What new in gambling news? Information was presented that the Montreal Mafia put together a fund of several million dollars to support the cost of their defense and bribe specific police officers. The police officers were to be paid a certain amount to give false testimony in court. This was according to Nicolo’s case summary.
On November 16, 2016, defense attorney Gerardo Nicolo went to court to initiate the sentencing stage of his case claiming that he attempted to buy off a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer to pass on certain information to the Montreal Mafia including its leader Giuseppe De Vito. Giuseppe De Vito passed away in 2013.
Six leaders were arrested from the Rizzuto organization as well as many other individuals of the Mafia due to an RCMP investigation known as Project Colisee. This Crime Family was known for loan sharking, extortion, murder, gambling, drug trafficking and racketeering. Ten years of studying De Vito provided information that there were some officers working for him. This led to the surveillance of attorney Nicolo.
Nicolo’s routine involved leaving his son at College Regina Assumpta in Ahuntsic and exercising at the gym. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police dispatched an agent that was undercover who posed as a disgruntled Mountie from Moncton, N.B., who supposedly was in trouble for accessing a police database looking for a license plate without authorization. At this point, the undercover Mountie, wearing clothing that carried the RCMP patches, began using the gym facilities as if he were a member.
Back in January 2008, Nicolo began talking with the undercover Mountie at the gym after seeing the RCMP patches on this bag. The undercover Mountie tells Nicolo that he has just been transferred from Moncton to work on drug trafficking in Montreal. At this point, Nicolo tells the agent that he is a defense attorney that has clients that have been arrested in Project Colisee. Nicolo also tells the Mountie that he has worked for Angleo Cecere. Angleo Cecere is a civilian employee who has translated wiretaps for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and who was also arrested for passing the information on to Di Marco. Nicolo indicated that Cecere was acting on his own behalf and “his financial security was assured by De Vito”.
Nicolo and the undercover Mountie decided to meet at the Montreal courthouse on April 2008. At this point, the undercover cop indicates that he is not happy with the way the RCMP is treating him. Nicolo’s response to this is that the agent has two possible choices to remedy the situation. He can write a letter to Ottawa and ask that the RCMP step back and leave him alone or start passing the information on to the Montreal Mafia. Eventually, the undercover agent takes Nicolo’s offer to pass the information on. Nicolo lets him know that in order to get paid, he must specifically put out information on De Vito, Di Marco, and four Montreal-area bars.