Follow the Money


Mob bosses rarely paid a price for their thieving and murderous acts. Witnesses often were afraid to testify, and jurors were paid off to ensure “not guilty” verdicts. But if mobsters didn’t pay their income taxes, they could run into big trouble. Just ask Al Capone, the Chicago bootlegging boss who found himself serving time in Alcatraz for dodging the tax man. The Treasury Department’s Intelligence Unit – the T-Men – built the cases that put away Capone and many other mobsters and corrupt public officials in the 1930s and ’40s.