The New York Times reports that a legendary retired FBI agent who played a key role in significant Mafia prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s is now on trial in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, accused of being a law enforcement “snitch” for organized crime figures and selling information to mobsters for cash, jewelry and the services of a prostitute. Roy Lindley DeVecchio, 67, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisor, played a key role in the “Commission” case in the 1980s that sent the leaders of the five New York crime “families” to jail.
DeVecchio was later assigned to lead a critical investigation into the Colombo Crime Family of New York, but while overseeing that case he allegedly became an informant for Gregory Scarpa, a top member of that organization, and gave Scarpa information that led to four mob assassinations. A lawyer for Mr. DeVecchio, Douglas Grover, said Ms. Schiro's testimony had been concocted to sell books. Several of the victims, he said, were killed before they ever had a chance to cooperate with the F.B.I.