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Con man tells court he witnessed gang crimes

Published June 7, 2005

 
U.S. DISTRICT COURT -- A convicted con man serving time in Florida claims he has evidence in connection with the indictment of reputed organized crime figures in some of Chicago's most notorious gangland slayings, but some federal authorities are skeptical.

In what he billed as a friend-of-the-court brief, Charles Miceli said he was present when at least two of the crimes were committed and that he can vouch for the innocence of fugitive defendant Joey "the Clown" Lombardo.

In a filing Monday, Lombardo's lawyer, Rick Halprin, asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel to appoint a lawyer for Miceli.

In 2001 Miceli claimed to know about more than 40 crimes, including murders, bombings, corruption and extortion involving top hoodlums and politicians in Illinois, Florida and New York, "but it was all fiction," said Thomas Ahern, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Chicago.

 

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