Reputed mob boss dies in prison
Albert 'Caesar' Tocco case became Scorsese film 'Casino'

Monday, September 26, 2005; Posted: 12:24 p.m. EDT (16:24 GMT)

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Albert "Caesar" Tocco, a reputed mob boss who was sentenced to 200 years after his wife took the unusual step of testifying against him, has died in an Indiana prison. He was 77.

Tocco died on Wednesday in a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, after suffering a stroke, said Mike Truman, spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was 15 years into his prison sentence for racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and tax fraud.

He allegedly oversaw organized crime operations in many of Chicago's southern suburbs. "Just the way he looked at you, just the way he talked to you was scary," said retired FBI agent Bob Pecoraro.

Tocco was arrested in Greece in 1989 and brought back to Chicago where he was convicted in federal court.

His wife, Betty, testified that in 1986 she drove him from an Indiana cornfield where he told her he had just buried Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, the mob's man in Las Vegas for two decades, and his brother Michael. The Spilotro case was portrayed in the 1995 Martin Scorsese movie, "Casino."