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John Alite

John Edward Alite also known as Johnny Alletto is an American FBI informant. He was an associate of the Gambino crime family and John A. Gotti from 1988-1991. John Alite became a confidential informant for the FBI to avoid a lengthy jail sentence for kidnapping.

Early life

Alite was born on September 30, 1962 in Queens, New York City; his grandparents were Albanian immigrants[1] from Gjirokastër,[2] and grew up in Woodhaven, Queens. In 2009, his ex-wife Carol complained, while testifying in court, that Atile owed her money in child support for his two children; he later married Claudia DiPippa.[3][4]

Meeting Gotti

Alite and Gotti met when Gotti and his crew were extorting Alite because he was drug dealing on Gambino turf.

Alite became a valet in Tampa, Florida. Authorities said Alite alleged he had mob ties to threaten and intimidate others in the Tampa valet business and overstating his relationship with Gotti and the Gambino's.[5] Prosecutors, and Alite, also say that he also arranged for the purchase of Mirage, a Tampa nightclub.[6]

In 1995, Charles Carneglia and Alite were involved in a major conspiracy to murder John A. Gotti.[7] Later that year, Alite was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm in violation of a parole agreement and spent three years in prison. After his release, Alite earned an additional three months back in prison for acting as a go-between for corrupt prison guard Troy Kemmerer who was smuggling sperm donation kits in and out of Allenwood Federal Prison for inmate Antonino Parlavecchio, who was trying to impregnate his wife Maria.[8]

As federal racketeering indictments were handed down for his group's activities in the Tampa area, Alite fled to Rio de Janeiro in January 2004 and lived and worked in the Copacabana neighborhood, according to the Brazilian Federal Police. He lived there for 10 months before authorities arrested him. He served two years in prison in Brazil and was eventually handed over to federal authorities in Tampa, for trial in 2006.[9]

Government informant

In 2006, Alite came forward to take the stand and end his confidential status with the government in order to be extradited out of a Brazilian jail. Alite agreed to testify in the trial of Gambino family enforcer Charles Carneglia.[10]

Federal prosecutors made him a witness in their unsuccessful racketeering trial against Gotti after being caught in a series of lies on the stand. Prosecutors charged that Gotti ordered the murders of George Grosso and Bruce Gotterup, who prosecutors said were part of the drug ring Gotti operated in Queens. Alite's testimony was largely undermined during cross examination[11] After 11 days of deliberations, the jury sent word that they were deadlocked and Judge P. Kevin Castel declared a mistrial. Interviewed after the trial, jurors said that they had not trusted Alite.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ "About John Alite". The Official Website of John Alite. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  2. ^ "John Alite në Kosovë: Do formoja ushtrinë time, sikur ta dija që shqiptarët janë kaq trima". Top Channel. Retrieved 14 June 2018. "John Alite, shqiptari me origjinë nga Gjirokastra, i lindur dhe i rritur në Queens të NYC, nga i biri i një taksisti"
  3. ^ "Mob turncoat 'cheated on wife every day'". nypost.com. October 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Graham, Kevin. "Gotti friend with Tampa ties admits role in killings, feds say". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  5. ^ Weimar, Carrie (November 7, 2006). "Witness says valet firm's rivals were scared off". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Silvestrini, Elaine (October 10, 2008). "Former Club Mirage Manager Seeks Release On Bail". Tampa Bay Online. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Mafia 'rat' planned to kill John Gotti". Telegraph. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  8. ^ Levy, Marc (April 14, 2002). "Bribery and biological clock fueled sperm smuggling ring". AP Worldstream. Retrieved October 30, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  9. ^ "Brazil hands over mob case fugitive". St. Petersburg Times. December 23, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2009.
  10. ^ "Witness causes headaches for Gotti offspring". March 3, 2009.
  11. ^ Gendar, Alison; Siemaszko, Corky (October 1, 2009). "Gotti lawyers whack away at Alite's testimony". New York Daily News.
  12. ^ Porpora, Kenny; Mcshane, Larry (December 2, 2009). "Prosecution case against Junior Gotti wasn't credible, juror says". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  13. ^ Feuer, Alan (December 1, 2009). "A 4th Mistrial in Federal Prosecution of John A. Gotti". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2011.

External links

  • Anastasia, George (2015). Gotti's Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia. NY: Harper Collins. ISBN 9780062370419.
  • Pike, S.C. (2018). Darkest Hour: John Alite: Former Mafia Enforcer for John Gotti & The Gambino Crime Family. NY: J.C. Cliff, LLC. ISBN 9780997159189.
  • Christophers, Nick; Alite, John (2019). Prison Rules. CA: Over the Edge Books. ISBN 9781944082437.