For the second time in recent history, Rudy Fratto’s name will be mentioned prominently in Judge Leinenweber’s court room. The first time it was during my attempt to bring Civil RICO charges against the Chicago Outfit. We all know how that turned out, unfortunately. Hopefully Judge Leinenweber remembers just what kind of a guy Fratto is now that he is once again before his Honor. Fratto is up on new Federal charges of wire fraud. Please read about it here before continuing. Too bad Judge Leinenweber refused to give my case against them a chance. Perhaps now that he is presiding over Rudy’s new indictment, Judge Leinenweber will think a little more about giving Fratto a pass this time.
During the time Jackie Cerone was setting the stage for what turned out to be U.S. District Court Case 10 CR 0196, I was around him nearly seven days a week, from breakfast time with his wife Judy until after-dinner cocktails with his mistress Rosa Pena, of Hoffman Estates. I managed to get to know people like Tommy Gilmore, Tommy Thomas (McCormick Place affiliates) and the Cleveland Guys (members of the Mob out of Ohio) like Sam Lucerelli (of Minute Men Staffing).
Billy Degironemo was someone that I knew well in advance of meeting the Cleveland Guys. Billy Degironemo is a known ‘phone guy’. He turns on phones for Outfit Bookmakers under bogus identities through his company Alpha Communications, which is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Because I pitied Degironemo, about seven years ago I warned him that Cerone was planning to break his legs (with the help of a thug). Cerone and Degironemo were planning to go in to a business partnership in Milwaukee relating to cellular phone stores, but Degironemo entered it alone, thus infuriating Cerone. Degironemo thanked me for the information and ran to Rudy Fratto to make amends. He told Rudy, “I thought we were friends.” Rudy feigned ignorance of any problem, which is when Degironemo betrayed me. Billy told Rudy what I confided in him. Fratto denied that Cerone would do that to Degironemo and ultimately Degironemo decided to believe Fratto over me.