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Al Capone found guilty of tax evasion...



Item # 570546

October 26, 1931

ALBANY EVENING NEWS, New York, October 26, 1931

* Al 'Scarface' Capone guilty tax evasion
* End of his criminal career

* Gets 11 years in prison

This 22 page newspaper has two column headlines on the front page: "Capone Attorneys in Appeal Today to Release Gang King" and "Prepare Plea for Submission to Circuit Court of Appeals; Racketeer Appears Not Badly Dissatisfied with Way Matter Stands".

This is reporting on Al Capone's sentence after being found guilty on tax evasion charges.

Other news of the day. Light browning with little margin wear including small chunk missing along bottom margin (see) and little irregular at the spine, otherwise good. Capone report in not affected by the wear.

wikipedia notes: Although Capone always did his business through front men and had no accounting records in his own name (even his mansion was in his wife's name), Al Alcini started linking him to his earnings. This brought the Government's attention to the fact Al Capone was not paying substantial income tax. The federal income tax laws allowed the federal government to pursue Capone on tax evasion[citation needed], their best chance of finally convicting him.

Pursuing Capone were Treasury agent Eliot Ness and his hand-picked team of incorruptible U.S. Prohibition agents, "The Untouchables," and agent Frank Wilson of the Treasury Department's Bureau of Internal Revenue (now called the Internal Revenue Service). During a routine warehouse raid, they discovered in a desk drawer what was clearly a crudely coded set of accounts. Ness then concentrated on pursuing Capone for his failure to pay tax on this substantial illegal income.

Capone was tried in a federal court in 1931. The Alcinis tried to help Capone, but he pleaded guilty to the charges on advice of his legal counsel, hoping for a plea bargain. But after the judge refused his lawyer's offers, and the jury was replaced on the day of the trial to frustrate Capone's associates' efforts to bribe or intimidate the original panel, Al Capone was found guilty on five of 22 counts of tax evasion for the years 1925, 1926, and 1927, and willful failure to file tax returns for 1928 and 1929[citation needed]. Capone's legal team offered to pay all outstanding tax and interest and told their client to expect a severe fine. The judge sentenced him to eleven years in a federal prison and one year in the county jail, as well as an earlier six-month contempt of court sentence;[17] he ultimately served only six and a half years because of good behavior in prison.[18] He also had to pay fines and court costs totalling $80,000. [19]

In early 2008, the Internal Revenue Service released selected documents relating to the investigation of Al Capone that had previously been considered confidential.

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