The FBI lied to State Police investigators by telling them that purported Mafia captain Mark Rossetti was not an informant, a defense attorney says in newly filed court documents.
Attorney Bob George, who represents two of Rossetti’s co-defendants, cites as evidence an affidavit filed by a special state prosecutor about a conversation between a State Police investigator and an FBI supervisor.
The state prosecutor, whose name is redacted, writes, “In late December 2008 or early January 2009, the State Police inquired of an FBI supervisor if (Rossetti) was providing information to that agency. The supervisor denied that (Rossetti) was an informant."
That conversation appears to contradict a joint FBI-State Police press release issued last August after Rossetti’s informant status was first revealed. The release says, "The FBI cooperated for months with the Massachusetts State Police, assisting their organized crime unit until the investigation was complete."
Rossetti’s name is redacted from the filing, but FOX Undercover has confirmed that the alleged capo is the federal informant cited.
A spokesman for the State Police says the agency is standing by the joint press release and declined further comment, citing the pending case. The FBI declined to comment. Rossetti and a score of other purported underworld figures are facing charges that they ran a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that engaged in heroin and marijuana trafficking, among other crimes.
During their investigation of Rossetti, the State Police overheard Rossetti talking to his FBI handler more than 40 times. One conversation came as Rossetti suspected the state police were moving in, and he was recorded demanding protection from his FBI handler.
George also accuses the State Police of already knowing Rossetti was an FBI informant before beginning their investigation and withholding that information from the judge who approved the wiretaps.
"If such behavior is not misleading, then what is?” George wrote in his motion.
George is trying to show that Rossetti’s status as an informant should have precluded the judge from authorizing the wiretap and so the evidence obtained from the wiretap should be thrown out.
Whatever evidence is used, Rossetti’s status as a long-time paid FBI informant is highly controversial.
Bob Long, a retired detective lieutenant with the State Police, told FOX Undercover that someone with Rossetti’s record shouldn’t have been an informant.
“Based on his history of being suspects in many murders and trafficking heroin onto our streets, no way he should he have been an informant. They should be out targeting him,” Long said in an August interview.
Long was part of the State Police team whose efforts to capture another high-ranking organized crime figure – James “Whitey” Bulger – were foiled by the FBI. Bulger was later revealed to be a prized informant for the FBI.