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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Federal judge says former FBI agent aided in murders during Colombo family civil war

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In a stunning burst of candor, a Brooklyn federal judge said he has long believed that a former FBI agent who beat a murder rap was a rogue G-man, the Daily News has learned.

Judge Edward Korman’s damning words were buried in a transcript of a 2012 court case for mob informant Gregory Scarpa Jr.

Scarpa was seeking a reduction of his racketeering sentence as a reward for helping the feds find explosives hidden in the home of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.

Korman suggested that the government opposed the motion because the FBI might still have a grudge against Scarpa for his willingness to testify against former agent Lindley DeVeccchio. DeVecchio was accused of helping Scarpa’s father, also named Greg, who was a capo and also a mob rat, kill rivals during the Colombo family civil war.

“It was my view and remains my view that Lin DeVecchio provided information to Scarpa that got people killed,” Korman said, according to the transcript.

“I found it pretty outrageous and the bottom line was, of course, nothing happened to Lin DeVecchio. He was permitted to retire and in his retirement was actually doing background checks for the (FBI),” the judge said.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s case against DeVecchio fell apart mid-trial when a key prosecution witness was caught in a lie.

Korman had presided over the mob trial of Colombo gangster Vittorio "Vic" Orena in the 1990s when allegations of improper conduct by DeVecchio were first raised.

The judge declined to comment Wednesday.

DeVecchio provided information "that got people killed," according to Korman. The former FBI agent was accused of helping the father of Greg Scarpa Jr., who was seeking a reducing of his racketeering sentence.

“Obviously, I disagree with the judge’s opinion,” DeVecchio’s lawyer Doug Grover told The News.

Korman reduced Scarpa Jr.’s sentence by 10 years this week, blasting the FBI and federal prosecutors for refusing to acknowledge the mob scion had actually done a good deed.

“I commend Judge Korman for not being intimidated by the blue wall of silence and speaking his mind,” said Sandra Harmon, author of the book “Mafia Son: The Scarpa Mob Family, the FBI, and a Story of Betrayal.”

DeVecchio was charged with helping Scarpa Sr., who was his prize informant, carry out four mob hits from 1984 to 1992, at the height of the Colombo war.



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