Government Witness Edit
In April 2000, Tocco sat in a Detroit court room and testified against his cousin, crime boss Jack Tocco, a graduate of the University of Detroit, he's the first Detroit Mafia member to turn on the family since it was founded in 1921. In an hour of testimony, Tocco outlined a Detroit criminal empire and gave information on authorized murders, beatings and extortion. His testimony for the government was part of a deal to reduce a 16-year prison sentence for racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and weapons violations. He has done time for drug dealing.
After his testimony, Nove strode out of the courtroom staring directly at relatives who turned their faces away from him.
Tocco said he joined the mob, or the "Combination" as he called it, in the 1960s at a young age and was taken to Las Vegas in 1969 "to be shown how things work." By the 1980s, Tocco said, he "was making a street living ...involved in the cocaine business."
Released from prison Tocco entered a partnership with Paul Corrado and "we started to street-tax people involved in illegal gambling ...collect debts and generally whatever you can do to try to make a buck." He said he disliked collecting street taxes from gamblers, because it was dangerous and attracted law enforcement. "It brought them a lot of headaches," and Jack Tocco thought, "it would be better for us to dress up twice a year in black and go out and make a score ...rob or rip somebody off."
During the trial, prosecutors revealed that they had bugged Nove Tocco's car and captured Tocco and Paul Corrado in an attempt to shoot out a house window to intimidate a gambler. The two gangsters got lost on their way to the attack and worried aloud that their wives would get mad because they were late getting home.
He is currently in the witness protection program.