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Crime Boss Arrested In Bellevue

Sat., Jan. 28, 1995

Lawrence “Sal” Iorizzo, a Mafia crime boss who masterminded a multimillion-dollar gasoline-tax scam in the 1980s, has been arrested after several years on the run.

Iorizzo, 56, and his son Joseph, 25, were taken into custody Thursday outside a restaurant in a suburban Bellevue business-and-retail complex by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service.

The crime boss was led into U.S. District Court, where he waived a hearing that could have delayed his extradition to Texas. In Texas, an 11-count federal indictment charges him, his son and three other defendants with ripping off thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, evading taxes on the fuel and laundering the money through offshore accounts on the Cayman Islands.

The Iorizzos were expected to be sent back to Texas soon.

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