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Joe Conforte

Convicted criminal from United States of America

Joe Conforte (born 1926) was the owner of the Mustang Ranch, a Nevada brothel that was the first legal brothel in the United States. The brothel was closed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1999, but is now reopened under new management. He is portrayed by Joe Pesci in the 2010 film Love Ranch. Joe Conforte was born in 1926 in Augusta, a little city close to Catania in Sicily. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1937 and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts. During World War II and into the early 1950s, Conforte was a cab driver in Oakland, California. He drove soldiers from the Oakland Army Base, and sailors from the Oakland Naval Supply Depot and Alameda Naval Air Station, to brothels on the border of Alameda County and Contra Costa County. Conforte moved to Nevada in 1955 and opened the Triangle River Ranch brothel in Wadsworth, an illegal brothel at the junction of Washoe, Storey, and Lyon counties. In 1959, Conforte served 22 months in jail after attempting to extort Washoe County District Attorney Bill Raggio, who summarily had the ranch burned down. In 1963, convicted for the crime of income tax evasion, Conforte served two and a half years in  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1926
Place of birth
Sicily
Nationality
United States of America

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