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Court orders Mafia bosses to pay

April 19, 2002 at 1:15 PM   |   Comments

CINCINNATI, April 19 (UPI) -- A federal appellate court has ordered five Detroit organized crime figures to forfeit more than $1 million collected over three decades of bullying and shakedowns.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinion on its Web site Friday, upheld an earlier ruling against Jack Tocco and William "Billy Jack" Giacalone and ordered Paul Corrado, Anthony Corrado and Nove Tocco to forfeit their booty as well.

The court also denied a rehearing in the case but ordered a lower court to determine whether Anthony Corrado is liable for any other money stemming from the sale of a Nevada hotel.

The Corrados and Nove Tocco were convicted of collecting $234,700 in "street taxes" and $1 million from the owner of a Toledo trucking company executive who testified he paid the money to avoid problems with the Teamsters.

The five were convicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which allows the government to seek forfeiture of ill-gotten gains. Prosecutors originally thought $7.7 million was at stake.

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara, who oversaw the trial, originally ruled no forfeiture was called for but the appellate court overturned that decision.

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