CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2000 |
A tiny extortion ring operating in the heart of Beverly Hills is tied to the biggest organized crime family in New York, government prosecutors alleged Friday. Prosecutors say Joseph Isgro, a Tarzana record executive arrested last week by federal agents, is a "soldier" for the Gambino crime family who has been running a "violent" extortion and loan-sharking operation since 1994. Citing an FBI affidavit, prosecutors said Isgro is one of 192 identifiable members of the Gambino clan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2000 |
Music promoter Joseph Isgro, the target of a failed federal prosecution in a 1980s payola scandal, was arrested Saturday on loan sharking and extortion charges, the U.S. attorney's office said Monday. Isgro, 52, was taken into custody in front of Le Grand Passage shopping center in Beverly Hills, a location that he and his associates often used for confrontations with debtors in arrears, authorities said.
August 20, 1996 |
For the third time in seven years, a Los Angeles judge has thrown out a high-profile payola case against Los Angeles record promoter Joseph Isgro. In a nine-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall dismissed the case Monday, accusing prosecutors of violating the speedy trial act. The 57-count indictment against Isgro, which spurred grand jury investigations in five cities and cost an estimated $10 million to prosecute, was the biggest payola case in U.S. history.
March 26, 1996 |
In a humiliating defeat for the Justice Department, a Los Angeles judge Monday abruptly closed the book on the biggest payola case in history. Following two hours of intense arguments, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall ruled that the federal government had violated the speedy-trial act and dismissed the 7-year-old case against Burbank record promoter Joseph Isgro, who was accused of payola, racketeering and more than four dozen other counts.
February 10, 1996 |
Payola Case Heads for Trial: After eight years and an estimated $10 million in government expenditures, the biggest payola case in history is set to go to trial May 9. There is still a possibility that the case, in which record promoter Joe Isgro was indicted in 1989 in Los Angeles on more than 50 felony counts, could be resolved in the weeks ahead with a plea arrangement. But Judge Consuelo B.
January 17, 1995 |
Record promotion--the shadowy practice of persuading radio stations to play new songs--is under siege again. The Los Angeles office of the Justice Department is preparing to prosecute the biggest payola case in history--which six years ago accused independent promotion kingpin Joseph Isgro of bribing radio programmers and racketeering. The case, which was dismissed in 1990 and reinstated two years later, is expected to reach trial before September. Last month, the U.S.