Average citizens have no protection from the Mob and Corrupt Officials
By EDMUND H. MAHONY | Courant Staff Writer
August 25, 2007
A federal narcotics agent admitted in court Thursday that he misused a government law enforcement computer in order to help the targets of a mob trash-hauling case try to learn whether they were being investigated.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Louis Angioletti, 36, of New Jersey, faces up to six months in prison under an agreement with federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in federal court to the misdemeanor charge of intentionally accessing a government computer in a manner that exceeded his lawful authority.
As part of his plea bargain, Angioletti also agreed to resign from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Angioletti became ensnared in an FBI investigation of a conspiracy by mob-backed trash haulers in Connecticut and eastern New York to drive out competitors and inflate prices. Federal prosecutors indicted 29 people in the trash case in June 2006, including James Galante, who, they say, dominates waste hauling on both sides of the New York border and is the leader of the conspiracy.
It was Galante whom state Sen. Louis C. DeLuca, R-Woodbury, asked to slap around a man who had recently married DeLuca's granddaughter. On Thursday, senators empaneled a committee to investigate whether to reprimand, censure or expel DeLuca for certain aspects of his involvement with Galante.
At the time that he asked Galante to intimidate his grandson-in-law, DeLuca promised that he would use his influence at the Capitol to help Galante. And DeLuca did not report a bribe that he was offered - but did not accept - by an undercover law enforcement agent purporting to be a Galante representative.
Angioletti was working at the Drug Enforcement Administration's high-security El Paso Intelligence Center in Texas in September 2004 when, he admitted, he was approached by a Galante employee who was concerned that Galante's businesses were the subject of a law enforcement investigation.
The employee, a longtime acquaintance of Angioletti, contacted Angioletti and asked him to "run his name" through a government database called the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System, according to information released by the U.S. attorney's office.
Angioletti later informed the unidentified Galante employee that his name did not appear in the database, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.
Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen B. Burns ordered Angioletti to be sentenced on Nov. 9.
Contact Edmund H. Mahony at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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