N.J. State Commission of Investigation
Organized Crime in Ocean County
The Commission exposed organized crime activities in a February 1972
public hearing and its 1972 Annual Report.
SCI records were made available to federal authorities, who subsequently
obtained extortion-conspiracy indictments against nine organized crime
figures active in the New York-New Jersey region. One was Frank (Funzi)
Tieri, then the acting leader of the Genovese organized crime family.
The indictments described a shylock loan dispute which culminated in a
'sit-down' organized crime jargon for a star-chamber trial which was
described publicly for the first time by Herbert Gross, an informant, at
the SCI' s public hearings. The federal investigation resulted in the
conviction in 1980 of Tieri, who by then had risen to 'boss-of-bosses'
among New York's organized crime families. An SCI agent testified for
the prosecution during Tieri's trial.
This report is included in the 3rd Annual report.
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