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High-Ranking Mobster Asks to Be Released for Helping FBI Arrest Mafia Members

Joseph Massino/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Bonanno crime boss and FBI informant wants to be freed from jail in exchange for damaging testimony against the mafia, the New York Post reportsBon.

Joseph Massino, who will be re-sentenced toady, provided key testimony against former colleagues, including Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano.

“It is fair to say that not only is Mr. Massino the most prominent La Cosa Nostra leader ever to cooperate but also that seldom in the history of the war against organized crime has anyone contributed as much to the government,” Massino attorney Edward McDonald wrote to the court.

The 70-year-old career criminal is in poor health, his attorney said.

A Big Goof By the Feds Resulted in Mobster’s Murder, Gang Land News Reports


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A goof by federal law enforcement resulted in the murder of Genovese family mobster Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno in 2003, Gang Land News reports.

The website on the Mafia reported that a federal probation officer mentioned in a pre-sentence report to a Massachusetts federal judge that Bruno, who ran the Springfield, Mass. rackets for the crime family,  had cooperated with the FBI. The pre-sentence report was for mobster Emilio Fusco.

When Fusco,  who is entitled to see the report, read the passage about Bruno snitching, he told other mobsters, Gang Land reported. Eventually, then-acting mob boss Arthur (The Little Guy) Nigro put a hit out on Bruno, one mobster testified in court.

The information about the pre-sentence report surfaced in an a federal trial for  Nigro and two associates,  Fotios Geas and Ty Geas. All three were convicted Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in Bruno’s murder and other crimes.

Gang Land quoted a former fed prosecutor as saying: “Obviously, Bruno’s name should not have been in the (pre-sentence report) as the source of the information. It’s like putting a bulls-eye on the guy’s chest.”

Gang Land reported that another former law enforcement source said: “To me, it looks like everyone messed up. The agent shouldn’t have given Bruno’s name to the prosecutor; the prosecutor shouldn’t have repeated it to the probation department, and the probation officer shouldn’t have included it in his report.”

Gangland reported that the FBI declined comment.

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International Crime Boss Added to FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

semion-mogilvich

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Semion Mogilevich, an international crime boss and Ukrainian businessman suspected of contract murder, weapons and drug trafficking, high-end corporate fraud and extortion, joins Osama bin Laden on the elite FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List.

The FBI said Mogilevich is suspected of being involved in a multi-million dollar scheme to “defraud investors in the stock of YBM Magnex International, a company he controlled-which had its world headquarters just outside Philadelphia-that was supposed to manufacture magnets but instead bilked investors out of $150 million.”

“The FBI doesn’t have the jurisdiction to charge him with other crimes taking place solely in other countries,” FBI Special Agent Peter Kowenhoven said in a statement, “but open-source reporting shows him to be involved in weapons trafficking, contract murders, extortion, drug trafficking, and prostitution on an international scale.”

“Victims don’t mean anything to him,” he said. “And what makes him so dangerous is that he operates without borders. Here’s a guy who managed to defraud investors out of $150 million without ever stepping foot in the Philadelphia area.”

Mogilevich is one of three new people who were added this week to the Top Ten Most Wanted List to fill vacancies, the result of some captured fugitives.