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Monday, March 21, 2011

FBI Probed Famous Harlem Politician for alleged bribes from Genovese Captain

Famed Harlem politician and businessman Percy Sutton was investigated by the FBI in the 1980s for allegedly taking a bribe from Genovese capo William "Billy the Butcher" Masselli in exchange for city construction contracts, newly released federal files show.
Sutton's alleged bribe-taking -- during his days as Manhattan borough president from 1965 to 1977 -- grew out of a larger FBI wiretapping probe into Masselli.
The taped conversations led investigators to dozens of potential bribery and extortion cases against politicians and union heads, but the prosecution was dropped when a key informant who worked with Masselli turned out to be tainted. He was suspected of murdering as many as 10 people.
Sutton was never charged with wrongdoing.


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