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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