U.S. vs. Charles Carollo: Sentencing
Sentencing in Criminal Case No. 14578: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was found guilty of perjury by jury trial. Judge Merrill E. Otis writes that the proof of Carollo's guilt was "overwhelming," discusses the seriousness of perjury as "gravely threatening to the well-being of the state," and notes that the maximum punishment allowed is five years' imprisonment and a $2,000 fine. Otis also notes that Carollo had a prior criminal record, and as an immigrant, "sought to repay the people of the United States for the welcome they had extended ... by violating and defying their laws." Carollo received a sentence of four years in the penitentiary for case No. 14578. Otis further sentenced Carollo, after he plead guilty in case No. 14581, to one year and one day in the penitentiary, to be served consecutively with the previous sentence. Otis also handled sentencing for case No. 14639, in which Carollo plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion. Otis sentenced the defendant in this case to three years in the penitentiary and repayment of the income taxes, interest, and penalties due for the years 1938 and 1938, and notes the pentalty alone totals over $80,000.