Sam Finazzo

Salvatore "Sam" Finazzo (November 5, 1908 - October 28, 1994) was a racketeer and the Don of the Detroit Boxing scene. He was an influential member of the Detroit Partnership.


Born in Partinico, Sicily. Sam was identified during the Valachi hearings as an active member of Detroit gambling fraternity. Finazzo's arrest record dates back to 1926 when at the age of 18 he suffered his first conviction. Salvatore became embroiled in a legal battle which would take 8 years to unravel when he and Dominic Licavoli were indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges on April 9, 1975. Finazzo and Licavoli were convicted as middle men in a Small Business Administration scheme in which they attempted to bribe two Cleveland based contractors to bribe a high ranking official of the SBA. Convicted in February of 1981 Finazzo was convicted and sentenced to 3 years in prison. Finazzo who began serving his sentence on September 1, 1983 was released early and returned to his home in Leonard Michigan.

Finazzo oversaw and ran the boxing rackets for the mob in Detroit. He operated out of the Motor City gym on woodward avenue, Detroit. He was an associate of the New York mob and of the Detroit Partnership. He was once called before the Rackets Committee during a Teamsters Union investigation along with Raffaele Quasarano, a member of the Detroit mob.

Finazzo died on October 28, 1994 at the age of 86.

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