Mobster's Mom May Say Houses Are Hers

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 PM CDT
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Potential Evidence Found in Calabrese Home

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The mother of a mobster may claim ownership of several properties that federal authorities want to seize.

With his conviction in the Family Secrets case, Frank Calabrese Sr. owes more than $20 million to the federal government, money the feds hope to get by seizing properties they say he has in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida.

But the Chicago Sun-Times reported that an Oak Brook attorney filed a letter this month indicating the properties may be actually owned by Sophie Calabrese, making them off-limits to authorities.

The issue came up after nearly $750,000 in cash, loaded guns, jewelry and audio recordings were found in a basement wall of Frank Calabrese  Sr.'s Oak  Brook home in March.

The attorney, Alphonse Talarico, is a long-time associate of the family and federal authorities say his involvement in any legal transactions involving Sophie Calabrese will be fully scrutinized.

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