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March 6, 1988 | JAMES BAMFORD, James Bamford, author of "The Puzzle Palace," an examination of the highly secret National Security Agency, specializes in investigative writing. He is currently at work on a new book
THE MOB IS ON TRIAL in Southern California. After four years of investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force, a dozen men--members of the Los Angeles branch of the Cosa Nostra, according to the government--were scheduled to take their places last week at the defendants' table in federal court. Nearly a year ago, their indictment was announced with great fanfare--the most significant organized-crime case on the West Coast in a decade, said the U.S.
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May 3, 1988
A North Hollywood man accused of collecting debts for the Mafia was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, becoming the first defendant to be sentenced in a wide-ranging case that targeted the entire hierarchy of the Los Angeles crime family. Stephen Munichiello, 29, who pleaded guilty to two extortion and conspiracy counts, was also sentenced to 2 1/2 years' probation by U.S. District Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1988
A North Hollywood man accused of collecting debts for the Mafia was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, becoming the first defendant to be sentenced in a wide-ranging case that targeted the entire hierarchy of the Los Angeles crime family. Stephen Munichiello, 29, who pleaded guilty to two extortion and conspiracy counts, was also sentenced to 2 1/2 years' probation by U.S. District Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez.
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April 22, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A suspected loan shark who was once the target of a mob shakedown has been indicted on charges of concealing earnings of up to 1% a week on his operation from the Internal Revenue Service, authorities announced Thursday. Daniel Mondavano, 59, whose operation was uncovered when former Arizona Democratic U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A suspected loan shark who was once the target of a mob shakedown has been indicted on charges of concealing earnings of up to 1% a week on his operation from the Internal Revenue Service, authorities announced Thursday. Daniel Mondavano, 59, whose operation was uncovered when former Arizona Democratic U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1988
An alleged associate of the Los Angeles Mafia pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to extort money from a loan-sharking suspect and the owner of a Brentwood pizza restaurant. Stephen George Munichiello, 29, of North Hollywood was the fourth person to plead guilty among 15 defendants charged last year in an 18-count racketeering indictment targeting most of the purported leadership of the Mafia group in Southern California.
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July 6, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A suspected loan shark who pleaded guilty to tax charges in connection with a $4-million investment scheme was sentenced Monday to 5 1/2 years in prison. Daniel L. Mondavano, 60, whose bilked clients included former Arizona Senate candidate Roy Elson, admitted under-reporting income he received from investors to whom he had promised interest rates of up to 1% a week by lending out money to desperate businessmen.
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April 7, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The reputed "street boss" of the West Coast Mafia and two other alleged mob associates pleaded guilty Wednesday to a variety of conspiracy charges, concluding a major federal prosecution that authorities said has "crippled" organized crime in Southern California. Luigi Gelfuso Jr.
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June 15, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
A suspected loan shark--who is said to have siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors by promising them a return on their money of up to 1% a week--pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy and filing false tax returns. Daniel L. Mondavano, 60, of Tarzana, who was once identified by a Mafia kingpin as "one of the best thieves in New England," could face up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $650,000 when he is sentenced July 5, said John L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1988 | KIM MURPHY and JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writers
The reputed "street boss" of the West Coast Mafia and two other alleged mob associates pleaded guilty Wednesday to a variety of conspiracy charges, concluding a major federal prosecution that authorities said has "crippled" organized crime in Southern California. Luigi Gelfuso Jr.
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March 6, 1988 | JAMES BAMFORD, James Bamford, author of "The Puzzle Palace," an examination of the highly secret National Security Agency, specializes in investigative writing. He is currently at work on a new book
THE MOB IS ON TRIAL in Southern California. After four years of investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force, a dozen men--members of the Los Angeles branch of the Cosa Nostra, according to the government--were scheduled to take their places last week at the defendants' table in federal court. Nearly a year ago, their indictment was announced with great fanfare--the most significant organized-crime case on the West Coast in a decade, said the U.S.
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