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Retired FBI agent charged with ties to mob

March 30, 2006 at 10:22 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- A retired FBI agent was charged Thursday in New York with feeding information to an organized crime boss that was used to kill four people.

R. Lindley DeVecchio was expected to be released on $1 million bail after his arraignment, The New York Times reported, combining $100,000 in cash with guarantees from five retired agents. About 45 of DeVecchio's former colleagues packed a courtroom in Brooklyn to support him.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said DeVecchio developed a close relationship with Gregory Scarpa Sr., a captain in the Colombo crime family. Scarpa died in 1994 in prison.

"This is the most stunning example of official corruption I have ever seen," Hynes said.

Hynes said his investigation began with information from a Massachusetts congressman who has been investigating FBI involvement with organized crime.

DeVecchio's supporters say he has already been exonerated by a Justice Department investigation.

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