|Chicago|  Joseph Lombardo

Birth: January 1, 1929

Death: /

Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo is a high ranking member of the Chicago Outfit who is currently believed to be either the boss or underboss of the organization.

Joey the Clown
Lombardo joined the Chicago Outfit as a loan collector and thief during the 1950s. In 1963 he was arrested and charged with loansharking and kidnapping, however was acquitted for those crimes. From 1971 on he frequently stayed in Las Vegas to oversee the Outfits interests in their casino's. Lombardo was again on trial in 1974 with insurance agent Allen Dorfman and was charged with embezzling $1.4 million from pension funds of the Teamsters Union. The charges were later dropped after the main witness, Daniel Siefert, was killed two days before his scheduled appearance.

In 1982, Lombardo and Dorfman were again charged, this time for extorting $800,000 from construction owner Robert Kendler and for attempted bribery of Nevada Senator Howard W. Cannon. Lombardo was later implicated, by government informant Alva Johnson Rodgers in the deaths of Daniel Siefert and Robert Harder in 1974, Sam Annerino and Raymond Ryan in 1977, and Allen Dorfman in 1983. Lombardo was also accused of personally murdering ex-police officer Richard Cain.

Arrest and sentence
Lombardo and Williams were finally convicted of attempted bribery in August 1985 and sentenced to 15 years. Williams, who received 10 years imprisonment, later agreed to testify against Lombardo and several top members of the Chicago Outfit later charged with concealing Mafiosi ownership of the Las Vegas Stardust Resort & Casino of which over $2 million unreported income was skimmed from 1974-1978. By January 1986, five mobsters had been convicted, including Lombardo, who was sentenced to an additional 10 years, as well as Chicago syndicate leaders Joey Aiuppa and John Phillip Cerone, sentenced to 28 years imprisonment, Angelo Lapeer, and Milton Rockman. In 1992, a year after his divorce, he was freed from prison.

On April 27, 2005, indictments were handed down in which 14 people, including Lombardo and Frank "The German" Schweihs, were named in the murders of 18 people. Despite being in his late 70s by then, Lombardo avoided capture. During his time as a fugitive, he wrote two letters to his lawyer, one claiming innocence in the charges brought against him, the other not yet made public. He was finally captured by FBI agents in Elmwood Park, Illinois on January 13, 2006, after being harbored on the 2300 block of N 74th Ave. At his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty and also revealed to have medical problems with his arteries hardening. He told the court he had not been to a doctor during the time he was "unavailable."

Family Secrets
In 2003 federal agents began looking into old and unsolved mob murders. This led to the suspicion of Joseph Lombardo and others. However, in 2005 Lombardo was nowhere to be found. He did react to the charges via notes he wrote to his lawyer, claiming he was innocent. On January 13, 2006, police finally captured Lombardo in Elmwood Park, Illinois. Then, in 2007 he was found guilty to racketeering and the murder of Daniel Seinfert. In February 2009 Lombardo, who was seated in a wheelchair by the time, was sentenced to life in prison by judge James Zagel. A couple of days later James Marcello and Frank Calabrese were also sentenced to life in prison.

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