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Simone DeCavalcante

Submitted by on February 4, 2009 – 10:04 pmNo Comment

Sam the PlumberAKA Sam DeCavalcante.  AKA Sam the Plumber.  He was the boss of the Mafia’s New Jersey based DeCavalcante Family from the 1960s until the mid 1970s.  In 1961, the FBI planted a listening device in DeCavalcante’s plumbing supply shop, and recorded him discussing criminal activities with other Mafia members and with politicians until they removed the device in 1965.  In 1969, two thousand pages of the "DeCavalcante Tapes", also known as the "Goodfella Tapes", were made public but were never used against DeCavalcante because the FBI had never obtained a court order to plant the listening device.  DeCalvacante was convicted of another crime that same year and served three years in prison.  He retired to Florida in 1976 and died there of natural causes at age 84.  The DeCavalcantes are now believed by many to be the leading and most powerful crime family in New York.

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