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Dutch Schultz (born as Arthur Flegenheimer) was a burglar turned bootlegger of alcohol in the prohibition era. Born in the Bronx, New York City, Arthur’s parents Herman and Emma Flegenheimer had immigrated to America in the late 1800’s during the great wave of immigration. They were German-Jews, searching for a new life in a different country. They settled in the mainly German part of New York. Arthur’s father Herman found work as a baker. Then on the 6th of August 1902, they had a son named Arthur Simon Flegenheimer. Arthur’s parents worked hard like most immigrant families, and always followed the rules. But then, for reasons unknown, Arthur’s father left him and his mother when Arthur was just a teenager. They were then left with little …show more content…

He bought a partnership into an illegal saloon where he served the alcohol. Determined to form make a name for himself, Schultz partnered with criminal and friend Joey Noe. His criminal career then greatly expanded, with the introduction of illegal gambling to his spectrum of illegal money making schemes. After a while Schultz’s gang decided to move their operation to Manhattan. This consequently started a conflict with between Schultz and notorious Irish American gangster, Legs Diamond. Schultz’s partner Joey Noe was murdered in October 1928 by members of Legs Diamond’s gang. In retaliation, Schultz ordered the death of Diamond, which is believed to of been accomplished by one of Schultz’s thugs in 1931. Dutch Schultz continued to grow his enterprise, with the addition of a policy racket (similar to a daily lottery). The illegal game brought in $20 million USD (worth approx. $402,603,509 AUD now). Schultz was now to center of a major investigation by the IRS, headed up by investigator Thomas E. Dewey. He was accused of avoiding tax in 1933, to which Schultz responded by hiding out and keeping a low profile. He surrendered after month’s of avoiding authorities in November 1934. During the year that followed, Schultz was tried twice on tax evasion. The first ended as a hung jury, after they couldn’t decide the verdict, and was acquitted of the

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