Al­leged mob­ster: ‘I’m a re­puted good guy’

Chicago Sun-Times - - Workwacker News -

For years, Rudy Fratto has been dubbed a re­puted top Chicago mob­ster. But Fratto sees its dif­fer­ently. “I’m a re­puted good guy,” Fratto said Wed­nes­day out­side a fed­eral court­room, just mo­ments af­ter a judge sen­tenced him to prison for a year and a day for tax eva­sion.

In­deed, U.S. District Judge Matthew Ken­nelly found Fratto “has done an out­stand­ing job of rais­ing a fam­ily” but said Fratto’s crime was too se­ri­ous for home con­fine­ment, as Fratto wanted.

Fratto, 66, of Darien, avoided pay­ing taxes on more than $800,000 of in­come over seven years by hav­ing var­i­ous firms pay him through a bank ac­count of a de­funct truck­ing com­pany that Fratto con­trolled.

The tax eva­sion charge marks the first time Fratto has been con­victed of a crime. Be­fore his cur­rent prob­lems, “I never been ar­rested for any­thing,” Fratto said. “Not traf­fic. Not a DUI. Noth­ing.”

But he has been a tar­get of FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors for years. Most re­cently, they listed him as a top threat to Nick Cal­abrese, a for­mer mob hit man turned star wit­ness at the Fam­ily Se­crets mob trial.

Steve Warmbir

SCOTT STE­WART~SUN-TIMES

Rudy Fratto, pic­tured in Oc­to­ber, was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day for tax eva­sion.

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