U.S. — What the Latest Mafia Bust Says About Organized Crime

Magnifying Glass by Emma Craig

From the Vice magazine news article:

The new indictment includes what most of us might think of as “normal” mafia crimes like assault, gun trafficking, and loansharking, but also a few that surprised me, like healthcare fraud and credit card skimming. When did the mob get into these white-collar crimes ?

Many of the Italian mafia families across the nation have sought to diversify their interests into more high-tech, white-collar crimes for a while now, dating back, really, to the 1980s. Smart mobsters in this day and age no longer just line their pockets with traditional rackets (gambling, loansharking, extortion)—and some try to stay away all together. When you compare prison sentences, it makes the most sense…

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