The Committee for the Mitchell A. Mars Foundation is reaching out to the community for
assistance in its efforts to fund an Evans Scholarship to honor the memory of Mitchell Mars.
Mitchell Mars, the longtime Chief of the Organized Crime Section of the United States Attorney’s
Office, died earlier this year at the age of fifty-five after a struggle with lung cancer. During his
tenure as the Chief of the Organized Crime Section, Mitchell Mars investigated and tried some of
the most significant organized crime cases in the country, including United States v. Spano, the
Cicero case involving the former town president, Betty Loren-Maltese.
Most recently, he led the investigation and prosecution of United States v. Calabrese
, sometimes referred to as "Operation Family Secrets," a historic prosecution that resulted in convictions for eighteen previously unsolved organized crime murders.