Alleged mobster: ‘I’m a reputed good guy’
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.
Rudy Fratto, pictured in October, was sentenced Wednesday for tax evasion.