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Monday, June 3, 2013

Former Gotti associate suspected of murder tells judge he is a changed man

An ex-con charged with taking part in the last rubout believed ordered by John Gotti is trying to fool a judge by claiming he turned his life around in the slammer, the feds say.

In reality, reputed Gambino crime family associate Daniel Fama is a junkie who conspired in a major drug deal behind bars and “likely continues to be involved in narcotics trafficking,” prosecutors say.

After his April arrest, Fama all but admitted his role in the 1990 slaying of mobbed-up demolition contractor Edward Garofalo, telling the FBI that he had tried to plead guilty to the murder “as part of his last federal case,” according to papers filed in Manhattan federal court.

“Fama further explained . . . that he was going to plead guilty to the Garofalo murder . . . and ask for a sentence of time served,” prosecutors Jason Masimore and Harris Fischman wrote.

The feds leveled the allegations against Fama, 48, in response to a jailhouse letter he wrote to Judge Andrew Carter, pleading to be released on bond. Fama spent nearly 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering in 1996.

“I am a man who divorced myself from my past. I divorced myself from gangsters and gangsterism,” he wrote in his letter to the judge.

But the feds say that claim “is a lie,” noting that three informants say Fama schemed in prison to ship up to 1,000 kilos of cocaine from Colombia to Italy.



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