An Imprisoned Conrad Black Made Mafia Connections

Black back to prison for fraud.
Former media baron Conrad Black returned to prison this summer, but not before giving an interview with a major U.S. magazine, Vanity Fair, in which he discussed life behind bars, which included befriending certain members of the Mafia. Wonder if they'll still be friendly after this!

Black said he got along with almost every ethnic group during his initial 29 months at the Coleman Federal Correctional Facility in Florida in the VF interview, according to the

"I quickly developed alliances with the Mafia people, then the Cubans," he told the magazine. The edition with the interview hits newsstands on Sept. 6, the same day as the deadline for Black to report back to prison, the reports. 

In the interview, he noted that a senior member of one crime family told him: "If you catch a cold, we will find out who you got it from. You know, we have much in common... We are industrialists." 

According to Wikipedia, "Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, OC, PC (Can.), KCSG (born August 25, 1944) is a Canadian-born member of the British House of Lords, historian, columnist and publisher who was for a time the third largest newspaper magnate in the world. Black controlled Hollinger International, Inc. Through affiliates, the company published major newspapers including The Daily Telegraph (UK),Chicago Sun Times (U.S.), Jerusalem Post (Israel), National Post (Canada) and hundreds of community newspapers in North America.

"He was convicted of fraud in a US court in 2007 and sentenced to six and a half years' imprisonment. On July 19, 2010, Black was granted bail. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned two of the three remaining mail fraud counts in October of that year. On June 24, 2011 he was resentenced on one remaining count of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice to a prison term of 42 months and a fine of $125,000 (USD). As the 29 months Black has served is included in this sentence, he is required to return to prison on September 6, 2011, for a remaining thirteen months."

Read the entire article about the interview: Conrad Black tells magazine connections made with mafia.