After Duardi was released from the Grove Oklahoma sentence, he started holding court at a small used car dealership at Gregory and Troost. A loan shark named Frankie Robertson and a small time mob associate named Joe Sivliango were using this as a front. Joe was involved in cheating lending institutions using wrecked cars to get floor plan money and then he expanded to be involved in obtaining loans from a corrupt banker at the Shawnee State bank.
Jimmy was more sophisticated and he backed a guy starting an escort service and helped another guy get a bank loan from the Traders National Bank though a Teamsters supported banker and politician named George Lehr. Now Mr. Lehr was not really a corrupt politician or banker, he just thought he could run with the big tough boys. Of course, he was way over his head and his bank lost $300,000.00.
Bob Arnold and I were following Jimmy and Clifford Bishop and we watched him unload boxes of frozen meat from the back of his pickup truck at the Italian Gardens restaurant. We knew something was up because a restaurant does not buy meat out of an unrefrigerated truck.
We got a whole team on him and found his connection to a Jim Elgin who had obtained the above $300 K loan and was on his way to busting out his trucking company called J&L Refrigeration. Several Kansas City food outlets were buying meat from the back of a pickup truck.