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|District Attorney of Worcester County, Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||William T. Buckley|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Early, Jr.|
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate|
|Preceded by||Harold Lundgren|
|Succeeded by||Gerard D'Amico|
May 3, 1930 |
|Alma mater||College of the Holy Cross
New England School of Law
John Joseph Conte is an American politician who served in the Massachusetts Senate and was the District Attorney for Worcester County, Massachusetts (Middle District), which includes 59 cities and towns in Worcester County and the town of Bellingham in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
Conte was a member of the Massachusetts Senate from 1963 until he was appointed District Attorney by Governor Michael Dukakis in 1976. He was elected to the first of seven terms in 1978. He announced his retirement in January 2006 and was succeeded by Joseph Early, Jr. on January 3, 2007.
Operation Big League
In 1981, Conte successfully prosecuted Worcester crime boss Carlo Mastrototaro, a Genovese crime family caporegime who also was affiliated with the Patriarca crime family. In league with federal and state law enforcement officials, Conte launched “Operation Big League” against Mastrototaro and other organized crime figures in Worcester. Starting in October 1980, the investigation used electronic surveillance to get the goods on the gangsters. In August 1981, police raids were launched against 17 locations in Worcester, Springfield and other Massachusetts cities. Conte announced, “All aspects of organized crime, from gaming and drugs to extortion, porno shops and prostitution – you name it, it was all uncovered in one fashion or another in this investigation".
One of 44 defendants, Mastrototaro was hit with multiple charges, including running an illegal gambling ring and the theft of $45,000 worth of pornographic videos. Other of his confederates were charged with narcotics trafficking. Mastrototaro pleaded guilty to some of the charges and was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment. Released from prison, he was convicted of fraud in 1984 for participating in a travel scam that defrauded customers of $1 million and was sentenced to three years in jail. 
- Murphy, Wendy (2007-07-10). And justice for some: an exposé of the lawyers and judges who let dangerous ciminals go free. Penguin. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-59523-036-2. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
- "The Worcester Mafia and Gambling". InCity Times. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
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