Michigan

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Four
Chapter: 
4
It is believed that Harry V. Mohney of Durand, Michigan, is one of the largest dealers in pornography in the United States. Most of the pornography he deals in is of foreign origin. He is alleged to have a close association with the LCN Colombo and the LCN DeCavalcante, both of which are very influential in pornography in the eastern United States. In Michigan, Mohney is known to hire individuals with organized crime associations to manage his businesses. His businesses and corporations consist of 60 known adult bookstores, massage parlors, art theaters, adult drive-in movies, go-go type lounges and pornographic ware houses in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, and California. He is involved in the financing and production of pornographic movies, magazines, books, and newspapers. He also directs the importation and distribution of his own and other pornographic publications to retail and wholesale outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Mohney purchases all publications that are available from Parliament News in Van Nuys, California and many other firms in California. He has a working relationship with DeCavalcante's representative Robert DiBernardo and has met with Vito Giacalone and Joseph Zerilli of the LCN Detroit. He has to cater to both to operate in Michigan. Mohney is presently under indictment and is to go to trial October 31, 1977.

During a search of B & W Distributors, 17311 West 7 Mile Road, Detroit, 544 reels of pornographic film were seized. Silent partners in the business were William Berkowitz and Samuel Norber, both known organized crime figures in the Detroit area.

Nicholas Frangoulis was arrested on July 26, 1975 by London, Ontario police for possession with intent to distribute 191 reels of pornographic film which he had taken out of the United States and smuggled into Canada. He is an associate of Detroit orga nized crime figures Louis Ruggirello and Mike Thomas. Frangoulis stated that he was a pornography salesman in Detroit employed by Variety Distributors, Inc., believed to be Variety Books of Durand, Michigan owned and operated by Harry Mohney.

The major wholesaler of pornographic material in the Detroit area is Royal News in Romulus, Michigan, which is a subsidiary of Sovereign News of Cleveland. Royal News is run by Richard Little and Samuel Zerilli, who answer directly to Reuben Sturman.

Another large-scale wholesaler is Samuel Ellman who owns or has an interest in Crown Industries and Supply (mentioned earlier as the parent company of Crown News, Camden, New Jersey), Slam Products, and Tiara Industries, all in Detroit. Ellman's partner is Milton Moskovitz, known to be a long time pornographic dealer. Crown Industries and Slam Products are wholesale operations, while the Tiara Company manufactures rubber goods that are then sold to Crown and Slam companies.