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Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6469: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Benno Grauenbaum, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were all Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are all charged "in the unlawful manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors or in the unlawful possession thereof." They are also charged with dividing the city into "different raiding territories," then using their positions to extort money from the subjects of their investigations and raids.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6472: United States vs. Arthur L. Curran and Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol. The case was dismissed by order of District Judge Albert L. Reeves in November 1927.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6473: United States vs. Arthur L. Curran and Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol. The case was dismissed by order of District Judge Albert L. Reeves in November 1927.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6474: United States vs. Ray Kirk and Benno Grauenbaum, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol. The case was dismissed by order of District Judge Albert L. Reeves in November 1927.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6490: United States vs. Max Jaffey, Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, and A. L. Sorenson, defendants. DeMayo is charged with the "unlawful sale of intoxicating liquors" in violation of the National Prohibition Act, and A. L. Sorenson is charged with the purchase of alcohol, from DeMayo, in violation of the Act. Together, they, with Jaffey, are charged with conspiracy to extort money from Sorenson for protection from arrest and prosecution due to that sale. Sorenson is also charged with selling alcohol.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6470: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are all charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol.

Date: 
May 24th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6471: United States vs. Elton Apt and Arthur L. Curran, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Praecipe for witnesses before the Grand Jury in Criminal Case No. 6469: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Benno Grauenbaum, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The document lists individuals to whom the court will issue a subpoena to appear in court on November 17, 1924, to testify in the case. The document lists names and addresses of witnesses, including individuals who were alleged victims of extortion by the defendants.

Date: 
November 10th 1924

Transcript of examination of Joseph Lusco before the Grand Jury in Criminal Case No. 6469: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Benno Grauenbaum, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The transcript examination of Joseph Lusco regarding his experience with Agents Wilcox and Curran. Lusco had a pending Prohibition violation case, and had previously been convicted of other Prohibition violations. When Lusco was asked where he kept his liquor, he replied "That is for you to find out."

Date: 
1924
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