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NY FBI Cuts Back on Mob Investigators, Prosecutor Calls Cutbacks ‘Devastating’

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s  is dedicating  less and less resources to battle the New York mob these days.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports:

There are fewer agents on mobster squads than there were two years ago, following the mobapalooza roundup of more than 120 defendants on Mafia Takedown Day when FBI and Justice Department big shots vowed that they were going to keep a sharp eye on organized crime.

Until recently, the FBI had one squad assigned to each New York crime family. No more. The Bureau has decided it now needs only two New York City-based squads to monitor, investigate, and make cases against the 700 or so members and estimated 7000 associates of the infamous Five Families, Gang Land has learned.

He reports that the number of mob-fighting FBI agents is down 60 percent since 2008.

“It’s devastating,”  one veteran organized crime prosecutor told Capeci. “When you had five squads doing five families, it was hard, covering all the different crews in the different neighborhoods all over the city; now you want to have two squads covering five families? The cutbacks are just devastating.”

To read more go to Gang Land News. The website is a subscription-based website, but worth it.

FBI In Early 1960s Mistakenly Referred to Mob as “La Causa Nostra”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

How unsophisticated was the FBI when dealing with the mob in the early 1960s?

So unsophisticated that the bureau referred to the La Cosa Nostra as the La Causa Nostra, according to Jerry Capeci, the mob expert who runs the site Gang Land News.

Capeci writes that for near two years, from September 1961 until July of 1963, the FBI had the name wrong.

Capeci writes:

The lack of agents familiar with the Italian language probably didn’t help matters, but the incorrect term originated with two confidential informants who were developed by FBI agents under the Top Hoodlum program that Hoover put into play to gather intelligence about the Mafia in the 1950s, according to FBI documents obtained by Gang Land.

“According to (informer) NY T-2,” stated one FBI report, “during  September, 1961, in the Italian underworld, the overall organization or group is referred to as ‘La Causa Nostra,’ literally translated, ‘our Cause.’ This term, in his opinion,” the report continued, “could be readily interchangeable with the word Mafia.”

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Screw Up; No Court Transcript was Created for Mobster’s Confession About NY Cop Killing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Keeping a record in court is a good idea.

But mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports that some how that idea got the short shrift back on December 15, 2008, and no court transcript was ever produced when Colombo soldier Joseph (Joe Caves) Competiello admitted in a sealed Brooklyn federal courtroom that he played a role in the execution of NY cop Ralph Dols. He also admitted having a hand in four mob slayings.

Gangland News described the oversight as a major league foul up.

Last week, the feds had to deal with the problem involving the mobster, who is a prosecution witness in a current case against his former crime family’s boss, Thomas Gioeli, in a murder and racketeering trial.

Gangland News reports that the judge in that case gathered people who were present in the 2008 proceeding, in hopes of reconstructing some kind of transcript to provide to the defense, which could use the materials to impeach the mobster during cross-examination.

But Gangland writes: “And today, not one person who took part in that secret proceeding remembers anything about what Competiello stated that day about his involvement in the execution.

“The slip-up occurred even though everyone in court that day –including three assistant U.S. attorneys, Competiello’s attorney, the judge, and the court reporter – all knew that at some point, Joe Caves would likely be a prosecution witness,” Gang Land writes. “They also knew that when that day came, the government would be required to give a transcript of the guilty plea to lawyers for the defendants.”

Capeci reports that the screw up was first reported in the New York Daily News.

 

Mob Snitch for FBI Kills Self, But Not Before Offing Someone Else

Stefanelli/gang land news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Being a snitch in the mob ain’t so easy on the conscience. And of course, it also involves a lot of looking over your shoulder.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports that 69-year-old Nicholas (Nicky Skins) Stefanelli, a Gambino familiy wiseguy, killed himself about two weeks ago after wearing an FBI wire for two years. His undercover work had ended and the feds were about to prep  him for the witness stand, Gang Land reported.

Gang Land reports that Stefanelli took care of some business before he offed himself.

He allegedly killed a businessman in Bloomfield, N.J. he felt was responsible for his legal troubles “that caused the gangster to become a stool pigeon.”

Gang Land News writes: “The tragic, remarkable story of violence and betrayal played out in the Garden State over the last two weeks but has been kept deep under wraps by the feds. Law enforcement sources say Stefanelli’s suicide has severely undermined what had been a successful undercover probe of mobsters and drug dealers in New York, New Jersey and four other states.”

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Mob Expert Picks Top Mob Stories of 2011

Joseph Massino/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As New York mobster stories go, there seemed to be no shortage in 2011. Mob expert Jerry Capeci should know.

Capeci, a former New York Daily News reporter, runs the website Gang Land News. On Thursday, he picked the top mob stories of 2011.

Hands down, he writes, the top story was the Mafia Takedown arrests of 127 wiseguys and “various  cohorts.”

Runner up story, Capeci writes, was the appearance in April in fed court in Brooklyn of ex-Bonanno boss Joseph Massino on the witness stand at the capital murder trial of successor boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano.  Massino made history, becoming the first mob boss from one of the 5 New York crime families to take the witness stand for the feds.

Though Capeci  picks the massive takedown in January as the top mob story of the year, he is not without some skepticism.

On the day of the announcement, Capeci writes that the “feds put on an overblown dog and pony show at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn in a pretty transparent effort to send a message to mobsters that they were still a top priority of the federal government.”

“Six weeks later, as Gang Land reported on March 3, the priority claims went down several notches when it was learned that FBI bosses had combined the five squads that had been investigating the Five Families into three, and cut the number of mob-busting agents by 25%, to about 45, the lowest number since the days of J. Edgar Hoover.”

Gang Land News website

Oops: Fed Agents’ Big Goof in Arrest of NY Mobster

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This is a goof almost too good to be true.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports that the feds — more specifically, federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security — were a little embarrassed a few weeks ago when they tried arresting Gambino crime family  capo Alphonse Trucchio.

The feds phoned Trucchio and told him to step outside his South Ozone Park, Queens home so they could arrest him on racketeering charges, according to Gang Land News.

Problem was, when Trucchio stepped outside, no one was there, Gang Land reported. Inside, shortly after, the phone rang again.

“If you don’t come outside now, we’re going to break the door down,” warned an agitated agent, Gang Land reported.

“Where are you? I just went outside and there was no one there,” said Trucchio, according to Gang Land.

The agents said they were outside his Howard Beach home.

“I don’t live there anymore,” replied the gangster, according to Gang Land. “I’ve been living here for 10 years…I’m on house arrest on an electronic monitor – and you don’t know where I am?!”

Gang Land reported that he then gave the agents the right address.

 

Feds Expected to Pass on Using Star Prosecution Witness From Gotti “Junior” Case

John Alite pictured in big photo/ny daily newsBy Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Using “mob turncoats” to testify in court doesn’t always work. It comes down to credibility.

Apparently, jurors weren’t buying what “mob turncoat” John Alite was selling as a star prosecution witness in the the fourth and final unsuccessful trial in 2009 against his ex-best friend, John (Junior) Gotti, son of the late Godfather John Gotti.

Alite, a convicted murderer and associate of the Gambino Crime family,  testified that the younger Gotti, who was a childhood friend,  approved multiple murders.  Apparently, his word was no good, at least in the eyes of some jurors. The case ended with a deadlock jury in December 2009, and the government decided after failing four times, not to go for a fifth trial.

Jerry Capeci, an expert on the mob who runs the website Gang Land News, reports that “Brooklyn federal prosecutors have figured out how to keep the flawed mob turncoat John Alite off the stand in a companion case to the failed prosecution of John (Junior) Gotti.”

Gang Land News reports that the feds have “rounded up a slew of better witnesses” in a multiple murder case against John Burke, a Queens gangster. One of the witnesses is expected to be Peter (Bud) Zuccaro, who was a defense witness for Gotti Junior, Gang Land News reported.

Gang Land News reported that ”Burke is awaiting trial for three gangland-style slayings from 1982 to 1996, including one that Gotti allegedly ordered.”