FBI Organized Crime
Only because of an alert New York State Police [NYSP] trooper, did authorities discover Organized Crime figures and mobsters were meeting at the rural estate of JOSEPH BARBARA, in Appalachian, New York in November 1957 which included Mafiosi figures JOSEPH BONANNO, CARLO GAMBINO, VITO GENOVESE, JOSEPH PROFACE, SANTOS TRAFICANTE and fifty-seven  other known professional hoodlums. When BARBARA’s guests realized police were recording license plate numbers, wanting to remain anonymous, mobsters scrambled, some running into the woods. Setting up road blocks, authorities identified many of the hoodlums, thinking they interrupted a mini-convention involving Organized Crime. Accordingly, members whose background also includes FBI Organized Crime can be a great asset to someone looking for an investigator and/or needing an expert concerning Organized Crime.
Exchanging intelligence with the FBI, police determined of the 60-plus gangsters identified 53-suspects had FBI files with 40-individuals having known criminal records. Concerned about the Appalachian meeting and Organized Crime, the FBI decided to re-examine its efforts prosecuting gangsters, having initiated it’s “Top Hoodlum Program,” in August 1953.
While mobsters meeting at BARBARA’s estate proved to be a Mafiosi’s Who’s Who, the FBI quickly realized it lacked jurisdiction for agents to effectively investigate Organized Crime, telling Congress they needed new laws. Not wanting to pass up an opportunity to be tough on crime, in 1961, after ROBERT KENNEDY became Attorney General [AG], Congress passed the Federal Wire Wager and Travel Act and Interstate Transportation of Wagering Paraphernalia Act, enabling agents to target illegal bookmaking operations and conduct investigations involving individuals traveling in interstate or foreign commerce for the purposes of conducting illegal activity. The law also targeted facilities used to conduct illegal activity. While some Organized Crime figures took notice, most were not worried …yet. But Congress had only just begun.
Seeking more resources, in 1963, the FBI convinced mob “button” man JOSEPH VALACHI, also known as [aka] JOE CARGO to testify before a specially “televised” Senate subcommittee investigating Organized Crime that rocked the nation. Providing “inside” information, VALACHI shocked the public hearing stories about mob crime families, hit-men, and extortion rackets. Believing Organized Crime posed a serious threat to the nation’s security, KENNEDY put prosecutors and investigators together creating a new unit at the Justice Department called the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section to better coordinate the FBI’s activities, and other law enforcement agencies charged with investigating the broad spectrum of criminal activities being committed by crime figures.
But some argued, the Bureau still lacked the necessary tools needed to combat Organized Crime. Not wanting to appear soft, in 1968, Congress passed the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, giving the FBI its broadest authority yet, allowing agents to use court authorized wiretaps and “bugs” to investigate and lockup mobsters. And as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, passed the Illegal Gambling Business Act, targeting syndicated gambling and enacted the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations [RICO] Act, giving prosecutors authority to attack criminal organizations and seize assets. The latter provision enabling the Justice Department to levy penalties for criminal and civil violations, including treble damages, costs, and attorney fees. Targeting assets and taking mobsters’ money, Justice Department officials finally felt confident they had the tools needed to disrupt and dismantle the crime family networks that officials thought had threatened the nation’s security.
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[NOTE: Information contained herein about Organized Crime was obtained from the FBI’s official website www.FBI.gov].
Agents with FBI Organized Crime skillset
- James K. Ellis, CFE
- Samuel Smemo, Jr.
- Myron R. Fuller, CFE, FSO, FIO
- Joseph R. Lewis
- Chris J. Quick
- Dennis J. Franks
- Charles J. Walsh
- Jeffrey A. Danik
- Gregory M. Vecchi, Ph.D.
- Harry Garcia
- Todd K. Hulsey
- Peter D. Yachmetz
- Louis F. Bertram
- Dennis P. Joyce
- Daniel Bellich
- Thomas J Baker
- Herbert Cousins, Jr
- James J Wedick
- Keith D. Tolhurst
- Thomas W. Raftery III
- Edward C. Shaw
- Paul J. Wiegartner, Jr.
- Robert (Bobby) Chacon
- Douglas R. Jones