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Jury Finds St. Louis Crime King Guilty of Illegal Gambling

March 5, 1986

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Reputed St. Louis crime leader Matthew Trupiano Jr. has been found guilty of violating federal gambling laws and faces a sentence of up to 12 years and a possible $170,000 fine.

A U.S. District Court jury deliberated 3 1/2 hours Tuesday before returning its verdict against Trupiano, 47. Found guilty along with him after an eight-day trial was Frank Parrino, 53, his alleged lieutenant, who faces up to 10 years in prison and a $120,000 fine.

Judge John F. Nangle set sentencing for April 4.

Trupiano is president of Laborers Union Local 110 in St. Louis and the nephew of Anthony T. Giordano, reputed organized crime leader who died in 1980.

During the trial, jurors heard tape recordings made by FBI agents in 1982 describing odds being given on college and professional football games, with Trupiano complaining bitterly about losing large sums of money.

Trupiano was found guilty of illegal gambling, of evading the government’s $500 annual wagering tax, of failing to file an excise tax return and of not paying $6,469 in excise taxes on more than $300,000 in bets he received. Parrino was found guilty of gambling and not paying the tax.

The two were among 10 men indicted in 1984 as an outgrowth of what U.S. attorney’s office investigators described as a $1 million bookmaking operation.

At start of the trial, three co-defendants decided to let Nangle determine their guilt or innocence. The judge has not announced the verdicts on them.

Four other defendants pleaded guilty. Two received prison sentences, and two were placed on probation. The 10th indicted man died.

Trupiano also faces trial under a federal indictment in East St. Louis, Ill., alleging that he and Arthur J. Berne, 73, of Carlyle, Ill., conspired to extort money from nightclubs and massage parlors.

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