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Report: Reputed mob boss left little

Paper details Bruno's probate

SPRINGFIELD -- The late reputed mob leader Adolfo ''Big Al" Bruno, who was gunned down in November 2003, left behind $9,423 in personal property, according to state probate records.

Prosecutors said Bruno, whose killing remains unsolved, was worth much more than the amount records show because he was a top figure in the New York City-based Genovese crime family's operation in Springfield.

The Republican newspaper of Springfield reported that Bruno left no will and only five investment accounts ranging between $54 and $4,700, according to a statement filed by his widow, Anna, in Hampden Probate and Family Court.

No cash, automobiles, homes, business interests, or other assets were listed in the filing made by lawyer Anthony J. Scibelli of Springfield on the family's behalf, the Republican reported.

''I would find it surprising that anyone convicted of illegal gambling and other organized crime activity would candidly disclose all of his assets at the time of his death," said Henry L. Rigali, a former federal prosecutor. ''It would be inconsistent with his prior conduct."

Bruno was shot five times as he left his regular Sunday night card game at an Italian social club Nov. 23, 2003, one day before his 58th birthday.

Scibelli refused to comment, and Anna Bruno could not be reached, the Republican reported.

Hampden District Attorney William M. Bennett said after Bruno's death that the mobster would have been indicted for allegedly running an offshore Internet gambling ring.

Bennett also did not comment on the probate matter.

Bruno, co-owner of a bakery, was convicted of federal gambling charges in 1981 and 1984.

Bruno's family is required to file a final accounting of his income with the IRS and the state Department of Revenue for tax purposes.

The filing says Anna Bruno will distribute the $9,423 left by her husband. She and her four sons are listed as owning property with Bruno, but no properties are listed on the form, the newspaper reported.

Mafia specialist L. Michael McCartney said high-profile mobsters rarely acknowledge wealth on paper.

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