Dominick "Big Dom" LoFaro (1928-2003) was a soldier in the Gambino crime family who later became an undercover informant. According to the FBI, LoFaro was the first Mafia soldier to ever work as an informant while on active duty.
D.LoFaro was born in New York, his grandfather was a member of the Mafia in Sicily who immigrated to the U.S. and was said to be well respected. Dom LoFaro's Godfather was notorious crime boss Albert Anastasia, Carlo Gambino attended his grandfathers funeral upon his death. LoFaro worked in Queens, New York, in capo Ralph Mosca's crew, which specialized in labor racketeering, loan sharking, gambling and extortion. LoFaro was a "bagman" in the Carpenters' Union rackets. LoFaro also transported the Gambino crime family share from Greek-American mobsters operating in Astoria, Queens. LoFaro became a member of the Gambino family after murdering a Greek mobster who had begun to overstep his boundaries and muscle in on Gambino family turf.
LoFaro first worked as a lowly soldier managing card games for $400 a week, until he was contracted to murder someone for a $100,000, his first big score. He then became involved in smuggling and distributing heroin. In 1984, LoFaro was arrested in Upstate New York trying to sell a kilogram of heroin to an undercover agent in an FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) operation. Facing over 20 years in prison for narcotics trafficking, LoFaro decided to wear a surveillance wire for the government and record mob conversations. He surprised officers who arrested him and were informing him of the charges he faced while under arrest by declaring "you guys don't understand, I'm going to cooperate".
According to Time Magazine, investigators outfitted LoFaro "...with a tiny microphone taped to his chest and a miniature cassette recorder, no bigger than two packs of gum, that fitted into the small of his back without producing a bulge. Equipped with a magnetic switch on a cigarette lighter to activate the recorder, Lofaro coolly discussed Gambino crime family affairs with the unsuspecting Gotti brothers. Afterward he placed the tapes inside folded copies of The New York Times business section and dropped them in a preselected trash bin."
LoFaro wore a wire for the FBI for two years. One of LoFaro's primary targets was Gambino boss John Gotti. LoFaro also gathered evidence against Gambino members Ralph Mosca, Mosca's sons and Carmine Fiore. LoFaro also produced evidence against Genovese crime family associates Attilio Bitondo and Eugene Hanley who were leaders in the New York City Carpenters' Union. LoFaro provided information to the New York State Organized Crime Task Force that led to electronic surveillance on the offices of Carpenters' Union Locals 608 and 257 in Manhattan.
LoFaro was placed in a witness protection program. He died in 2003.