The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey by letter dated August 25, 1959 requested the FBI's Newark field office for "information concerning five or six individuals considered . . . to be the most significant operators violating the Federal criminal statutes." With Director J. Edgar Hoover's approval the G-men provided the federal prosecutors with memoranda on Antonio Caponigro, Gerardo V. Catena, Vito A. Genovese, Louis A. Larasso, Frank Majuri and Jos. Arthur Zicarelli one of which will be posted by Friends of Ours each day over the next six. Today's memorandum covers subject Antonio Caponigro:
ANTONIO ROCCO CAPONIGRO, FBI number 389561, age 47, resides at 124 Silver Spring Road, Short Hills, New Jersey.
His identification record under the above number reflects approximately 19 arrests for the period 1928 to 1947 for such crimes as atrocious assault and battery, illegal alcohol, investigation of murder, breaking and entering, burglary, auto theft, robbery and adultery.
He is alleged to be involved in the "numbers" and lottery operations in the "Down Neck" section of Newark.
He has been suspected for some time of financing the illegal manufacture of alcohol in the New Jersey area but is not believed to actually participate in the operation.
He formerly held a boxing manager's license and is still believed to exercise some influence in the boxing field, possible through his cousin, ANTHONY FERRANTI, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. FERRANTI is the current manager of JOEY GIARDELLO, middleweight boxer.
CAPONIGRO was subpoenaed to appear with numerous other individuals before a Federal Grand Jury in Philadelphia, on August 7, 1958, in connection with the investigation of the operation of a large still that was raided in June, 1958, at Reading, Pennsylvania. He was not one of those indicted but upon leaving the Grand Jury room he punched an ATTD Agent and kicked a newspaper photographer who were trying to photograph him. He was charged with assault on a Federal officer and released on bail. His trial on the assault charge is tentatively scheduled for September, 1959.
In September, 1955, CAPONIGRO and some of his associates attempted to organize taxi drivers and private cab owners in the Newark area. Several incidents of violence and vandalism occurred during this operation and an investigation was conducted under the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947. No evidence of a violation of Federal statutes was found.
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