They Are Crooked

NY Post 'reports' below.

So why the #*$& did they save John Gotti?

And, why don't they apply "unprecedented heat" right now?

MOB PUTS UP $250,000 TO WHACK FBI'S GAMBINO INFILTRATOR
By MURRAY WEISS

August 8, 2005 -- THE FBI is warning New York's top Mafia bosses to scuttle a shocking $250,000 murder contract taken out on an undercover agent who infiltrated their hierarchy, The Post has learned.

Lightning-fast visits to the heads, underbosses and consiglieres of the city's five families occurred over the past several days after the FBI learned of the vengeful plot from jailhouse snitches inside Sing Sing, sources say.

Sources said the bureau made it crystal clear to the mob chieftains: Any attempt on the life of "Jack Falcone," their new "Donnie Brasco," would result not only in unprecedented heat that would make their lives "a living nightmare," but they all could face the death penalty should he be killed.

The death-threat revelation is the latest development in the three-year penetration of the Gambino crime-family hierarchy by a steely nerved FBI undercover agent posing as Falcone, a high-end Miami-based hood moving stolen goods through a crew of Cubans.

The burly 6-foot-4, 300-plus-pound agent was so convincing in his daring role that the mob proposed him for induction into their ranks a move that forced the feds to end the sting and round up 32 mobsters and associates, including the first generation of Gambino bosses in the post-John Gotti era.

THE new developments sur faced early last week after the feds were informed that Anthony Guzzo, 47, a convicted murderer and Colombo crime-family associate, allegedly boasted that he and his cronies accepted a contract from embarrassed mob bosses "to get that motherf- - - - - Falcone" and a couple of other witnesses.

Guzzo was convicted in the 1989 machine-gun slaying of one man and the wounding of another in a Queens parking lot. After serving 10 years, he was freed, but returned to prison in 2002 for another five years after he cut the throat of a patron in a Patchogue, L.I., bar during an argument.

About a week ago, the FBI confronted Guzzo in the Ossining prison. He denied discussing Falcone or involvement in a murder contract.

But he then boldly agreed to take a lie-detector test and flunked.

That was not the only the reason for the feds to act.

Guzzo comes from a family of hair-trigger tempered hoods.

In 1997, his brother, Vito, 40, escaped the death penalty when he coolly confessed in court to pumping bullets into the heads of several victims as they begged for their lives victims chosen because of their reputed roles in the slaying of Guzzo's father, Vito Sr., a Colombo soldier who disappeared during a 1987 upstate hunting trip.

Vito Jr. was sentenced to 38 years for those murders and for running the notorious Ridgewood Boys, who terrorized Queens with strings of robberies, assaults and arsons in the 1980s and 1990s.

LAST Tuesday, top FBI offi cials huddled, assessed the threat situation and decided to take immediate action.

First, Falcone was offered protection in his out-of-state post, where he continues to work undercover.

Then supervisors and agents from each of the FBI's five organized-crime squads were dispatched to contact the family bosses: Vincent "Chin" Gigante, his brother Mario, Dominic "Quiet Dom" Cirillo and Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianello of the Genoveses; Anthony Rabito and Anthony Spero from the Bonannos; Nicholas "Little Nicky" Corozzo and his brother Joseph "JoJo" Corozzo from the Gambinos; Carmine Persico and Jackie DeRoss of the Colombos; and Louis Daidone and Joe Caridi from the Lucheses.

FBI spokesman James Margolin declined to say if there were any current threats but pointed out that "as a general proposition, whenever we get threat from any source, we act on it in a timely and appropriate manner whether it is against an agent, a witness or even a mobster."

In fact, the FBI once warned John Gotti that Chin Gigante targeted him for death for the unsanctioned 1985 assassination of Paul "Big Paul" Castellano, then the capo di tutti capo of all the families.

Ron Rubinstein, who represented Anthony Guzzo in the 1989 murder case, said Guzzo would never act against a lawman because he understood that such action was always considered off-limits.

The mob bosses visited last week basically had the same response. "You know we don't do that sort of thing," one of them shrugged, according to a source, who then recalled how the mob gunned down the sister of turncoat hood Pete "Fat Pete" Chiodo in 1992 to silence him.

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