STRIP CLUB OPERATOR AND LONG TIME ALLEGED SEATTLE CRIME BOSS FRANK COLACURCIO DEAD AT 93
July 03, 2010
(SEATTLE, WA) -- Frank Colacurcio Sr., who ran for decades in the Northwest a series of strip club operations that law enforcement and prosecutors long claimed were a part of a larger scheme of illegal activities including prostitution, has died at the age of 93.
Colacurcio Sr., who had been in ill health for some time, died Friday from congestive heart failure at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Less than ten days ago his son, Frank Colacurcio Junior, struck a plea deal with Federal prosecutors on charges that followed a racketeering investigation.
As part of the plea deal, Colacurcio Jr. will spend a year in prison and turn over $1.3 Million dollars.
Colacurcio Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Seattle and as a result of the plea and deal with prosecutors, other charges against Colacurcio Jr., including mail fraud, will be dismissed at his sentencing.
Both the senior and junior Colacurcios, along with four others, were charged last year following a racketeering investigation into prostitution and other crimes that were allegedly occurring with regularity at Seattle-area strip clubs.
The four other Colacurcio associates have already pleaded guilty and the four strip clubs they ran have been closed.
The only defendant left in the case was Frank Colacurcio Sr., however due to his ill health his son recently executed power of attorney on his father’s behalf.
It was thought at that time the elder Colacurcio was unable to function on his own in legal matters.
COLACURCIO SR. LONG THE TARGET OF PROSECUTORS AS ALLEGED CRIME BOSS
Frank Colacurcio Sr. has run for decades in the Northwest a series of strip club operations that law enforcement and prosecutors claim were a part of a larger scheme of illegal activities including prostitution.
He has gained notoriety as a subject of ongoing federal investigations into organized crime in Seattle and was long suspected of being an organized crime boss.
Born to immigrant parents from Southern Italy, Colacurcio is the second oldest of nine children. According to previously published reports he grew up working his father's vegetable farm in Seattle on land that is now Boeing Field. During the Great Depression, Colacurcio dropped out of the eighth grade and at age 15 started a produce-hauling business. By age 18, he had opened his first company in the trucking industry.
In 1943, Colacurcio was convicted of carnal knowledge for having sex with an underage girl. His attorney was Albert Rosellini, who later became the governor of Washington State. Colarcurcio served more than a year at the Monroe State Reformatory.
From the 1970s on, Colacurcio was the target of numerous criminal investigations and began serving time in prison. Law enforcement had long suspected him of being the mastermind behind political and police corruption in the city of Seattle.
During the period from 1971 to 1974, Colacurcio was convicted of federal racketeering and conspiracy charges stemming from illegal bingo activities and served two years in prison. Prosecutors also exposed Colacurcio's role in a payoff and extortion system in which police were bribed to tolerate illegal gambling. He was then convicted of income tax evasion, but that conviction was overturned on appeal.
Throughout the 1980s, law enforcement continued to monitor Colacurcio’s activities. He was the subject of a two-day law-enforcement conference in Las Vegas organized by the FBI and attended by investigators from 12 Western states.
During this period, Colacurcio was convicted of tax fraud stemming from his strip club operations in King County and served two and a half years in prison. In Arizona, authorities indicted several Colacurcio relatives for alleged profit skimming at topless taverns, bribery, and money laundering.
In the early 1990s, Colacurcio pleaded guilty to tax fraud at strip clubs he ran in Alaska and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. His son, Frank Colacurcio Jr., also pleaded guilty to these charges. Later, while out on parole, Colacurcio was convicted of fondling a woman applying for a job at one of his clubs.