Italian Mobster Caught Working At A Pizzeria In France After 16 Years On The Run
Edgardo Greco, a convicted killer and former mob boss, was apprehended by Interpol after spending 16 years on the run after a small French daily carried a piece on his new restaurant.
Greco’s Life in Hiding
After spending 16 years evading capture, Interpol finally apprehended former mobster Edgardo Greco in what began as a small French daily newspaper article about his new restaurant. Convicted of murder, Greco was long sought by law enforcement for his ties to organized crime.
Edgardo Greco was convicted of murder in 2002 and sentenced to life in prison. He escaped custody shortly after the sentence and went on the run, living undetected in France for over 16 years. During this time, Greco opened a pizzeria in Paris and managed it until his arrest.
Greco’s life on the run was finally put to an end in 2018 when he was arrested while trying to board an international flight with a false passport. Greco’s escape illuminates the unknown power of organized crime networks and their ability to help their associates avoid capture by law enforcement.
Greco was able to evade capture for so long in part due to the assistance he received from networks of mobsters, criminals, and criminals-in-waiting. This reminds us that mobsters remain a powerful force in many societies, capable of providing both criminal benefits and protection from the law.
How He Was Discovered
Greco was discovered after a small French daily newspaper ran a piece on his new restaurant Run Pizz’A Tutti in the village of Grignan, France.
The article caught the attention of the police who used facial recognition technology to identify him, leading to his apprehension.
By the time of his arrest, 64-year-old Giuseppe Greco had been evading authorities for nearly three decades. During that time, he had used false identities to traverse several countries and established a network of businesses which he is believed to have used as fronts for his illicit activities.
But although Greco had managed to remain anonymous and unidentifiable while staying one step ahead of the law, in March 2020, advances in technology finally helped put an end to his days on the run.
The Mobster's Imprisonment
Greco was initially arrested in 2003 and convicted of political corruption, extortion and murder. After being sentenced to 22 years in prison, he was granted early release in 2016 for good behavior. However, shortly after his release, he went on the run and had been evading law enforcement until now.
Greco had been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Ten Most Wanted list for several years before finally being arrested in Miami after a tip came in to the FBI.
His arrest was welcomed by law enforcement officials and politicians who called him a “dangerous mobster.” Greco is known to have ties to organized crime, including the infamous Genovese crime family and the Cosa Nostra.
Throughout his career, he has been linked to various illegal activities including loan-sharking, murder-for-hire, racketeering, money steering and drug trafficking. He is now facing new charges that could lead to an even longer jail sentence.
Greco was incarcerated in 2014 and since then has been transferred to multiple high-security prisons including United States Penitentiary in Lompoc, California and Federal Correctional Complex Coleman in Sumterville, Florida. While most of the time Greco is housed in the general population he has also had periods of solitary confinement.
During his incarceration, Greco has had numerous appeals to try to reduce or dismiss some of his sentence but these have all been unsuccessful. Its believed that appeals such as this one could be an attempt by organized crime members to loosen the stranglehold on famous mobsters like him.
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