Jimmy Caci

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Vincent Dominic "Jimmy" Caci
Jimmy Caci.jpg
LAPD mugshot of Jimmy Caci from 1984.
Born
Vincent Dominic Caci

(1925-08-01)August 1, 1925
DiedAugust 16, 2011(2011-08-16) (aged 86)
Resting placeHoly Sepulchre Cemetery
Cheektowaga, New York
42°55′38″N 78°46′46″W / 42.9272°N 78.7795°W / 42.9272; -78.7795
NationalityAmerican
Other namesJimmy
Known forMafia activity

Vincent Dominic "Jimmy" Caci[1] (born August 1, 1925 – died August 16, 2011) was a Los Angeles crime family member and a Caporegime (Captain) in the family.[2]

He was born in Westfield, New York to Alfonzo and Josephine Caci, one of eight siblings. He grew up in Western New York.[3] In the 1970s, Caci spent eight years at Attica prison for armed robbery where he met Stephen "the Whale" Cino. They would both eventually switch to the Los Angeles family. In the late 1970s he moved to Southern California. He was promoted to caporegime shortly after by boss Peter Milano. Until his death, he remained active as a loan shark in Palm Springs and Las Vegas. Caci kept close ties to the Buffalo crime family and helped contribute to the growing ties between the two families. He owned his own construction company in Erie, Pennsylvania and was the owner of a restaurant and night club in New York and California. His younger brother, Charles James Caci, was a nightclub singer, known as "Bobby Milano". Until his death in 2006, Charles was a soldier in his brother's crew.[1] Other members of Caci's crew included Cino, Rocco Zangari, Steven Mauriello and Vince Lupo along with associates Kenny Gallo, Tommy Jones (a suspected enforcer and hitman, alleged to have committed his first contract killing at 18[4]), Robert "Puggy" Zeichick, and Alfred Mauriello.

In 1984, Caci was arrested with some twenty other Los Angeles mobsters for attempting to take over a $1 million a week illegal bookmaking operation. However, due to lack of evidence, Caci was not charged. When Peter and Carmen Milano were sentenced to prison in 1988, Caci became street boss of the Los Angeles family for a short time. In August 1996, Caci was sentenced to 42 months in prison for conspiracy, wire fraud, and interstate transportation of fraudulently obtained money for his role in a telemarketing scheme that victimized over 100 people in the Midwest.[5] Caci avoided serious jail time by the FBI in connection with the Las Vegas RICO cases "Operation Thin Crust" and "Operation Button Down", which were investigations into Mafia influence in Southern Nevada in 1997. In 1998 Caci was convicted and received a six-month sentence.[2][6]

Owning a home in Palm Springs,[7] Caci died on August 16, 2011, aged 86, at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b COLUMN: John L. Smith [r[Las Vegas Review-Journal]], February 5, 1998
  2. ^ a b COLUMN: John L. Smith Las Vegas Review Journal, April 22, 2001
  3. ^ "Bobby Milano: Crooner and Predator", The Last Post
  4. ^ "BREAKSHOT: A Life In The 21st Century Mafia" Official Spin Archived January 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "State of California Department of Justice: ORGANIZED CRIME IN CALIFORNIA ANNUAL REPORT TO THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE (1996)" (PDF). Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Mobster or not late Jimmy Caci talked till end", Las Vegas Review Journal; accessed December 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Yates, Ronald; Koziol, Ronald (May 9, 1978). "Elite Palm Springs Becomes A Gangsters' Playground". The Evening Independent. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 30, 2012. [Palm Springs] has become Our Town for such Chicago luminaries as Anthony "Big Tuna" Accardo, Joey "The Dove" Aiuppa, James "The Turk" Torello, and Frank "The Horse" Buccieri.
  8. ^ "Vincent Caci's Obituary on The Desert Sun". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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