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Willie Bioff faces charges on many fronts

In August, 1938, Willie Bioff testified before a grand jury about various financial matters. But his troubles didn’t end there.

Former Screen Actors Guild president Robert Montgomery hired at least one ex-FBI agent to investigate Willie Bioff. The investigator uncovered an outstanding six-month sentence for pandering in Chicago in 1922. Montgomery gave the information to columnist Westbrook Pegler, who began a crusade against Bioff. ariety joined the crusade with daily attacks on Bioff. Bioff was extradited to Chicago, and early in 1940 he was jailed to serve his outstanding sentence for pandering.

That sentence, however, only began Bioff’s difficulties. The federal government now claimed Bioff owed back taxes of at least $80,000.