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Feds: Mobster Conducts Business from Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Accused mobster Joseph “Mousie” Massimino is suspected of conducting Mafia business from behind closed bars, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Among the evidence is a letter that Massimino sent to a friend in 2005 while locked up in New Jersey’s South Woods State Prison.

The letter advises a friend to “get in touch with Michael and tell him to tell his mother to tell her husband that he better get my f—in money.”

Federal prosecutors plan to argue their case at an upcoming mob-racketeering trial.

Massimino’s attorney, Joseph Santaguida, hopes to convince a judge to keep the letter from the jury.

Janice Fedarcyk, First Woman to Head N.Y. FBI, Retiring to Join Private Sector

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Janice Fedarcyk, the fist woman to head the N.Y. FBI office, who oversaw some major terrorists, mob and Wall Street probes,  is retiring  to enter the private sector, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in charge of the New York bureau, plans to start a consulting firm in Washington D.C., where her husband, a retired FBI agent, works.

During her tenure, Fedarcyk’s office cracked down on insider trading and computer attacks.

Some of the prosecutors involved in the insider-trading investigation have also left the federal government for the private sector, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Before coming to New York, Fedarcyk had headed up the Philadelphia office. She began her career with the FBI in 1987 in Los Angeles.

In New York, she oversaw:

  • The investigation and arrest of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, al Shabaab leader for providing material support to al Qaeda.
  • Processing and dissemination of all intelligence following the Bin Laden raid in Pakistan.
  • Arrest of leadership and members of Anonymous and/or offshoot groups related to Anonymous, including “Internet Feds,” “LulzSec,” and “AntiSec,” for computer hacking and other crimes. Click here for more details.
  • The largest coordinated, national takedown of members of the five Organized Crime Families of La Cosa Nostra, including some of its most senior members.
  • The arrest of eight active and retired NYPD officers.
  • Arrest and subsequent guilty verdicts of Raj Rajaratnam, the founder and former head of the Galleon Group, and Rajat Gupta, a former corporate chairman and member of the Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs, for insider trading.
  • Arrest and subsequent guilty plea of Peter Madoff, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Managing Director, for Securities Fraud and Tax Fraud Conspiracy.
  • Investigation, arrest, and subsequent guilty verdict for New York State Senator Pedro Espada and his son for embezzlement.
  • Investigation, arrest, and subsequent guilty plea from New York State Senator Carl Kruger for bibery schemes.
  • Investigation and arrest of New York State Assemblyman William Boyland for bribery and attempted Hobbs Act Extortion. Details here.
  • Numerous acts of piracy investigated by the FBI off the coast of Somalia. Included dozens of arrests for piracy, murder, and other offenses.

 

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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Attorney: Ex-Boston Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Should Not Be Prosecuted Because of Immunity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger should not be prosecuted for 19 murders because the government promised him immunity for past and future crimes when he was an FBI informant, his lawyer argued Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said he plans to urge the judge to dismiss the charges because his client had blanket immunity.

But Carney is asking U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns to recuse himself because he will be a witness during the motion to dismiss, according to the Post report.

Also Monday, Bulger’s defense was granted a four-month delay in the trial.

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Mobster Gets 9 Years for Shaking Down Strip Clubs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A high-ranking mobster in New England was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison for his role in shaking down strip clubs for money in return for protection, according to the Department of Justice.

U.S. District Court Judge William Smith also ordered Edward “Eddy” Lato, 65, of Providence, R.I., to three years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

In July, Lato admitted to participating in a racketeering and extortion conspiracy that demanded between $800,000 and $1.5 million in so-called protection payments from adult entertainment businesses in Rhode Island from 1995 to 2009, the Justice Department said.

Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend Catherine Greig To be Sentenced Today

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, is set to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston.

The Boston Herald reports that prosecutors will ask for no less than 10 years in prison. Her lawyer obviously will ask for far less.

Bulger and Greig were captured by the FBI a year ago in California. Bulger, an FBI informant over the years, is accused of killing 19 people.

To read more click here.

 

New Head of North Fla. FBI is a Rising Star

Michael Steinbach/ fbi photo

By Jim Schoettler
Florida Times-Union

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On his first day at work, Mike Steinbach sat at a Chicago Denny’s drinking coffee, reading a newspaper and covertly protecting a nearby federal witness from a possible hit attempt by the mob.

“I thought, ‘Holy moly.’ This is a pretty good deal,” Steinbach said. “I knew I had made the right [career] choice.”

The undercover surveillance assignment was Steinbach’s welcome to the FBI.

Seventeen years later, after adding the capture of a serial killer, an interview with a 9/11 facilitator and breaking bread with Israelis and Palestinians to his many accomplishments, Steinbach has arrived in Jacksonville.

To read the full story click here.

 

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.