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Vincent Jimmy Jones Potenza


Lucchese Soldier


American Express Thief


Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords


Copyright 2019 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.


Vincent J. Potenza (August 25, 1926-December 11, 1995) was named as a Cosa Nostra figure in 1964 by former Genovese family associate Joseph Michael Joe Cargo Valachi (1904-1971). Potenza’s FBI # was 436241.

On October 3, 1944 Vincent Potenza entered the U.S. Army in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a Private First Class. His earlier employment included work in the tinsmith/coppersmith industry. Single, with no dependents at the time, he had three years of high school. He was discharged from military service on March 9, 1946.

Potenza’s criminal rap sheet, from 1945-1959, included arrests for burglary, unlawful entry, vagrancy, stolen securities, grand larceny, felonious assault, assault and interstate theft. He had served a cumulative of five years in prison for convictions on these charges. Potenza was sentenced to five more years for fugitive and conspiracy to transport stolen securities.

On Friday, April 25, 1959, Vincent Potenza was one of two men arrested in San Francisco. Both men were wanted in connection for the theft of $85,000 in cash and money orders from an American Express office at Idlewild Airport in New York City. The theft occurred on Sunday, April 19th.


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