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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Son of Scarfo Charged in Massive Fraud

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Two blasts from the past, Nicodemo S. Scarfo Sr and Vittorio Amuso, were named as un-indicted co-conspirators in an indictment that also had Scarfo’s son Nicodemo S. Scarfo Jr, arrested on racketeering and fraud charges tied to what the feds allege was a massive scheme to defraud a Texas-based financial firm out of millions of dollars. Also charged was Scarfo Jr.’s wife Lisa. According to the indictment, a mob-linked criminal enterprise was set up to siphon millions of dollars from FirstPlus Financial, a Texas-based company.

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Not only alleged organized crime figures were arrested under this indictment. Elkins Park businessman Salvatore Pelullo, South Jersey criminal defense attorney Donald Manno and several former officials with FirstPlus Financial were among the 13 defendants named in the indictment. Others who were arrested included accountants, lawyers and company officials, who the indictment alleges were all part a scheme set up by Pelullo and Scarfo to pillage FirstPlus.

Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney attorney said that the alleged scheme gave “new meaning to the term corporate takeover.” FBI Special Agent Mike Ward said the case was an example of organized crime going “from the back alley to the boardroom.”

Scarfo Sr. has been in jail since the mid 80’s and is presently serving a 55-year racketeering sentence. Amuso, who was once the head of the Lucchese Crime Family, is also serving big time in the same prison in Atlanta with Scarfo Sr.

Of course an indictment is not a conviction, and everyone, including lifetime criminals like Scarfo Sr. and Amuso are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, this would not be the first time men in jail with virtual life sentences have committed crimes while behind bars. Gangsters are gangsters, and just because they are stuck in prison doesn’t mean they don’t still have an inclination to maybe bend the rules of the law just a little bit.

In prison, gangsters hang out with gangsters. And what do you think they talk about? The Ballet? Obama’s health care plan?

What does Scarfo Sr. and Amuso have to lose even if they are convicted of criminal charges. I’m not saying they did anything wrong, but if they did, so what? They are most likely going to spend the rest of their lives in jail anyway, so why not have a little fun: something to occupy their minds with.

Things are different for Scarfo Jr. If he is convicted of the alleged crimes, Scarfo Jr. is facing 20 big ones in the slammer. And that’s no fun indeed.

But in the interest of fairness, I hope the so called “honest businessmen and lawyers” like Pelullo and Manno, get the same treatment from the Feds as do the other defendants, who are Italian/Americans and alleged Mafia members. Want to bet that one or more of the “honest businessmen” join Team America and testify against the others?

This entire episode would not be as big a news story if the term “Mafia” wasn’t involved. Careers in law enforcement are greatly enhanced whenever the pinches involved include so-call “Mafia figures.”

This case is no different.

 

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20111101_Little_Nicky_Scarfos_son_charged_in_massive_fraud.html

‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo’s son charged in massive fraud

By George Anastasia

The son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo was arrested this morning on racketeering and fraud charges tied to what federal authorities allege was a massive scheme to defraud a Texas-based financial firm out of millions of dollars.

Nicodemo S. Scarfo, 46, was one of more than a dozen individuals named in the indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden. He was arrested at his home in Atlantic County.

Scarfo’s father and fellow mobster Vittorio Amuso, another jailed mob boss, were named as unindicted coconspirators in what the indictment charges was a mob-linked criminal enterprise set up to siphon millions of dollars from FirstPlus Financial, the Texas-based company.

The elder Scarfo and Amuso, one-time head of the Lucchese crime family, are serving lengthy jail sentences on racketeering charges in a federal prison in Atlanta.

Former Elkins Park businessman Salvatore Pelullo, South Jersey criminal defense attorney Donald Manno and several former officials with FirstPlus Financial were among the 13 defendants named in the indictment. Scarfo’s wife, Lisa, was also charged.

Other defendants include accountants, lawyers and company officials who the indictment alleges were all part a scheme set up by Pelullo and Scarfo to loot FirstPlus.

Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney attorney said in announcing the indictment that the alleged scheme gave “new meaning to the term corporate takeover.”

FBI Special Agent Mike Ward said the case was an example of organized crime going “from the back alley to the boardroom.”

The 25-count indictment includes allegations that Scarfo and Pelullo lined their own pockets while siphoning cash and assets out the company.

Authorities say the pair used the money to purchase a $750,000 yacht they christened Priceless.

Pelullo also purchased a Bentley automobile worth over $200,009, officials said. Scarfo bought a home valued at more than $500,000 in Galloway, Atlantic County, a brand new Audi and a diamond engagement ring and tennis bracelet each valued at more than $15,000 for his wife.

Scarfo, according to authorities, also was receiving $33,000 a months a consultant.

The indictment capped a three-year investigation by the FBI that became public after search warrants were issued in May 2008 for businesses and homes in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida and Texas.

Authorities allege that Pelullo and Scarfo were behind-the scenes operatives who orchestrated a series of business deals in which FirstPlus bought or invested in companies the two had set up in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

Authorities allege those companies were shells that performed little or no work, but were set up to allow Scarfo and Pelullo to take more than $12 million out of FirstPlus.

The indictment charges the defendants with being part of a mob-connected racketeering enterprise that engaged in wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, money-laundering, extortion and obstruction of justice.

The charges could land Scarfo in jail for the next 20 years.

In a twist, the indictment comes almost 22 years to the day when Scarfo was the target of hit.

On Halloween night 1989, Scarfo was having dinner in Dante&Luigi’s Restaurant in South Philadelphia when a man wearing a mask and carrying a trick-or-treat bag walked up to Scarfo’s table, pulled out a gun and shot the young wiseguy six times.

The brazen mob hit came in the midst of one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the Philadelphia Mafia. The younger Scarfo survived the assassination attempt, but the shooting marked the end of the reign of his father, Little Nicky, whose tenure as mob boss was marked by violence, bloodshed and treachery.

From 1981, when the elder Scarfo took control of the crime family, through 1989 when his son was gunned down, more than 20 members and associates of the crime family were killed. And about 25 more were indicted and subsequently convicted.

Little Nicky Scarfo was in jail when his son was shot, serving the 55-year racketeering sentence that still keeps him behind bars.

Several years later, Philip Leonetti, Scarfo’s nephew and underboss, had this to say about his family:

“My uncle (Little Nicky) is going to get my cousin (Nicodemo S.) killed or indicted.”

The younger Scarfo, twice married and with two young children, has already served two jail sentences for gambling and racketeering charges since Leonetti made that prediction.

He is currently under indictment in Morris County in a mob-connected gambling case.

The indictment unsealed this morning described the alleged $12-million dollar financial fraud case as part of a mob-linked criminal enterprise. Authorities allege that the elder Scarfo, from prison, and his fellow inmate, jailed New York mob boss Vittorio Amuso, took part in the scheme from behind bars.

Adding to the twist of timing of the indictment is that one of those dining with Scarfo the night he was shot was another cousin, John Parisi.

Parisi also is charged in the financial fraud case.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Alleged Bonanno Crime Family Member Not So “Wise Guy.”

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This situation will certainly lead to a beef, one way or another.

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Alleged Bonanno Crime Family member Mike “The Butcher” Virtuoso was arrested recently on extortion charges. But when the FBI raided his butcher shop, Graham Avenue Meats & Deli, in Williamsburg, they found a gold mine of information which was meticulously written down by Virtuoso.

Virtuoso kept the names and phone numbers of alleged organized crime figure in his Rolodex, and he didn’t even give them code names; he actually used their real names, including their street nicknames.

For instance, according to a report US Attorney Stephen Frank wrote to the presiding judge, “A slip of paper within one Rolodex contained the handwritten entry ‘Capo Lucchese’ and the names ‘Johnny Sideburns Cerello’ and ‘Glenn the Wheel” Guadagno. Both men are convicted felons associated with the Lucchese organized crime family, and John Cerrella, also known as ‘Johnny Sideburns,’ is a captain in that family. ”

According to the Feds, Virtuoso’s many Rolodex entries also included Anthony “Little Anthony” Pipitone, acting capo of the Bonanno family.

An anonymous source told The New York Post, “Putting all of that classified information into writing was an incredibly stupid thing for Virtuoso to do.’’

No spit, Sherlock.

Besides keeping the name of his pals in his Rolodex, Virtuoso also kept a ledger with notations; one for “groceries” and another for “cash,” with numerical amounts next to the names.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank also said in court papers, “The page appears consistent with Virtuoso’s practice … of separately recording the victim’s grocery tab and the cash loans the victim obtained from Virtuoso.”

Brooklyn Federal Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom ordered Virtuoso held without bail because he is still on supervised release for a 2009 extortion conviction.

Maybe it’s just as well for Virtuoso to stay in the can. If Virtuoso hit the streets after his inexplicable actions, certain people whose names he used and abused in his Rolodex might want to discuss this situation with Virtuoso personally.

And that can never be a good thing.

The two article below can be seen at:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/the_meathead_mob_directory_M8DznOwDSB68kB34gY8pSK

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Meathead’s mob directory spills secrets

By MITCHEL MADDUX

Last Updated: 2:14 AM, October 11, 2011

Posted: 2:01 AM, October 11, 2011
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EXCLUSIVE

He gives new meaning to the term “organized crime.’’

A bumbling Bonanno bad guy bizarrely listed all of his contacts — from capos to consiglieres — in a Rolodex, The Post has learned.

Not-so-wiseguy Mike “The Butcher” Virtuoso recorded every one of the names, numbers, nicknames and even mob titles in a file so complete that the FBI agents who stumbled on it felt like they’d discovered a gold mine.

Putting all of that classified information into writing “was an incredibly stupid thing [for Virtuoso] to do,’’ a source told The Post.

The treasure trove was discovered in “The Butcher’s’’ butcher shop, Graham Avenue Meats & Deli, in Williamsburg.

The meticulously detailed “Rolodexes” and “address books” listed contact information for “members and associates of organized crime,” according to the feds.

He didn’t even bother to code or otherwise try to disguise his entries.

“For example, a slip of paper within one Rolodex contained the handwritten entry ‘Capo Lucchese’ and the names ‘Johnny Sideburns Cerello’ and ‘Glenn the Wheel Guadagno,’ ” Assistant US Attorney Stephen Frank wrote to a judge.

“Both men are convicted felons associated with the Lucchese organized crime family, and John Cerrella, also known as ‘Johnny Sideburns,’ is a captain in that family,” Frank wrote.

Now the feds plan to use the Rolodexes and address books to prove that Virtuoso is an ex-con with the kind of mobbed-up friends who make him a serious danger to the community.

They want Judge Sandra Townes to deny the butcher’s bail request and keep him jailed as he awaits trial on extortion charges for allegedly threatening several debtors. A bail hearing is scheduled for today.

Virtuoso’s phone lists comprise a “Who’s Who” of the sort of guys you don’t want to meet in a dark alley, the feds suggest.

His many entries include Anthony “Little Anthony” Pipitone, acting capo of the Bonanno family, feds say.

There also is an entry for Pipitone’s brother, Vito, a Bonanno associate, and for “Vito Adamo,” which lists the phone number for Vito Badamo, a made member of the family, prosecutors say.

Among the numbers scrawled in the Rolodex are several for Angelo Speciale, who was convicted in Italy of group sexual assault and armed robbery, the feds say.

Virtuoso also dabbled in something akin to “Mafia scrapbooking,” the feds say.

FBI agents found newspaper clippings in his shop about cases involving a variety of mobsters, including articles on the conviction of Bonanno boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano and another about acting boss Sal “The Iron Worker” Montagna, prosecutors say.

Virtuoso’s lawyer maintains that his client has an “impeccable work history” and has never admitted being a mobster.

The feds disagree and plan to argue that these contacts demonstrate that Virtuoso is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the New York mob.

Virtuoso was more circumspect in his phone chats, talking to Speciale in Italian in one conversation recorded by the feds.

“I’m telling you, let’s not talk about these things,” Virtuoso said in the call. “When you come here, then we’ll talk about them. Understand?”

Bonanno mobster nabbed: FBI busts deli owner ‘Mike the Butcher’ Virtuoso on extortion charges

A Bonanno gangster who owns a Brooklyn butcher shop apparently had a hard time keeping the loin of beef separate from loanshark beefs.

The FBI busted Michael (Mike the Butcher) Virtuoso early Tuesday on extortion charges linked to his Graham Ave. Meats & Deli in Williamsburg – which has a sandwich called “The Godfather” on the menu.

Agents seized $24,000 in cash and a ledger book with notations – one for “groceries” and another for “cash,” with numerical amounts next to the names of victims, the federal complaint says.

“The page appears consistent with Virtuoso’s practice … of separately recording the victim’s grocery tab and the cash loans the victim obtained from Virtuoso,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank said in court papers.

Virtuoso also met with at least one victim in the walk-in freezer of the butcher shop to collect loanshark payments and threatened others in wiretapped calls.

Brooklyn Federal Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom ordered Virtuoso held without bail because he is still on supervised release for a 2009 extortion conviction.

Virtuoso allegedly resumed collecting loanshark payments as soon as he was sprung from prison, including money from deadbeats who stopped paying while he was doing time.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – NYPD Cop Busted in Bar Assault

Posted in criminals, crooks, Drug dealers, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, Mobsters, murder, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


It really sucks when a cop goes bad, but according to the FBI, Admir Kacamakovic, a 31-year-old seven-year NYPD police officer has been a bad cop for a very long time.

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FBI agents arrested Kacamakovic, while he was in uniform, for using his pepper spray on a man involved in a dispute outside a bar owned by the Kacamakovic’s cousin. The argument was supposedly over a parking spot outside the bar, and according to Federal prosecutors, Kacamakovic told the man that “no one f–ks with my cousin’s place.”

And to make matters worse, the FBI said that Kacamakovic had used his position as a police officer in the past to make unauthorized queries on the FBI’s national computer database in order to give information to his cousin, who was the target of a federal probe into narcotics trafficking, in addition to other crimes. This was discovered when Kacamakovic again used the federal data base to find information on the man whom he had pepper sprayed, after the man filed a complaint against Kacamakovic with the NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York City office said to the New York Post, “This officer repeatedly used his position to intimidate others, including beat-downs and violence, as well as accessing sensitive information that could have jeopardized undercover investigations, all for personal gain.”

If convicted of the two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts he is being charged with, Kacamakovic, who has been suspended from the NYPD without pay, faces up to 17 years in the slammer.

One question that begs to be asked is how Kacamakovic got away with using the FBI’s national computer database for so long, until he was caught doing so on such a trivial matter as the pepper spraying incident.

This brings back to mind when the crooked “Mafia Cop” Steven Carracappa (along with his partner Louis Eppolito) used this same database to find out information about organized crime informants, then relayed the information to Lucchese crime boss Anthony “Gaspipe” Caso. Caso subsequently had these informants killed.

I guess it’s impossible to weed out all the crooked cops in the NYPD (and make no mistake, they are only a small percentage of all NYPD police officers), but I’m sure there could be better safeguards put in place to make sure only a few privileged police officers can access the FBI’s national computer database.

Considering how this privilege has been abused in the past, it’s certainly the right thing to do.


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http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nypd_cop_busted_for_using_peppr_ZESIfQ6FSbt3XuFeZvs6uJ

NYPD cop busted for using pepper spray during bar assault
By MITCHEL MADDUX
FBI agents arrested a New York City police officer this morning and charged him with civil rights violations for using his pepper spray on a man involved in a dispute at a bar owned by the officer’s cousin, officials said.
Admir Kacamakovic, a seven-year department veteran, was on duty and wearing his official NYPD uniform when he assaulted the bar patron, then handcuffed and illegally detained the man, who had been involved in a dispute over a parking spot in front of the cousin’s bar, officials said.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors say that Kacamakovic told the man that “no one f–ks with my cousin’s place.”

A second person was assaulted with pepper spray during the incident, officials said.

The feds also say that Kacamakovic, 31, used his official position to make unauthorized queries of the FBI’s national computer database in order to furnish the information to his cousin, who at the time was the focus of a federal probe into narcotics trafficking and other crimes, officials said.
Kacamakovic ran through the FBI’s computer system a name used on a Virginia driver’s license that undercover federal agents had furnished to the officer’s cousin, officials said.

The license was intended for associates of the cousin to be used for criminal purposes, officials say.

Eventually, the officer’s cousin was charged with narcotics trafficking by the feds.
Prosecutors also say that Kacamakovic, who is assigned to the NYPD’s 62nd Precinct in Brooklyn, used the FBI’s database to find information about the man involved in the parking dispute, after the man filed a complaint against the officer with the NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and then a civil suit in state court.

“This officer repeatedly used his position to intimidate others, including beat-downs and violence, as well as accessing sensitive information that could have jeopardized undercover investigations, all for personal gain,” said Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York City office.

Kacamakovic is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Brooklyn federal court.
The officer has been charged with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts, and if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison, officials said.

Kacamakovic was suspended without pay.

“This prosecution demonstrates that the arbitrary and unjustified use of force and the abuse of trust by police officers who are sworn to uphold the law will not be tolerated, ” said Loretta Lynch, the United States Attorney for New York’s Eastern District.
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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Man Sells Drugs Out of Ice Cream Truck.

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


Talk about lowlifes.

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Louis Scala Jr. must have no scruples at all. This moron/degenerate, was caught selling oxycodone for $20 a pop out of his Lickety Split green and white ice cream truck, in front of his Staten Island home. That is, between him giving little kids two scoops of vanilla with extra sprinkles on top.

After pleading guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to conspiracy and drug possession charges, this jerk Scala faces 3 /12 years in prison for his escapades. And what makes it worse, he’s the son of a New York City cop.

I wonder if Dad was the one who made the pinch.

The article below appeared in the New York Post.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/staten_island/man_admits_sold_oxycodone_out_of_97GH1Q3OPXsME9xvy3Kp0L#ixzz1W5mMZJXv

Man admits sold oxycodone out of SI ice cream truck

A literal “good humor” man will spend the next three-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty today to selling massive quantities of prescription oxycodone out of his Staten Island ice cream truck.

It had been an open secret that Louis Scala Jr. sold soft-serve and hard drugs — $20-a-pop “oxy’s” — out of his green-and-white Lickety Split truck, city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan had said in announcing the kooky case back in March.

Scala, 29, and the son of a Manhattan cop, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court today to conspiracy and drug possession charges.

Officials said Scala would sell actual ice cream on his regular route, then park his truck outside his house in Pleasant Plains.

He’d sell to a few more kids, then deal oxy’s to the adult customers who’d been waiting for him in cars parked up and down the street, officials charged. New customers got a price break to hook them in, officials noted.

“It did get a little frustrating when [Scala’s truck] would be out there at nine o’clock at night,” one neighbor complained to The Post back when the case broke.

“I’d think, why the hell is he selling ice cream at night?”

Scala had been a major player in a drug ring that netted about $1 million in the course of a year — pumping a total 43,000 pills into the borough’s Rx-drug black market, officials had said.

Co-defendant Joseph Zaffuto, 39 — a convicted Luchese racketeer — is still awaiting trial on charges he conspired with Scala in recruiting two dozen runners to help fill stolen prescriptions at pharmacies throughout the city.

Nancy Wilkins, 40, of Brooklyn, has already pleaded guilty to selling blank prescription pad pages to the ring for $100 apiece through her then-job with a Manhattan orthopedic surgeon. She was sentenced in June to six months jail and five years probation.

Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddie Thompson Offers €100k to Kill Witness

Posted in criminals, crooks, Dublin, England, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

The Dublin Mafia, headed by “Fat Freddie” Thompson, has allegedly offer a reward of €100k (pounds) to anyone who can locate and kill informer Joey O’Brien.

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It seems that the 28-year old O’Brien was the chief witness in a murder trial of Thompson associate Peter Kenny, which caused Kenny to be convicted and given a mandatory life sentence for the murder of murder of drug dealer John ‘Champagne’ Carroll, who shot dead while socializing in Grumpy Jack’s Pub in the Coombe in February, 2009.

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O’Brien is hiding somewhere in the Witness Protection Program, so Thompson and his gang are trying to make life miserable for O’Brien’s sister Louise, who was forced to flee Dublin with her children. Apparently, even though Louise had nothing to do with her brother turning canary, she was threatened on the streets, spat on, and called a “rat” herself. A Dublin police source said, “What he (Joey O’Brien) did had absolutely nothing to do with Louise – it left her in a very vulnerable position. She has been advised to get out of Dublin and that is what she has done.”

This brings to mind an incident that took place in American in 1992. Fat Pete Chiodo, all 500 pounds of him, had turned rat against his Lucchese crime family associates. As a result, on May 8, 1991, Chiodo was shot 12 times in a Staten Island gas station. Chiodo’s blubber absorbed all the bullets, and amazingly, he lived to testify in court. But that didn’t stop his former friends from going after Pete’s sister Patrica Capozallo, who was ambushed on a Brooklyn street in March of 1992. Capozollo was shot in the arm, back and neck, but she survived too.

In the good old days of the Mafia, or any organized crime group, a person’s family was always considered off-limits, when it came to retribution against anyone who might have found a friend in the government. Not any more. Everyone, male or female, relative, or friend, of any canary, is now in danger, whether they had anything to do with the situation, or not. The feeling apparently is, with the informer now in the wind and unavailable for killing, hurt him where it hurts him most – his family.

I liked the good old days better.

The article below appeared in the Dublin Herald.

http://www.herald.ie/news/freddies-euro100k-to-kill-witness-2846987.html

By Ken Foy

Friday August 12 2011

‘FAT’ Freddie Thompson’s gang has agreed to pay €100k to anyone who kills a State witness.

The gangsters have clubbed together with other criminals and there is now a €100,000 price on the head of protected witness Joey O’Brien.

But because they can’t get at Mr O’Brien – Thompson (below) and fellow criminals have turned on his innocent sister. Louise O’ Brien has also been targeted by associates of murderer Peter Kenny, convicted on her brother’s evidence. Ms O’Brien fled her Dublin home in the wake of the conviction of Peter Kenny (28) – jailed after her brother, Joey, gave evidence against him.

Kenny (28), from Rialto, was given a mandatory life sentence last month after being convicted of the murder of drug dealer John ‘Champagne’ Carroll (33), shot dead while socialising in Grumpy Jack’s Pub in the Coombe in February, 2009.

O’Brien’s family and his girlfriend’s family in the Coombe have been targeted with pipe bombs and threats before and during the trial over his decision to turn supergrass. In one incident, a taxi owned by a member of O’Brien’s girlfriend’s family was blown up outside his south Dublin home. Joey O’Brien, from Crumlin, his partner and children and other family members have been given new lives as part of the Witness Security Programme, probably outside the jurisdiction.

However, his sister Louise was not included in the secret programme but has been forced to flee her south inner city home with her children because of the campaign of terror. Sources have revealed that Louise was verbally threatened, branded a “rat” and even spat at on the street because of her brother’s decision to give evidence. “What he did had absolutely nothing to do with Louise – it left her in a very vulnerable position. She has been advised to get out of Dublin and that is what she has done,” explained a source.

In one of the most serious incidents, a close male associate of Ms O’Brien was given a “severe hiding” close to their home by three criminals armed with baseball bats. CRIMINALS Sources say that one of the criminals involved in the baseball attack was a convicted heroin dealer from the south inner city who is a major target for gardai under antigangland legislation.

It is understood that death threats were made against Ms O’ Brien during the course of this extremely serious assault which left the victim battered and bruised. The vicious assault was carried out with the approval of ‘Fat’ Freddie’s gang. During the murder trial, O’Brien denied being a garda informer for several years before the 2009 killing. He agreed that by the time of the killing he was a drug dealer at a significant level and used to sell drugs to “anybody, including new users, recreational users and addicts”.

However he didn’t begin taking drugs until he was 19 and was a recreational user, never becoming addicted to substances. O’Brien also admitted that he committed a large number of other criminal offences, including credit card fraud. He said that by the summer of 2005, his life was under threat as he had fallen out with a wellknown, notorious criminal, who had taken a shine to him as a teenager. O’Brien agreed that this drugs boss came down heavy on him and that he told a garda that this individual was threatening to shoot him over the debt and for informing on him to the gardai.

O’Brien agreed that his father, who had been in the army all his life, had to put up some money to get this criminal off his back. He agreed that at the time of John Carroll’s killing, he (Joey O’Brien) was socialising seven nights a week, taking cocaine, getting taxis everywhere, “could drop” €3,000 or €4,000 an hour in a bookies and owed €8,500. However, he denied driving the gunman to the scene that night in order to make €15,000. After being arrested, O’Brien told gardai that his role in the murder was to burn the motorbike used in the killing at a housing estate in Harold’s Cross – he told detectives that Peter Kenny was the gunman in the hit on Carroll.

O’Brien confirmed that Peter Kenny walked into the pub wearing a helmet and fired a number of shots at ‘Champagne’ Carroll with a semi-automatic weapon.

hnews@herald.ie

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