He also has been a bookmaker, a loan shark and a captain in the Philadelphia-southern New Jersey mob. He scammed gamblers and prostitutes while working the floor at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.
Under heavy security, William Murtha appeared before casino regulators in a hearing aimed at deciding whether Giamboi Bros.
When they complained publicly, they alleged in their lawsuit, a Fitzgerald's casino employee told them the casino was operated by the mob.
They took the comment as a threat. Edwin Edwards says he is looking over his shoulder -- not because of helping to convict Edwards, but because of his involvement in a Russian casino.
The casino carried the brand name of actor Chuck Norris, but Brotherton says it was controlled by Russian mobsters. Chinese and Taiwanese gangs, known as triads, are considered to be some of the most efficient and effective organized-crime syndicates in the country, with a presence in many large cities, including New York and Boston.
Drumm was ready to tackle the underbelly of Connecticut's liveliest little city, where up to 60, free-wheeling gamblers party around the clock every day.
Within a year's time on the beat at Foxwoods Resort Casino, he says, he was immersed in investigating enough alleged wrongdoing to pack a noir thriller: Louis - were once linked to organized crime groups in Connecticut and New York.
One of the links was to the Genovese crime syndicate, arguably the most powerful one in the nation. Federal authorities said Castagna has performed a variety of activities for the crime family over the past two decades, said Maryland Heights Police Chief Neil Kurlander.
Johns, too, was convicted on RICO charges in His connections to the crime families were through his father, authorities said.
Authorities believe that the men now work as independent "wiseguys," con men who travel the country and make their living through illegal gambling, cheating and theft.
Louis Post-Dispatch A Las Vegas slot-machine distributor pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court yesterday for his role in a failed attempt by the Pittsburgh Mafia to gain financial control of the now-defunct Rincon Indian casino.
Federal prosecutors said it was a classic example of the mob's infiltration of a cash-based business. Seventeen people, including a member of the Rincon tribal council, were indicted in what federal prosecutors described as a textbook case of organized crime's notorious appetite for infiltrating casinos and other businesses that generate large amounts of cash.
And that wasn't the first time the Rincons had brushed up against the Mafia. In , 10 people associated with Chicago crime boss John '"No Nose'" DiFronzo and a San Diego mobster were convicted of racketeering and extortion in another attempt to take over a tribal gambling hall.
State gaming officials have confirmed that the FBI is investigating allegations of illegal money lending at the casino's card room that might involve organized-crime figures.
Federal prosecutors later proved the tribe had been duped into dealing with Pittsburgh mobsters. Seventeen people, including a Rincon tribal councilwoman, were convicted of various felonies.
According to the indictment and a related affidavit: Loan sharks typically approached gamblers and extended them credit with the understanding they would have to pay 10 percent interest every week.
Among those charged was Bay Vice President Hai Quang Huynh, who allegedly bragged about connections to organized crime and ordered the beating of a man seen with Huynh's girlfriend.
A partner to notorious mobsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel, Berman was a syndicate strongman whose reputation was forged through moxie and brutality.
The person who shot her once in the head apparently hadn't used force to get in or taken anything. In , a Louisiana company that prosecutors said was a Mafia front was charged with skimming profits from the state's video poker machines.
More than two dozen convictions resulted. Seminole Tribal General Counsel Jim Shore, 55, who is blind, was sitting or lying on his couch in the family room of his Emerald Hills home around Wednesday when he heard several loud noises, said Lt.
Tony Rode, spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department. SMA ran the hall for 17 years and faced repeated allegations of corruption and mob influence.
In a September conference call with Glogau, Tadd Johnson, the newly appointed chairman of the NIGC, and enforcement director Alan Fedman, did not dispute that there may be mob influence with tribal casinos.
Petersburg Times IL - At the time, the board alleged that Emerald executives Donald and Kevin Flynn had lied to Gaming Board investigators and that some shareholders had ties to the mafia.
Emerald is fighting the decision both in an administrative proceeding and in court. Anyone identified as having connections to organized crime would be barred from receiving more than their initial investment.
It alleged the group was unfit to run a casino because some shareholders had ties to organized crime while others had lied to board investigators about backroom ownership deals.
The letters identify for the first time the investors that board investigators contend have mob ties: Some of these patrons have also been excluded by other gaming jurisdictions for loan-sharking.
Todd's Broadway success gave him the nerve to challenge showman Billy Rose. Whalen, eager to have the show at the fair, covered Todd's Broadway early closing costs.
Rose, who had an exclusivity clause in his fair contract, met Todd at Lindy's , where Rose learned his contract covered new forms of entertainment only.
To avoid any head-to-head competition, Rose quickly agreed to promote Todd's production along with his own. Todd ultimately produced 17 Broadway shows during his career, including the immensely successful burlesque revue Star and Garter starring comedian Bobby Clark , The Naked Genius written by and starring stripper Gypsy Rose Lee , and a production of Hamlet starring Maurice Evans.
Although baseball's new commissioner Happy Chandler was reportedly "intrigued" by the idea, it was ultimately dismissed as impractical.
The game was finally cancelled due to wartime travel restrictions. It ran for two seasons. The first Cinerama feature, This is Cinerama , was released in September Before its release, Todd left the Cinerama Company to develop a widescreen process which would eliminate some of Cinerama's flaws.
Todd soon produced the film for which he is best remembered, Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days , which debuted in cinemas on October 17, The facades of both theaters survive as part of the Goodman Theatre complex, although the interiors have been demolished.
A William Woolfolk novel from the early s, entitled My Name Is Morgan , was considered to be loosely based on Todd's life and career.
He had been interested in Freshman since age 14, but needed to develop confidence before even asking her out. John's Hospital for a damaged tendon in her finger.
On July 5, , Todd married actress Joan Blondell. Todd's third marriage was to the actress Elizabeth Taylor , with whom he had a tempestuous relationship.
The couple exchanged vows on February 2, , in Mexico, in a ceremony performed by the mayor of Acapulco. The plane, a twin-engine Lockheed Lodestar , suffered engine failure, while being flown overloaded in icing conditions at an altitude that was too high for only one engine working under the heavy load.
The plane went out of control and crashed, killing all four on board. In addition to Todd, those who died in the crash were screenwriter and author Art Cohn , who was writing Todd's biography The Nine Lives of Michael Todd , pilot Bill Verner, and co-pilot Tom Barclay, a replacement for the plane's regular co-pilot.
Verner had flown the plane overloaded like this before without incident, including piloting Todd on trips over the Atlantic and around Europe.
The tanks had been filled to capacity prior to the fatal flight. Taylor wanted to travel with her husband, but stayed home with a cold after Todd overruled her pleas to join the trip.
I wouldn't let it crash. I'm taking along a picture of Elizabeth, and I wouldn't let anything happen to her. His son, Mike Jr. There was a closed coffin, but I knew it was more for show than anything else.
The plane had exploded on impact, and whatever remains were found couldn't be identified The only items recovered from the wreckage were Mike's wedding ring and a pair of platinum cuff links I'd given him.
In June , Todd's remains were desecrated by graverobbers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people with the same name, see Michael Todd disambiguation.
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