Two Baltimore detectives plead guilty in racketeering case
Now and then, everyone in this world takes an apple from the fruit stand when the owner isn’t looking but to take the whole stand is a different story.
Two ex-Baltimore- cops pleaded guilty Friday to federal racketeering charges, admitting that they committed armed robberies, made fraudulent overtime claims and filed false affidavits.
The other 5 dirty cops are scheduled for trial in 2018.
The movies had the Dirty Dozen and Baltimore has/had the Filthy Five +2. They not only shook down drug dealers, the also padded their time sheets showing an inordinate amount of overtime on the job. Essentially; they were charging the city time and a half and double time while they were robbing the robbers. That side little caper netted the guys another 8 – 10 G’s a year they used for messing around money.
As I said at the beginning of this post. Greed is what kills the goose that laid the golden egg. If the boys only grabbed an apple once and awhile, they could have stayed under the radar. They got caught when they stole the whole fruit stand.
They took the sign literally!
We would assume; of all the people in the world, a cop should know that crime does not pay.
Will this serve as an example to other cops with itchy palms.
Two of the biggest example of down right dirty cops that went bad are the two Italian cops from the Big Apple. These two characters were like 99.9% of all the other people who become cops. They all start with good intentions. BUT, always the BIG BUT; the fast life, glamour, they see the people they arrest are making 1,000 times what they do and the temptation to put their hand in the cookie jar overwhelms them.
Eventually, one or two cookies are not enough so they steal the whole jar and get caught.
Eppolito and Caracappa’s demise came about after they retired when Eppllito wrote a book about his life, bragadociously and very foolishly put some incriminating inforamtion in it that lead to their arrest.
Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa are two former New York Police Department (NYPD) police detectives who worked on behalf of the New York Mafia, principally the Lucchese crime family, while they committed various illegal activities. In 2006, they were convicted of labor racketeering, extortion, narcotics, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, eight counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, charges stemming from the 1980s and the early 1990s in New York City, and in the 2000s in Las Vegas. Both were sentenced to life in federal prison.
|Born||1948 (age 68–69)
New York City, New York, United States
|Awards||Eppolito’s claim to be the 11th most decorated officer in NYPD was found to be false during the appeal hearing as well as his own admittance that his two Medals of Honor were in actuality only “Honorable Mentions”.|
|Department||New York Police Department|
|Years of service||1969 – 1990|
|Rank||Sworn in as an officer – 1969
Detective – 1979
|Other work||Actor, author, convicted on corruption, racketeering, and murder charges|
Louis Eppolito (born 1948) is the son of Ralph Eppolito, a member of the Gambino crime family. His paternal uncle and cousin, James Eppolito and James Eppolito Jr., were also both made Gambino members in capo Nino Gaggi’s crew. Growing up, he became acquainted with several other mobsters. His uncle and cousin were eventually murdered by both Nino Gaggi and Gambino family soldier, Roy DeMeo, with the permission of Gambino family boss, Paul Castellano. When he applied for the NYPD in 1969, Eppolito falsely stated that he was unrelated to organized crime figures.
Eppolito eventually rose to detective, a job which garnered him a number of headlines. In 1983, he was suspected of passing New York Police Department intelligence reports to Rosario Gambino, a distant relative of Carlo Gambino and Paul Castellano, the former leaders of the Gambino crime family. He was cleared in this case. Eppolito retired as a police officer in late 1990. In his book, he cites his tarnished reputation over the Rosario Gambino corruption case as a reason for leaving.
After meeting actor Joe Pesci in a Manhattan bistro called Cafe Central, a restaurant frequented by celebrities, he had a minor career as an actor, with small roles in movies including Lost Highway, Predator 2, Goodfellas, and Ruby.
In 1992, Eppolito wrote a book, Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob, in which he spoke of his attempts to avoid being dragged into the criminal life and having to fight for his reputation as a result of the Rosario Gambino corruption case. He moved to Las Vegas around 1994 and sold automobiles at the Infiniti dealership, where he would entertain fellow salesmen with NYC crime scene photos.
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Died||April 8, 2017 (aged 74–75)|
|Other names||The Stick|
|Department||New York Police Department|
|Years of service||1969 – 1992|
|Rank||Sworn in as an officer – 1969
Detective – 1979
|Other work||Convicted on corruption, racketeering, and murder charges|
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Stephen Caracappa (1942–2017) had worked in the NYPD’s organized crime unit in Brooklyn, New York, since the late 1970s before he eventually retired on a disability pension in 1992. He subsequently worked as a private investigator and retired in the mid-1990s, moving to Las Vegas along with Eppolito. Caracappa worked inside the Las Vegas Women’s Correctional Facility as a correctional officer. While on trial in 2006, both he and Eppolito claimed that they were discriminated against during the proceedings.
By 1985, Federal authorities recognized Eppolito and Caracappa as associates with the New York Mafia. Caracappa was at this point a member of the Organized Crime Homicide Unit within the NYPD Major Case Squad based in Brooklyn. Both were known for using inappropriate methods to get results in their police work.
According to Lucchese crime family underboss Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso, when trying to enroll in Witness Protection in 1994, he and his boss Vittorio “Vic” Amuso had paid Eppolito and Caracappa $375,000 in bribes — and payments for murder contracts — since 1985. Casso stated that in 1986 that, as retaliation for an attempt on Casso’s life — and on the orders of Casso and Amuso — the two police detectives kidnapped and handed over James Hydell, an associate of the Gambino crime family, to be murdered by Casso.
Again on Casso’s orders, this time with the assistance of Louis Daidone, Eppolito and Caracappa murdered Lucchese member Bruno Facciolo — because Casso suspected him of being an informant. Facciolo’s murder is famous for the stuffed canary Federal agents discovered in his mouth at the crime scene; considered to be a message to other informants.
At least partially in retaliation for the 1985 murder of Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano, arranged by John Gotti, Casso ordered Eppolito and Caracappa to kill Gambino captain Edward “Eddie” Lino. On November 6, 1990, the detectives pulled Lino over in his 1990 Mercedes-Benz and shot him nine times.
On April 13, 1991, Caracappa and Eppolito provided information that led to the murder of Gambino crime family soldier Bartholomew “Bobby” Boriello on the orders of Frank “Big Frank” Lastorino, a captain in the Lucchese crime family. Lastorino was reportedly promoted consigliere of the family for this hit. As relations between the Gambino and Lucchese crime families worsened, Lastorino reputedly ordered Eppolito and Caracappa to murder Lucchese “made man” Patrick Testa in 1992. Testa was a former Gambino mobster and Lastorino wanted to make it look like the Gambinos arranged the hit in an attempt to start a war between the rival families.
After wholesale indictments came down for almost every crime family in New York City in the mid-1990s, Eppolito and Caracappa retired to Las Vegas. Casso later confirmed that both of the “Mafia Cops” were still involved in crime family business from Nevada. They were contacted in 1993 by Lastorino to murder the new head of the Gambino crime family, John “Junior” Gotti, whose father was imprisoned for life in 1992. The plot failed.
Lastorino also wanted the detectives to murder the underboss of the Lucchese crime family, Stephen “Wonderboy” Crea. This plot failed due to indictments brought against the family. In the late 1990s, both Eppolito and Caracappa conspired to kill former Gambino crime family underboss Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, who had entered the Witness Protection Program in 1992 after testifying against his boss John Gotti. A reward had been placed on Gravano’s head by Gambino boss Peter Gotti. Gravano was later arrested and convicted of drug trafficking in 2003 and was sentenced to serve 19 years in prison.
After a long investigation, highlighted by Burton Kaplan’s decision to testify against his former confederates, both Eppolito and Caracappa were arrested in March 2005 and charged with counts of racketeering, obstruction of justice, extortion and eight counts of murder and conspiracy. These included the murders of James Hydell, Nicholas Guido, John “Otto” Heidel, John Doe, Anthony DiLapi, Bruno Facciolo, Edward Lino, and Bartholomew Boriello — and their involvement in the conspiracy to murder Gravano.
On April 6, 2006, Eppolito and Caracappa were convicted on all charges. Kaplan, a businessman and career criminal, who had been the link between Casso and the two policemen, was the chief accuser, giving two days of riveting testimony. On June 5, 2006, Eppolito and Caracappa were sentenced to life imprisonment.
On June 30, 2006, a judge threw out a racketeering murder conviction against the two detectives on a technicality — the five-year statute of limitations had expired on the key charge of racketeering conspiracy. On September 17, 2008, their racketeering convictions were ordered reinstated by a Federal appeals court.
On March 6, 2009, Eppolito was sentenced to life plus 100 years and Caracappa to life plus 80 years. Each was fined more than $4 million. On July 23, 2010, their convictions were upheld by a New York City appeals court. As of April 2012, Eppolito was incarcerated at United States Penitentiary, Tucson and Caracappa at United States Penitentiary, Coleman in Florida; both are high security institutions.
These two were very bad people who allowed the greed and taste for the high life do them in. They didn’t only steal an apple on occasion, or steal the fruit stand, they stole the whole market place and killed many of its shop-keepers.
They wanted to be big-shots and famous; they got their wish.