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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gotti’s 'adopted son' who ratted on the mob sentenced to time served

Gambino crime family rat, Lewis Kasman, who Dapper Don John Gotti once called his “adopted son” scurried out of Brooklyn federal court with a no jail sentence as a reward for 15 years of cooperation with the government.
Kasman pleaded guilty in September of 2007 to obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI, after his own wire tape recorded him tipping off a fellow mobster to a federal investigation.
In 2008, while still cooperating with the government, he was charged again with robbing $90,000 after ripping off another Gambino crime member.
In his defense, Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Norris, cited his contribution to the government’s uneven record prosecuting the Gottis.
Lewis Kasman
Lewis Kasman

“What Mr. Kasman achieved by recording the highest echelons of the Gambino crime family cannot be underestimated,” said Norris.
It wasn’t all good news for Kasman, 53, who was squealing on the mob even as he delivered the eulogy at the Gotti’s funeral.
“He can no longer live the dual life he once lived where he partied with the bad boys and then reported to the good guys,” said his lawyer Michael Gold, who claimed his client was on food stamps living with his parents.
“What a piece of sh-t,” said Angel Gotti, the Teflon Don’s oldest daughter, who was at the sentencing. “My father went to Marion for 10 years because of him.”
His lawyer asked the judge to consider his difficulty growing up without a father, his bitter divorce with his wife and his estrangement from the Gambino crime family before handing down his sentence.
“There is constant fear of retaliation and acts of violence against him and his loved ones,” said Gold.
It isn’t just his crime family that’s out to get him, his ex-wife would also like to see him dead, said Gold.
“It’s one thing for a couple to separate after many years, it’s another thing for the wife to side with the people who wanted to kill him,” he said.
Although Kasman was feeding information to the feds since 1995, according to his lawyer, it wasn’t until after he was busted in 2005 that he agreed to wear a wire for a whopping $12,000 a month.
“The man was two-faced, and that’s being charitable,” said Charles Carnesi, who represented Junior Gotti in the last racketeering trial in Manhattan federal court.
He was expected to testify against his mob brother Junior Gotti, but was deemed too unreliable to take the stand.
Wearing a rumpled grey blazer, black slacks, a white shirt and no tie, Kasman, buried his head in his and and sighed deeply throughout the proceeding.
“I do accept responsibility for my actions,” he told the judge. “They were serious crimes. “I did envy the bad guys. I’m not going to tell you that I did not. It’s a hard lesson to learn to live a clean and healthy life. I hope you have the compassion to do what’s right by me.”
Judge Nicholas Garaufis acknowledged Kasman contribution helping the FBI prosecute mobsters which he called the “cesspool of society” and the cost that it has on his life.
“Incarcerated or not, [Kasman] will never be free,” said the judge.



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