered In Bribery Of Giordano

A representative of a Branford construction company pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to bribing former Waterbury Mayor Philip A. Giordano and a mayoral aide in return for almost $600,000 in city demolition work.

November 28, 2003 - Bruno Slaying Creates Mafia Void; Hartford Seen As 'Wide-Open Space'

Adolfo ``Big Al'' Bruno was almost the last man standing. His longtime boss was dead. His chief rival was headed to prison. At 58, he was reputed to be one of just a few made men in the Mafia world of western Massachusetts and central Connecticut.

November 13, 1997 - Lounsbury's Home Among 18 Raided In Gambling Probe

Courant Staff Writers Courant Staff Writers Daniela Altimari and Carolyn Moreau contributed to this report.

July 31, 1996 - Reputed Mobster Anthony Volpe Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

Hartford's reputed ranking mobster pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering and other charges as part of a plea agreement that virtually guarantees him at least 41 months in a federal prison.

June 28, 1996 - State Garbage Hauler Linked To Mob Cartel Indicted

A New York businessman who in recent years has become a major player in the Connecticut garbage and recycling industries has been indicted by federal prosecutors on mob-related racketeering, extortion and tax conspiracy charges.

June 21, 1996 - Mobsters Plead Guilty To Gambling Charges

Two more Massachusetts mobsters pleaded guilty Thursday to helping run gambling and loansharking in Hartford. But the man who authorities said had day-to-day control of the local rackets, Anthony Volpe of Hartford, rejected an agreement that would have resulted in his guilty plea.

January 14, 1995 - Volpe Associate Faces New Charges In Mob Probe

An associate of reputed local mobster Anthony Volpe was re-indicted and jailed Friday on charges of trying to persuade a witness to lie to a federal grand jury investigating racketeering in the Hartford area.

November 8, 1994 - Rackets Defendant Ordered Held Without Bond

A federal prosecutor said Monday that reputed mobster Anthony "Tony" Volpe used fear and violence to run gambling and loan-shark operations in Hartford and would likely use the same tactics to intimidate witnesses at his upcoming trial if he were released on bond.

November 4, 1994 - 13 Arrested; Crime Family Had Gambling, Loans In City, Officials Say
Thirteen members of the Genovese crime family from Connecticut and Massachusetts have been indicted on racketeering charges of running illegal gambling and loan- sharking operations in the Hartford area.

March 23, 1994 - Crackdown Has Bookies Nervous, Volpe The Prime Target

The bookmakers and loan sharks who make up Greater Hartford's underground sporting set are in a dither as federal authorities have begun yet another crackdown on mob-controlled rackets in the region.



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