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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1989 | CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles attorney, who is the son of a high-level member of New York's Gambino organized crime family, has been indicted on extortion and forgery charges by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury, prosecutors said Thursday. John Scotto, 28, is accused of trying to extort $50,000 from two Hollywood nightclub owners and $126,000 from two other victims. Scotto is the son of Anthony Scotto, a "semi-retired" captain in the Gambino family, the district attorney's office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1989 | CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles attorney, who is the son of a high-level member of New York's Gambino organized crime family, has been indicted on extortion and forgery charges by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury, prosecutors said Thursday. John Scotto, 28, is accused of trying to extort $50,000 from two Hollywood nightclub owners and $126,000 from two other victims. Scotto is the son of Anthony Scotto, a "semi-retired" captain in the Gambino family, the district attorney's office said.
MAGAZINE
April 14, 1996 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer Paul Lieberman has covered organized crime for more than two decades. His last story for the magazine was on the New England mob's bid to enter Hollywood
In the parlance of their trade, the Beverly Hills robbers were "professionals." They had staked out the 21-room mansion for weeks, even conducting dress rehearsals during which they crept along the service alley and climbed the 7-foot-high wrought-iron fence--masks, gloves and radios at the ready. They knew there was a staff of two--the butler and his wife--and that, each night, the butler headed toward North Elm Drive to walk the dog, a Belgian Schipperke. This night, Jan.
NEWS
October 3, 1993 | THE SOCIAL CLIMES STAFF
It seems Ava's, the chic club in the Beverly Center, has gone out of business in dramatic fashion. It was raided Sept. 17 by a regional task force with a search warrant. The law enforcement groups included the California departments of Justice and Alcoholic Beverage Control, the LAPD and the U.S. Postal Service. A spokesman for the task force would not explain why the search was undertaken except to say "an investigation is still underway."
NEWS
July 24, 1994 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Elizabeth Adams, the notorious Beverly Hills madam, swore to the end that he was "one of the most honorable, decent cops I have ever met," and she had met--and tested--a lot of cops. No less than former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates called him "one of the smartest . . . most innovative detectives I've ever known . . . exactly what you'd want in a detective."
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was one of those times when work in the Organized Crime Intelligence Division became most sensitive, when snooping on purported mobsters led detectives out of the shadows and into a very public world. An informant told Los Angeles Detective Norm Bonneau that he had seen several New York Mafia figures cozy up to then-Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. at a fund-raising dinner for Brown's fledgling 1980 presidential campaign and give him a check.
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