Seattle organized crime figure Frank Colacurcio Sr. dies

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by KING5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 2 at 5:30 PM

SEATTLE -  Frank Colacurcio Sr., the city's infamous organized-crime figure, has died at 93.

For more than a half century, Colacurcio Sr. has been linked to organized crime activity while building a a fortune through strip clubs.

The son of a King County farmer, he entered the topless nightclub business after making a name for himself in Seattle's pinball industry in the 1950s. He was identified as a racketeer in hearings before a U.S. Senate organized crime committee in 1957 and has periodically served time for racketeering and tax convictions.


Along with his son, Frank Colacurcio, Jr., the elder Colacurcio has been battling federal prosecution and was under indictment at the time of his death. He was facing charges of racketeering and promoting prostitution.

Just last week, federal prosecutors dismantled his strip-club operations. Colacurcio, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and is headed to prison.

The clubs have been a law enforcement target for years - even before the infamous Strippergate scandal in 2003 when the Colacurcios secretly funneled campaign contributions to three Seattle city council members who were considering their request to expand the Rick's parking lot.

Colacurcio, Sr. has been in poor health for some time. He suffered from congestive heart failure.
Mr.Colacurcio's death was confirmed by his attorney, Irwin Schwartz.  Schwartz said the family will not be releasing a statement.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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