Ohio Mourns Loss Of Don, Midwest Mob Chief “Joe Loose” Dies In Cleveland

April 17, 2020 — Retired Cleveland mafia boss Joseph (Joe Loose) Iacobacci passed away this week at the age of 70, more than a decade removed from hanging up his mob spurs. The Cleveland mob today is a shadow of the organization Iacobacci joined over 35 years ago.

Iacobacci led the Cleveland crime family from 1993 to the mid-2010s, bringing the borgata back from a series of crushing federal indictments by forging strong ties to the Chicago Outfit and reestablishing the family’s connection to the Detroit mob. These days, the Cleveland crime family is a small group of old-timers, bookies and loansharks.

As a young Goodfella in the 1970s, Joe Loose fought on the front lines of the Ohio Italian mafia’s war against Irish mob boss Danny Greene and his Celtic Club crew. He was convicted of defrauding three New Jersey banks of $3,000,000 in 1996 and did two years in prison.

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