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Why did Al Capone go to jail?


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August 22, 2012 7:01PM

It was actually his idea. Capone turned himself in to Chicago police on a concealed-weapons charge, as an ultimate way to avoid a "hit" by rival gangsters. He expected to be released after things settled down, but the Federal government seized the opportunity (since Capone was already in custody, and could be extradited) to launch an income tax evasion case against him. He was convicted in 1922, and sent to prison.