Luppino crime family

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Luppino crime family
Founded by Giacomo Luppino
Founding location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active ca. early 1950s–?
Territory Various neighborhoods over Hamilton and Toronto
Ethnicity Made men are Italian, Italian-Canadian.
Membership (est.) Unknown
Criminal activities Racketeering, loan sharking, money laundering, fraud, murder, gambling, drug trafficking, extortion and corruption
Allies Buffalo crime family
Rivals Various gangs in Hamilton

The Luppino crime family is a 'Ndrangheta organization based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Luppino clan is one of three centralized Mafia organizations in Hamilton, the other two being the Papalia crime family and the Musitano crime family.[1] The Luppinos had strong connections with the Buffalo crime family of Buffalo, New York.

History

Giacomo Luppino and his family immigrated to Hamilton in the early 1950s from Castellace, Calabria, Italy.[2]

In the early 1960s, the Luppinos became associated with local bootlegger Paolo Violi, but left for Montreal in 1963 on Luppino's orders to avoid clashes with other Hamilton mobster Johnny Papalia. In Montreal, Violi developed connections with the Cotroni crime family, while maintaining ties with the Luppino family; he married Giacomo Luppino's daughter, Grazia in 1965.[3]

In 1967, police began a five-year surveillance operation on Giacomo Luppino, which included wiretaping his Hamilton home.[4]

In the early 1970s, Natale Luppino, son of Giacomo Luppino, worked with Toronto mobster Paul Volpe on extortion schemes where they would be paid kickbacks from both the union and the developers for negotiating construction contracts.[5][6]

In 1982, Tony and John Luppino, and Gerry Fumo were convicted of fraud in 1982, receiving 15 month, 12 month and 18 month sentences respectively.[7]

Giacomo Luppino died of natural causes at the age of 87 in March 1987, whereby his son Vincenzo "Jimmy" Luppino took over the family.[2]

In a 1999 interview with Musitano family hitman Kenneth Murdock, Murdock revealed he was ordered to kill Jimmy Luppino, but did not go through with it.[8]

Born in 1926, Jimmy Luppino died of natural causes at the age of 83 in July 2009 in Burlington.[2]

A 2002 Halton Police report suggested the Violi brothers, Domenico and Giuseppe Violi, grandsons to Giacomo Luppino, who moved back to Hamilton after their father Paolo Violi was killed in Montreal, were affiliated with the Luppino family.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Unease as mobsters set free". National Post. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Retired mobster dies peacefully". thespec.com. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Schneider, Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada, pp. 259
  4. ^ Schneider, Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada, pp. 310
  5. ^ "Mob war led to Russo shooting, sources say". theglobeandmail.com. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Schneider, Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada, pp. 319
  7. ^ Schneider, Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada, pp. 333
  8. ^ "Mafia hitman reveals his code for killings". thestar.com. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "2002 Halton Police report had intelligence on accused mobster". thestar.com. 15 November 2017. 
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