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Robert Abbinanti

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Associate

Chicago Outfit
 
Background

Employment History

  • Co-Precinct Captain
    36th Ward Regular Democratic Organization on the Northwest Side

Board Memberships and Affiliations

6 Total References
Web References
IHO imposing Trusteeship on the Chicago District Council
www.thelaborers.net, 17 Feb 2001 [cached]
In 1995, Borelli pled guilty to bookmaking offenses involving D'Amico, Robert Abbinanti, Cooley, and others.
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41. Cooley was introduced to Toots Caruso through Robert Abbinanti, a member of the Chicago Outfit.
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Cooley said that Toots Caruso and Abbinanti had a close relationship.
Stier Anderson & Malone reports on corruption and organized crime influence in Teamster Union
www.ipsn.org [cached]
A former member of Local 726, Abbinanti is publicly listed as an associate of the Chicago Outfit in the 1997 Chicago Crime Commission report, "The New Faces of Organized Crime. The report indicated that in 1994 Abbinanti pleaded guilty, along with organized crime member Marco D'Amico, head of the Elmwood Park Street crew, in a racketeering case involving sports betting, extortion to collect gambling debts, and loan sharking.
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4 Abbinanti was a dues paying member of Local 726 until July 1995. 5 Abbinanti was released from prison in 2001.
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As discussed above, Robert Abbinanti was identified as an organized crime associate by the Chicago Crime Commission in 1997, specifically as a member or associate of the North Side, Elmwood Park street crew and was in prison at that time .22 In April 1995, Abbinanti pleaded guilty to racketeering, illegal gambling, attempted extortion, and use of a firearm and sentenced to 60 months in prison.
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Abbinanti, a Teamster truck driver for Streets and Sanitation, is related through marriage to D'Amico and a member of D'Amico's crew.
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Cooley stated that Abbinanti told him that Stefanski was a "close friend" and that they "had known each other for years.
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Abbinanti further identified Stefanski "as one of the operators who worked within the bookmaking operation" in the late 1980s.
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A former law enforcement sources corroborated Cooley's recollection that Stefanski is a close friend of Abbinanti.
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26 Abbinanti's employment with the Teamsters overlapped Stefanski's tenure as principal officer by six months when Abbinanti was found guilty of racketeering, as discussed above. His Local 726 status is listed as "on suspension" by July 14, 1995. 27
When interviewed, Stefanski denied being friends with Abbinanti, denied socializing with him or gambling with him, and also denied knowing what a wire room was.
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Stefanski further denied witnessing Abbinanti engaged in bookmaking or engaging in bookmaking himself.
Organized Crime & Political Corruption
www.ipsn.org, 5 Aug 2012 [cached]
The information provided offers a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of an outfit street crew, and it formed the basis of a 10-count federal indictment aimed against top guy D’Amico and eight other members of his “Enterprise” including Marco’s second in command, Anthony Dote, 43, of Elmwood Park; and veteran street men Carl R. Dote; Chicago residents Roland “Ricky” Borelli, 59; Frank “Frankenstein” Maranto, 61; Robert “Hippo” Scutkowski, 47; Frank “Gunner” Catapano, 58, of Schiller Park; William “Louie” Tenuta, 66, of Elmwood Park; and Robert Abbinanti, a 39-year-old truck driver for the ever famous “wise guy” employment agency - the City of Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department - who is related to Marco through marriage.
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Robert Abbinanti had served as a co-precinct captain for the 36th Ward Regular Democratic Organization on the Northwest Side back in 1983. The boundaries of the bungalow belt ward brush up against O’Hare Airport. Once the political fiefdom of Alderman Louis Farina until Farina was convicted on bribery charges in the early 1980s, it remains one of the strongest cogs in the old Democratic Machine of legend. It is presently controlled by Alderman William J.P. Banks, whose brother Ronald is judge in the 4th District. Voter turnout in the 36th Ward always runs proportionately higher than in other areas of the city, because of the well-oiled political apparatus. The precinct captain and his assistants gather at the polls on election day reminding the residents to vote - and to influence them on how to vote.
Abbinanti was also an amateur boxer at onetime - a body builder type who became very close to the rising star of Marco D’Amico.
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Robert Abbinanti, the Streets and San truck driver, was told to bring along shotguns and a .22 caliber handgun equipped with a silencer to the Wisconsin digs to make a score in hitting the card game.
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Abbinanti and D’Amico then drove to Wisconsin, but the operation was aborted when a lookout posted outside the gambling establishment waved them off.
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They were inside the room and the heavily armed agents were preparing to arrest Abbinanti and blow the lid off of the “Enterprise.” A nice piece of law enforcement work went for naught.
As it turned out, the card game ruse was Cooley’s final adventure as an undercover government informant in the D’Amico investigation. Shortly afterward he entered the witness protection program and has been testifying against top level mob guys in one way or another ever since.
A former member of Local 726, ...
www.thedarkersideofbrown.com [cached]
A former member of Local 726, Abbinanti is publicly listed as an associate of the Chicago Outfit in the 1997 Chicago Crime Commission report, "The New Faces of Organized Crime."The report indicated that in 1994 Abbinanti pleaded guilty, along with organized crime member Marco D'Amico, head of the Elmwood Park Street crew, in a racketeering case involving sports betting, extortion to collect gambling debts, and loan sharking.4 Abbinanti was a dues paying member of Local 726 until July 1995.5 Abbinanti was released from prison in 2001.6 IBT field representatives received information that Dan Stefanski, the principal officer of Local 726 until April 2003, was overheard in 2000 in a bar discussing D'Amico's imminent release from prison.The report indicated that in 1994 Abbinanti pleaded guilty, along with organized crime member Marco D'Amico, head of the Elmwood Park Street crew, in a racketeering case involving sports betting, extortion to collect gambling debts, and loan sharking.4 Abbinanti was a dues paying member of Local 726 until July 1995.5 Abbinanti was released from prison in 2001.6 IBT field representatives received information that Dan Stefanski, the principal officer of Local 726 until April 2003, was overheard in 2000 in a bar discussing D'Amico's imminent release from prison.
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As discussed above, Robert Abbinanti was identified as an organized crime associate by the Chicago Crime Commission in 1997, specifically as a member or associate of the North Side, Elmwood Park street crew and was in prison at that time.22 In April 1995, Abbinanti pleaded guilty to racketeering, illegal gambling, attempted extortion, and use of a firearm and sentenced to 60 months in prison.
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Abbinanti, a Teamster truck driver for Streets and Sanitation, is related through marriage to D'Amico and a member of D'Amico's crew.
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Cooley had observed Stefanski with Abbinanti at the restaurant.
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Cooley stated that Abbinanti told him that Stefanski was a "close friend" and that they "had known each other for years."
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Abbinanti further identified Stefanski "as one of the operators who worked within the bookmaking operation" in the late 1980s.25
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A former law enforcement sources corroborated Cooley's recollection that Stefanski is a close friend of Abbinanti.26 Abbinanti's employment with the Teamsters overlapped Stefanski's tenure as principal officer by six months when Abbinanti was found guilty of racketeering, as discussed above.
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When interviewed, Stefanski denied being friends with Abbinanti, denied socializing with him or gambling with him, and also denied knowing what a wire room was.
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Stefanski further denied witnessing Abbinanti engaged in bookmaking or engaging in bookmaking himself.
Laborers-LIUNA's Memorandum and Order for Trusteeship of the Chicago District Council of Laborers
www.laborers.org, 7 Feb 1998 [cached]
In 1995, Borelli pled guilty to bookmaking offenses involving D'Amico, Robert Abbinanti, Cooley and others.
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41. Cooley was introduced to Toots Caruso through Robert Abbinanti, a member of the Chicago Outfit.
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Cooley said that Toots Caruso and Abbinanti had a close relationship.
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