Former FBI agent and mob informant case handler Lindley DeVecchio
|Date of birth:||April 18, 1940|
|Born in:||Fresno, California, U.S.|
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Lindley "Lin" DeVecchio (born Roy Lindley DeVecchio on April 18, 1940 in Fresno, California) is a former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent in charge of managing mob informants. DeVecchio worked for the FBI during the Mafia wars in New York during the 1980s and 1990s, eventually rising to head of the FBI squad responsible for surveillance of the Colombo crime family. He was also responsible for handling Gregory Scarpa, a Colombo crime family hitman and capo who had secretly been an FBI informant since the 1960s. It is believed and suspected by many journalists, mafia experts, investigative reporters, and even by some FBI Agents that DeVecchio was in Gregory Scarpa's pocket, and for many years been telling him secretive FBI information about indictments, listening devices, and mafia informants. Many people believe that DeVecchio also played a major role in the 1990s Colombo war, giving confidential information to Scarpa about his rivals and often helped Scarpa track them so he could kill all of his rivals, DeVecchio allegedly helped Scarpa track down all of his enemies after there was a murder attempt on him, his daughter and his granddaughter. them
Connection to Gregory Scarpa racketeering trial
After Scarpa pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in 1993, former Colombo consigliere Carmine Sessa, who had recently turned informer, tipped off prosecutors about Scarpa's unusual relationship with DeVecchio. Eventually, prosecutors uncovered circumstantial evidence that DeVecchio had leaked confidential information to Scarpa on numerous occasions. Reportedly, DeVecchio had told Scarpa about several former Colombo members who had turned informer. DeVecchio was also suspected of alerting Scarpa that he was being bugged, and that his son was about to be arrested for drug trafficking. Devecchio also was suspected by many sources of taking bribes from Gregory Scarpa, and it is also believed that Devecchio turned a blind-eye on many of the murder's that Scarpa committed. Most seriously, evidence surfaced that DeVecchio had given Scarpa tips on how to track down soldiers backing Victor Orena's effort to take over the Colombo family during the Third Colombo War (1991-1993); Scarpa sided with longtime boss Carmine Persico. It was believed that DeVecchio was the first FBI agent to be accused of helping a mobster commit crimes and cover them up. The FBI conducted a two-year internal probe, but ultimately decided not to press charges against DeVecchio. Nonetheless, his reputation was ruined, and he retired in 1996.
Although DeVecchio was cleared of wrongdoing by his superiors, 19 soldiers from the Orena faction had their convictions reversed or charges thrown out after their lawyers contended DeVecchio's actions cast doubt on the evidence against them. The lawyers contended that DeVecchio actively helped Scarpa hunt down and kill opponents, thus making many of the deaths caused by their clients acts of self-defense. They also contended that DeVecchio had manufactured evidence.
In 2006, Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes indicted DeVecchio on charges that he'd helped Scarpa kill four people in the 1980s and early 1990s by supplying confidential FBI information about them. The case was based almost entirely on the testimony of Scarpa's longtime girlfriend, Linda Schiro. However, the case imploded in the fall of 2007 when Tom Robbins of The Village Voice came forward with an interview he and mob expert Jerry Capeci had conducted with Schiro in 1997 in which Schiro denied that DeVecchio had been involved in most of the murders.
This all but forced prosecutors to move for a dismissal of charges against DeVecchio, which was granted on November 1, 2007.
DeVecchio is the co-author of a book about his experiences.
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- "Charges Dropped in F.B.I. Murder Case" By MICHAEL BRICK and ANAHAD O'CONNOR New York Times November 1, 2007
- Lin Devecchio w/ Charles Brandt (February 22, 2011). We're Going to Win This Thing: The Shocking Frame-up of a Mafia Crime Buster pp. 368. Berkley (1st edition). ISBN 978-0425229866.
- License to Kill: Greg Scarpa and the FBI by James Ridgway
- The G-Man and the Hit Man by Fredric Dannen
- Dive to the Mat: Why Did the Trial of the Mafia's Mole in the New York FBI Fall Apart? by Sander Hicks
- New York Times coverage of DeVecchio and Rudy Giuliani
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