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Monday, February 6, 2012

Cop pleads guilty to heading contraband ring

Now he’s an army of one.
A corrupt cop who bragged about leading a “good f----n’ army” of crooked cronies pleaded guilty today to heading up a contraband ring that smuggled guns, cigarettes and slot machines into New York.
William Masso, 48, agreed to serve nearly six years in the slammer for crimes that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called “a betrayal of the highest order” when the rogue operation was busted last year.
The veteran Brooklyn cop also promised to cough up the $50,000 he pocketed while running a yearlong scheme that was part of an undercover sting by the FBI.
Masso — whose cousin is notorious Genovese crime-family capo Alphonse “Allie Shades” Malangone — wiped away tears after detailing his dirty deeds in Manhattan federal court, where his sister shook her head and sobbed quietly in the gallery.
The married father of three girls then used a red file folder to try and hide his face from photographers as he walked in shame to a nearby parking garage.
Masso is the first of a dozen alleged co-conspirators to plead guilty in a racket that the feds say also involved four other active-duty cops, three NYPD retirees, a former city Sanitation officer and a New Jersey jail guard.
Defense lawyer Ron Fischetti described Masso as a “broken man” who made a “terrible, terrible mistake” and had been openly weeping on his way to court.


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