Organized Crime in Ocean County
Following a March and April 1970 public hearing, the SCI referred to the
U.S. Attorney for New Jersey its findings, data and fiscal records
relating to corporations formed by Anthony (Little Pussy) Russo. These
materials were, in part, the basis for a 1971 indictment of Russo for
failure to file corporate income tax returns. Russo pleaded guilty to
that charge and was sentenced to three years in jail, to run
concurrently with a New Jersey court sentence for perjury. (Russo
subsequently was murdered).
Additionally, a police chief whose conduct was targeted by the SCIís
probe resigned from office, and Long Branch voters at the next municipal
election following the public hearing elected a new administration. The
Commissionís report is contained in its 1970 Annual Report.