New details are emerging about how the FBI handled one of its informants who is now accused of running a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise.
This isn’t a story about Whitey Bulger, but the similarities between that case and this one are striking.
The man at the center of this case is Mark Rossetti, who was arrested by State Police last year.
Rossetti has a long criminal record and is also a suspect in several murders.
But while the State Police put together their case against Rossetti, he was also working as an informant for the FBI, and despite a press release issued last week which paints a rosy relationship between the State Police and the FBI on this case, Fox Undercover has learned that's not the whole story.
According to court papers filed last week by defense attorney Bob George, State Police secretly recorded Rossetti talking to his FBI handler about 40 times.
The court documents detail those conversations, mentioning the informant, but not identifying him as Rossetti.
The informant tells his FBI handler "...he knows he will be protected for the crimes he has been committing with the knowledge of his handler..."
The FBI handler "...promised that (Rossetti's) safety is his biggest concern..."
These revelations come just weeks after the arrest of Whitey Bulger, an FBI informant who committed violent crimes under the protection of his handler and was even tipped off to his indictment, leading to years on the run for Bulger.
A joint press release issued Friday by the FBI and State Police regarding Rossetti's status as an FBI informant says "...FBI employees responsible for handling this matter did not engage in any inappropriate activity..."
It also says the FBI was prepared to stop its relationship with Rossetti after the State Police notified the feds about Rossetti's alleged criminal activity, but that the State Police requested that the relationship continue so Rossetti wouldn't be tipped off to the investigation.
But now FOX Undercover has learned State Police had earlier asked the FBI if Rossetti was an informant and the FBI said no.
All this is raising questions about what kind of lessons were learned from the Whitey Bulger fiasco.
In recent years, both the FBI and State Police have tried to portray their once strained relationship as healed.
Neither the FBI nor the State Police would discuss why the FBI earlier told State Police that Rossetti was not an informant.