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date: 14 November 2018

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The Mafia in America became a concern that paralleled the immigration wave from Italy during the late 1800s. It was closely associated with victimization within Italian communities in northeastern US cities. National interest in Italian-American organized crime grew after the Prohibition era, and it was ultimately followed by powerful new federal laws to infiltrate organized crime groups, numerous criminal informants coming forward to testify, and many significant convictions, which has weakened the influence of Italian-American groups in American organized crime. The activities of these organized crime groups have remained strikingly similar over the years, although changes in opportunity and criminal markets have impacted Mafia operations, which continue today.

Keywords: Mafia, Cosa Nostra, Italian-American organized crime, Joseph Valachi, President’s Crime Commission, Jimmy Fratianno, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Frank Tieri, prosecution

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