New England Mafia Capo Rossetti was FBI informant

August 14th 2011 | Posted by UnderBoss

 

Mark Rossetti a reputed capo in the New England mafia who was indicted last year on charges of gambling, drug trafficking, loan sharking, and running a sprawling criminal enterprise was also an FBI informant according to court documents. Two lower level associates involved in Rossetti’s criminal enterprise who are court for their own case filed the documents. Rossetti can not be identified by name but he can clearly be identified through a State Police organized crime chart named the Rossetti Criminal Organization and through descriptions of his conversations with his FBI handler.

State Police through a wiretap placed on Rossetti’s FBI issued phone were able to record over 40 conversation between Rossetti and his FBI handler in 2010 according to court documents. During these conversations Rossetti and his handler discussed his debt collections , other Mafia figures , and a possible role by a cousin of Rossetti’s in an art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum back in 1990. State Police claim that it was during these conversations that they became aware that Rossetti was indeed an FBI informant. In May of 2010 Rossetti grew concerned that he was being investigated by State Police and revealed to his FBI handler that his phone has been tapped.

The complete nature of Rossetti’s role with the FBI is not completely clear yet but the fact that Rossetti is a high ranking mafioso who was being investigated by State Police at the same time as he was working with the FBI has raised serious questions. Many wonder how close the FBI was monitoring Rossetti and the extent of his criminal activities while he worked along with them. The FBI when working with informants is required to follow very strict  and clear guidelines that restrict what informants may do especially on a criminal level. A spokesman for the FBI’s Boston office said that the Department of Justice rules require that any criminal wrong doings committed by any of our sources must be reported and the FBI followed those guidelines.

Court documents also stated that Rossetti expected he would be spared from being prosecuted for any crimes he committed in which the FBI had knowledge of but was worried for his safety if it seemed he was getting some kind of special treatment from authorities. Rossetti in an exchange with his handler says he knows he will be protected for the crimes he has committing because his handler had knowledge of them but he was worried about the appearance of him not going to prison if everyone else in the upcoming case ended up incarcerated and if he would be forced to testify before the Grand Jury. His handler assures him that his safety is the bureau’s number one concern and that they would deal with the fallout of the state wiretaps as the case progressed. The conversation continued with Rossetti going as far as asking his handler for permission to back off other collectors and meet with his own debt collectors and to also be able to aid people who needed him to intercede with other criminals on their behalf and his handler tells him that he must file the proper paperwork before he makes his next move.

The investigation against Rossetti and his criminal organization by troopers from the State Police Special Services Section resulted in the execution of 30 search warrants which produced a seizure of $1.3 millions dollars from extortion cases, $120,000 in drug money , various illegal drugs , a pipe bomb and multiple weapons. Also charged in the case with Rossetti was his alleged soldier Darin Bufalino who has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Two others allegedly associated with Rossetti’s crime ring Michael Petrillo and Joseph Giallanella filed the documents to have their charges dismissed because of Rossetti’s relationship with the FBI and evidence obtained by him during that time should not be allowed because his relationship was not disclosed to judges who approved the wiretaps and search warrants.

 

 

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