Giuseppe Calicchio

by Jon Black

Alias: Don Peppe

Born: 1857

Nationality: Italian – Neapolitan

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Calicchio was born in Puglia, Italy, in 1858. He worked in Rome as a printer for ten years, where he had been involved with counterfeiting. Arriving in New York in 1906, he later purchased his own print shop at 64 Prince Street.

In 1909, Calicchio began work for the Morello gang in Highland. He worked as a printer and lithographic engraver counterfeiting Canadian and US currency.

The gang was apprehended in 1910. Calicchio was sentenced to 17 years hard labour and a $1000 fine. He was paroled from Atlanta Penitentiary in 1920.