In what the New York Daily News calls the potentially worst scandal in New York Police Department history, two retired detectives were charged yesterday with moonlighting as hit men for the mob. The men allegedly carried out one gangland execution and aided in at least seven others. Federal agents arrested Louis Eppolito, 56, and Stephen Caracappa, 63, at Las Vegas restaurant. Eppolito, a cop-turned-actor who retired in 1990, had bit parts in movies like “Goodfellas.” He was the subject of a 1992 book, “Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob.”
The case is “stunning,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf. “These corrupt former detectives betrayed their shields, their colleagues and the citizens they were sworn to protect.” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes called it “one of the most shocking examples of criminal activity I’ve ever witnessed.” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called the alleged crimes “shocking and disgraceful.” An indictment charged that Luchese underboss Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso began paying the detectives $4,000 a month in 1986 for confidential information,- including the identities of police informants, who were murdered.