Reputed mobsters Frank Caruso, James Inendino and Peter DiFronzo were among the people the FBI considered threats to the safety of mob hitman turned federal witness Nick Calabrese.
The revelation came today during the testimony of FBI Agent Michael Maseth in the trial of deputy U.S. Marshal John Ambrose, who is on trial for allegedly leaking key details about Calabrese to the mob.
Ambrose, who guarded Calabrese as part of a security detail, has said he made a mistake by discussing information about Calabrese with a family friend but had no intention of the information making it to mobsters.
Calabrese began cooperating with the government on Jan. 15, 2002, after agents confronted him with DNA evidence linking him to a mob murder. Calabrese eventually admitted to committing 14 mob murders and provided the feds information about another 22 Outfit hits.
On Aug. 27, 2002, Calabrese was admitted into the federal Witness Protection Program while still in prison.
Government officials had to submit an application for Calabrese to be accepted into the program, and part of that application was a list of people who posed a threat to him
Among those listed were Caruso, Inendino and DiFronzo.
Caruso is a reputed mobster in the Chinatown area. His son was convicted in the notorious beating of a black youth, Lenard Clark, and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Inendino is a loanshark who was convicted in 2002 with the reputed mob boss of Cicero and the town's police chief with engaging in a kickback scheme to rip off the town.
DiFronzo is the brother of John "No Nose" DiFronzo, who Calabrese implicated in the infamous mob murders of Anthony and Michael Spilotro. DiFronzo, though, was never charged in the Family Secrets case.
--By Steve Warmbir and Frank Main