An Oak Brook businessman paid Chicago mob boss James Marcello $4,000 a month, but it didn't buy him respect.
In fact, Marcello referred to the businesman, Nicholas Vangel, in code, at times calling him "Reinhardt Schwimmer," referring to the young optometrist who cavorted with gangsters and paid for his foolishness when he was killed as part of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929.
Vangel also delivered payments to Marcello's mistress as well and put her on as an employee at one of his businesses, so she could get health insurance.
But still, no respect from Marcello.
According to a government court filing, Marcello and his half-brother, mobster Mickey Marcello, considered Vangel a syncophantic wanna-be mobster.
Vangel and and his family are investors in nursing homes throughout the Chicago area.