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FBI Uncovers Remains in Dig for Long-Missing Mob Victim in Rhode Island

Steven DiSarro

Steven DiSarro

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI found human remains behind a Providence, Rhode Island, the week while digging for the body of a mob victim missing since 1993.

But the Boston Herald reports that it’s not yet clear whether the remains belong to Steven DiSarro, a former South Boston nightclub owner.

The remains are being examined for DNA by the Rhode Island State Medical Examiner’s office.

DiSarro, who was an associate of the late former New England mob boss Frank Salemme Jr., disappeared in 1993 at the age of 43.

Salemme was sentenced to five years in prison in 2008 for making false statements to the FBI about the murder of DiSarro, but he has denied being involved with DiSarro’s death.

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FBI Believes Aging Mobster Knows Whereabouts of Stolen Gardner Museum Masterpieces

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  in 1990.

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The mystery behind the theft of $500 million worth of masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 continues to baffle federal investigators.

But the FBI believes an aging Connecticut mobster knows the whereabouts of the paintings, the Boston globe reports.

An assistant U.S. attorney told a judge on Wednesday that a Robert Gentile, 79, told at least three people he knows where the paintings are since he was jailed several years ago on drug and gun charges.

An undercover agent posing as a drug dealer said Gentile offered to sell the paintings for $500,000 apiece before the deal collapsed.

“There is a legitimate law enforcement interest in trying to recover the paintings,” US District Judge Robert N. Chatigny said.

Among the stolen paints were three Rembrandts, a Manet, Vemeer and Flinck.

The theft is considered the world’s largest art heist.

Ex-FBI Agent’s Alleged Theft Could Compromise Indictments Against 52 Alleged Gang Members

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Allegations that an FBI agent stole more than $100,000 in drug money could spell trouble for a painstaking investigation that netted indictments of 52 alleged members and associates of a Southern California street gang tied to the Mexican Mafia, CNN reports.

The former agent, 10-year veteran Scott M. Bowman, was charged with theft in June.

Authorities are worried that the allegations against Bowman could be time-consuming and costly, potentially compromising the multi-defendant cases.

Bowman is accused of stealing the money to fuel a spending spree on cars, cosmetic surgery and a Las Vegas getaway with his girlfriend.

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Girlfriend Refused – Again – to Testify about Time with Boston Mobster

Catherine Greig

Catherine Greig

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend once against refused to testify about the time the couple spent in hiding, the New York Post reports.

As a result, Catherine Greig, 64, was indicted for contempt of court on Tuesday.

Authorities want to know who helped Bulger while he was on the lam for 16 years.

“Catherine Greig has yet again failed to do the right thing,” said Boston FBI agent Joseph Bonavolonta in a press release. “Her refusal to testify has hindered the FBI’s efforts to seek justice for the victims of (Bulger’s) crimes.”

Greig, who already is serving an 8-year sentence in connection to Bulger, could serve more time for refusing to testify.