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Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 5676: United States vs. Jake Binaggia, Frank Fondana and Tony Dibanata, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of Arthur L. Curran, Federal Prohibition Agent, Binaggia, Fondana, and Dibanata were in possession of five gallons of whiskey on December 18, 1922.

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April 13th 1923

Search warrant issued for "the premises of John Doe (true name unknown) at 100 Delaware Street, alleging that "intoxicating liquor has been and is now being illegally kept, bartered and sold, in the pool hall and soft drink parlor" at that address. The search warrant was executed on February 28, 1923, and was relevant to Criminal Case No. 5676: United States vs. Jake Binaggia, Frank Fondana and Tony Dibanata, defendant.

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February 28th 1923

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 5839: United States vs. Pete Cardina, Mike Titino, Thomas Tococo and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document states that, per the affidavit of Arthur L. Curran, Federal Prohibition Agent, the defendants were found in possession of "a certain quantity of intoxicating liquor," i.e. one and one-fourth pints of whiskey. The affidavit also notes that Gargotta has a prior conviction of possession in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

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April 26th 1923

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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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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."

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1924

Commitments 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. Manning Wilcox, Harvey Storms, Arthur L. Curran, and Elton Apt were found guilty of violating Section 37 of the Penal Code and sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth and assessed fines of 2,000, plus costs, per person.

Date: 
November 32nd 1926

Order for the Dismissal of Criminal Case No. 6470: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The document, signed by District Judge Albert L. Reeves, also orders dismissed eighteen additional cases involving the same defendants, all Federal Prohibition Agents. Eight more cases involving other defendants were also dismissed by this order.

Date: 
November 30th 1927
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