Mob Boss Caught in the Act
February 20, 2001
Southtown Pioneer Press
BY STEVE WARMBIR FEDERAL COURTS REPORTER
hidden FBI camera not only caught reputed West Side mob boss
Anthony Centracchio handling wads of alleged bribe money. It also
captured the 71-year-old man in another compromising
position--having sex with an employee at his abortion clinic
office, court documents show.
one occasion, April 2, 1994, the CCTV equipment recorded
Centracchio engaging in sexual activity with a woman who was part
of the clinic's administrative staff," a defense motion in
the case reads.
same camera that captured Centracchio in the abortion clinic
office also showed him counting "street tax" payments
and discussing bribes to public officials. Those details and
others have recently come to light in previously unavailable court
documents in the federal government's racketeering case against
Centracchio and three others, including Stone Park Mayor Robert
He stands accused of taking payoffs to
protect video gambling in his town. The case represents the
government's battle--led by prosecutors Stephen Andersson, Scott
Levine and Deborah Steiner--against the mob in the western suburbs
and its video gambling operations, a big moneymaker for the
far, five key figures in the probe have been convicted, receiving
prison sentences of up to 16 years.
also allege in unsealed court documents that Natale had been
taking payoffs since the 1970s when he was a Stone Park police
officer pulling over drunken drivers or speeders.
who prosecutors say helped usher illegal video gambling into his
town, allegedly got caught playing a machine when police raided a
Stone Park bar in 1994.
In a secretly recorded conversation on March 16, 1994,
Centracchio recounts to a colleague, adult book store owner Joseph
Annecca, what happened: "The mayor, he was at a lounge
Sunday, right? Well, evidently, the lounge got poker machines in
it, and the lounge was under surveillance because the broad made a
payoff in there once to an agent, ah copper, and the bartender
made a payoff ... "
Christ," Annecca interrupts.
... to a copper. So they come in and busted the joint Sunday, and
he [Natale] was in it, and you know what I mean, they pinched the
joint, and he was playing poker machines, so they come up and
grabbed him and he started getting heavy with them,
the [expletive] are you people?” Centracchio continues:
"And they said, `Who are you?' They wanted to see
identification and here's the mayor of the town playing poker on
the poker machines in there…"
Centrachhio; Thomas R. Tucker, a former Stone Park police
lieutenant, and Robert S. Urbinati, a former Franklin Park police
officer, are awaiting trial on racketeering charges.