April 24, 2020 — Chicago mafia elder statesman Marco (The Mover) D’Amico died this week at the age of 84. D’Amico served as a top advisor and official consigliere to longtime Outfit don John (Johnny No Nose) DiFronzo, who passed two years ago of a dementia-related illness.
DiFronzo took power in the Chicago mafia in the early 1990s. D’Amico and Johnny No Nose both hailed from the Outfit’s Elmwood Park crew and were known as seasoned old-school gangsters of the first order, in addition to being shrewd businessman in the white-collar world and making millions of dollars legitimately. While DiFronzo was low-key and more deliberate in his demeanor, D’Amico was a partier and famous in Windy City mob circles for being a man about town on Rush Street in his swinging heyday. His reputation for a fast-living lifestyle gave way to D’Amico’s nickname, the Mover, as in “mover and shaker.”
D’Amico was indicted in November 1994 in U.S. District Court on a slew of racketeering counts. The feds hit him with the full Monty so to speak: bookmaking, loansharking and extortion dating all the way back to the late 1970s.
Per the indictment, D’Amico ran “executive card games,” (high-stakes poker for high-rollers), and sponsored crews that robbed competing games, including one that planned to knock-off a purported “million-dollar game” in the resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He pleaded guilty in the case and did ten years in prison, finally getting out in the summer of 2005.
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