03/25/2010

Feds: Cash, guns and jewelry found in mobster's house

More than $700,000 found behind a family portrait

By Tammy Webber
The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Federal officials say seven loaded firearms, jewelry and more than $700,000 in cash have been found in a secret compartment of a reputed mobster's home in suburban Chicago.

An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday says the FBI and U.S. Marshals searched Frank Calabrese Sr.'s home Tuesday. The document says the stash was found in a basement wall, hidden behind a family portrait.

Calabrese is serving a life sentence and has been ordered to pay millions after being convicted in a racketeering conspiracy that included more than a dozen murders.

Calabrese's attorney says he doesn't know who stashed the items, and his client hasn't lived in the home since the mid-1990s. The U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI and U.S. Marshal's Service declined comment.

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