Overall national incidents of organized crime offenses separated by type of offense for 2005.
Organized Crime Still a Priority for FBI
Published Monday, February 16th, 2009
The Federal Bureau of Investigations has just announced indictments against several known Capos or mafia bosses. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday indicted alleged New York boss John D’Amico, dubbed “Jackie the Nose”, and associate Joseph Watts in the murder of a man he believed to be a police informant. Another 12 defendants, including acting boss Daniel Leo of the Genovese Organized Crime Family, were indicted with 38-counts of racketeering and other offenses, including violent extortion of individuals and businesses, loansharking, narcotics trafficking and operation of illegal gambling businesses. Also, the FBI issued an indictment that charged Thomas Tassiello, an associate of the same family, with a string of racketeering, conspiracy to make and collect extortionate loans, operating an unlawful gambling business and interstate transportation of stolen property. The FBI stated that the investigations are continuing.
The FBI works with 31,676 employees—12,977 Special Agents and 18,699 support staff—and on a budget of $6.8 billion that includes $410 million for technological enhancements. The Department of Organized Crime handled nearly 3452 incidents of organized crime in 2005. Some highlights include: 651 pending investigations related to Italian organized crime and labor racketeering alone, 468 cases related to Asian and African criminal enterprises. Nearly 1,500 individuals affiliated with organized crime were arrested and 824 were convicted. Of the roughly 1,000 “made” members of Italian organized crime groups in the U.S., more than 200 are in jail.
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics: Organized Crime - http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/orgcrime/ocshome.htm
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