Salvatore "Sam" Ricotta

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Salvatore "Sam" Ricotta (1893-1968) was believed to be an alleged member of the San Francisco crime family. Sam was born on 14 Feb 1893 in Mussomeli, Caltanissetta, Sicilia, Italy to parents Pasquale Ricotta and Nunziata. Sam immigrated to the U.S.A with his father on 26 Apr 1912 via New York City. While living in the Bay Area Sam was known to be a beer parlor and salesman and involved in the grocery business. Sam was known to be a leader of a counterfeiting gang in the bay area. In 1933 Sam and four others were arrested in a local hotel where $1000 in bogus $20 bills was seized by a posse headed by Sheriff William J. Emig and Under Sheriff Earle Hamilton. While in jail a member of the gang confesses that Sam was involved with the murder of Nicola Sigismondo and three others in San Jose, CA. Sam was sentenced to ten years in federal prison at McNeil Island Penitentiary which is located in Mcneil Plant, Pierce, Washington. During the 1940's Sam was involved in an Olive Oil racket in San Francisco, CA with some Chicago racketeers. Sam was married to Virginia Mungoia (1908-1931) together they had a daughter name, Grace J Ricotta. Sam died on 8 Mar 1968 in San Francisco, California and is buried at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery which is located in Colma, San Mateo County, California.


Submitted: May 26, 2019

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