Antonio Comito

by Jon Black


Born: 1880

Nationality: Italian — Calabria





Antonio Comito was born in 1880, in Catanzaro, Calabria. He had pre­vi­ous­ly worked as a print­er before leav­ing for New York in June, 1907. Whilst liv­ing at 72 James Street, he found work in the city as a print­er based on Park Row. Comito was appoint­ed Supreme Deputy of a soci­ety called the “Sons of Italy”, a sup­port group for recent­ly arrived Italian immi­grants to America.

In 1908, Comito began coun­ter­feit­ing Canadian and US cur­ren­cy for the Morello gang. On January 4th, 1910, he was arrest­ed when nine Secret Service offi­cers and police­men raid­ed his flat. The result­ing court case saw Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo and gang jailed under heavy sen­tences, whilst Comito was set free after act­ing as the prin­ci­pal wit­ness for the prosecution.

Comito receipt for inks 1910