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Research the cases of Sam Gravano, Jonathan Lebed, and Jimmy Coonan. For each of these criminals, analyze their cases in terms of how we have defined organized crime this week. In a 4- to 5-page Microsoft Word document, present a report that summarizes these cases and for each, answer the following questions:
•Does the criminal or his organization (if any) fit into any of the typologies presented in Week 1 lectures?

Provision of Illicit Services
Provision of Illicit Goods
Infiltration of Legitimate Business

•Would you characterize the crimes as white-collar crime or organized crime? Why?
•Explain how the criminal's ethnic identity played a role in the development of his criminal career.

Explain your reasoning.

Support your answers with appropriate research and examples.

Cite any sources in APA format.

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•Does the criminal or his organization (if any) fit into any of the typologies presented in Week 1 lectures?

The only two criminals that fit the typology for organized crime figures are Sammy Gravano and James Coonan, who were actually killers, extortionists, and racketeering organized crime figures. Jonathan Lebed was not even a considered a criminal by many, and he was able to settle his case against the S.E.C. for $285,000 while retaining $500,000 of the money that he had made from his alleged illicit activities. Despite the fact that the S.E.C. attempted to claim that these proceeds were different from the $285,000 he was required to forfeit, this is not accurate according to a N.Y. Times article on the subject. Nevertheless, I will provide a brief overview on the typologies so that (you) can gain a better understanding of each criminals' case.

Sammy "The Bull" Gravano was a classic organized crime thug. He murdered at least 19 people, he was a underboss for the Gambino crime family, and a general thug overall. His behavior over his lifelong criminal career didn't even end after he turned state witness, which was the first time someone of his sordid caliber within the mafia organization as a whole, had "snitched". Because of his testimony, the head of the Gambino crime family along with at least 30 other top leaders were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences, but after being placed in witness protection, he ...

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Organized crime research is examined.

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