Settimo Accardi

Posted: 13th April 2011 by admin in Lucchese Family, New York

Settimo Accardi

(October 23, 1902 – December 1977)

Accardi was born on October 23, 1902 in Vita, Italy, in the Sicilian province of Trapani. He immigrated to the U.S. shortly before World War I. He was a Sicilian mobster who controlled most criminal operations in Northern New Jersey and during the 1950s he was one of the largest heroin traffickers in the New York area. He soon became involved in gas-stamp black marketeering together with mobsters, Paul Castellano and Gambino. During Prohibition, Accardi was asked to serve as gang enforcer both in New York and North Jersey. He later founded his own criminal organization with mobsters like Willie Moretti, Joseph Sica, Abner Zwillman and Joe Adonis. Accardi was suspected of having an involvement in several gangland killings, but was never charged for them.

Accardi lived in Bloomfield, New Jersey and got married to Teresa Mineo. The couple had three children: Carmine, Salvatore, and Joseph.  Accardi also ventured in legal businesses and transactions and among Accardi’s legitimate businesses would include real estate and construction. Accardi’s arrest record included assault and violation of the federal narcotics laws.

Accardi was amazinngly able to avoid criminal charges for over a period of three decades, except for several counts of assault and battery. However, in June 1951, Accardi along with 16 others were convicted of operating a 600 gallon-a-day alcohol still in Midtown Manhattan. While serving a one-year sentence inside of federal prison, the Internal Revenue Service additionally issued a jeopardy tax assessment of $159,363 against Accardi.

On July 10, 1953, Accardi had not disclosed two previous arrests during his naturalization hearing and his U.S. citizenship was revoked in his defense.  Accardi even tried to argue that the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution gave him the right to withhold this information, but unfortunately the judge rejected this argument. Accardi has served as the leader of the Lucchese Crime Family Jersey Faction until his deportation.

Accardi got arrested on federal narcotics charges in New Jersey In 1955. After posting a $92,000 bond, Accardi skipped his bail and then fled back to Italy and right there he was able to continue smuggling heroin into the countries of US and Canada. Accardi later moved to Toronto, Canada, to continue this operation. In order not to get caught by federal authorities, Accardi was wise enough to put up schemes, in one of his schemes, Accardi was receiving suitcases of heroin from Sicily,  and another scheme was that the narcotics were hidden inside of the cans of anchovies.

By the year 1960, the United States authorities finally located and captured Accardi in Turin, Italy, where he was supposedly working as a fruit merchant. On November 28, 1963, Accardi was extradited back to New York after a long legal fight.

On July 21, 1964, Accardi was convicted on narcotics conspiracy and for skipping his bail. He was later sentenced to fifteen years of imprisonment and an amount of $16,000 as his fine. In the month of December , 1977, Settimo Accardi’s life soon came to an end.Settimo “Big Sam” Accardi (October 23, 1902 – December 1977) was a Sicilian mobster who controlled criminal operations in Northern New Jersey and was one of the largest heroin traffickers in the New York area during the 1950s. Accardi was born in Vita, Italy, in the Sicilian province of Trapani. He immigrated to the U.S. shortly before World War I, and soon became involved in gas-stamp black marketeering with Paul Castellano and Carlo Gambino. Du… More