Gargotta, Gus

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Report from a grand jury inquiry concerning federal law violations and the personals involved in the Western District of Missouri. The grand jury heard from 185 witnesses, with 90% of those witnesses being law violators, and determined "there is no organized attempt" at violating federal laws in the district, and those violations "are committed by individuals rather than by a regular organized concert of individuals or by some crime syndicate." The report goes on to discuss the court's belief that its quick processing of cases has a deterrent effect on crime.

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Memorandum regarding Gus Gargotta, describing him as a brother of Charles Gargotta and operator of the Green Hills gambling club near Parkville, Missouri. He is also described as having interest in other gambling establishments in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, and also been charged with bank robbery, murder, and other crimes.

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FBI report for Gus Gargotta, including Prohibition violations, bank robbery, murder, and other charges in Kansas City, Omaha, and Wichita. The document also includes biographical information and a physical description.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 11781: United States vs. Gus Gargotta, Hallitt Perkins, Willie Cox, Fred Sorisso and George Evans, defendants. The defendants were charged in multiple counts: in Count I, sale of eight ounces of whiskey; in Count II, another sale of eight ounces of whiskey; in Count III, with operating "the business of a retail dealer in intoxicating liquor" without having paid the appropriate tax; and in Count IV, with maintaining a common nuisance at 503 Walnut Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Warrant to apprehend in Criminal Case No. 11781: United States vs. Gus Gargotta, Hallitt Perkins, Willie Cox, Fred Sorisso and George Evans, defendants. Commissioner James S. Summers approved the warrant to arrest the defendants per an account by Prohibition Investigator Leo C. Krayer that he and another investigator were able to purchase "four whiskey highballs and one pint of colored spirits," as well as other illegal purchases.

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Commitment in Criminal Case No. 11781: United States vs. Gus Gargotta, Hallitt Perkins, Willie Cox, Fred Sorisso and George Evans, defendants. The document reports that Gus Gargotta was charged in four counts with violating the Prohibition Act. He entered a plea of guilty to the first count and was sentenced to serve two months at the Buchanan County Jail in St. Joseph, Missouri. Gargotta was delivered to the jailer on December 23, 1932.

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