The trooper a straight shooter was flabbergasted. Under pressure knowing he had nothing to do with this false accusation he sweated a bit. After getting him thoroughly upset he was asked if he told anyone else about the information. This, of course, the FBI agents knew all along because they had arranged through the state police captain for him to tell this trooper to give Naimovich the same information. Asked who he might have told, the trooper remembered that the captain had told him to tell Naimovich.
The finger was then on pointed at Naimovich. The trooper happy to be relieved of being under suspicion was determined to nail him. The state police started their investigation.
The were coming up with nothing. Naimovich was working with me at the time. Some time later Agent Ring would tell them they found the leak. It was a secretary in their office. They insisted however that the investigation against Naimovich continue. Surprisingly, without having a reason to do so, the state police followed the FBI dictates. Never had I heard of starting an investigation of a person for a specific crime, discovering the person did not do it, but continuing the investigation to find something the person may have done.
To make a very long involved story short, the FBI did a wiretap on one of Naimovich’s informants who was also a bookie. This was an extraordinary action. The FBI never did wiretaps on local bookies unless it was part of a greater operation. This was another first.
Obviously Naimovich was intercepted talking to him when reaching out for an information. The FBI then arrested the informant. It pressed him for dirt on Naimovich which the informant said he didn’t have. The next day the informant was brought to Jeremiah O’Sullivan who told him he was going away for a long time, he would lose all his assets, his wife and kids would be on the street, unless he gave them information on Naimovich.
A couple of days later the informant came up with a good story which when presented to a grand jury resulted in Naimovich’s indictment and arrest. With Naimovich out of action my investigation into these guys which very well could have led to Whitey (we were on the telephone of and had a bug in the office of Abe Sarkas a top organize crime figure) came to a screaming halt.
Connolly fits nicely into this being part of the unit that started the investigation of Naimovich. He would have known through his contacts with Whitey and Flemmi that Naimovich was not a leak. He kept quiet and even testified at Naimovich’s jury trial against him before Judge Joseph Tauro, the same judge he would stand trial before a dozen years later. Naimovich was acquitted of the substantive charges against him, not a frequent happening in federal court.
Later Flemmi would testified before Judge Mark Wolf that Naimovich was his informant. At that time Naimovich had passed away. Unfortunately Judge Wolf in his wisdom believed Flemmi’s falsehood. It would later be discovered when Weeks turned state’s evidence that the state cop giving Flemmi information was Dick Schneiderhan.
It is difficult not to conclude Ring, Connolly, and others in his unit, some of whom had received gifts from and dined with Whitey and Stevie, brought about this prosecution to protect those two men they knew as top-level gangsters who had murdered people. They would do that so that Whitey and Stevie would be saved some money and protected from being caught. They were indifferent to the fate of Naimovich who faced a trial where if convicted he could very well have spent double figures in a federal prison.
Connolly was at best indifferent to the peril facing Naimovich an innocent state trooper. Naimovich had done great work in going after gaming organizations. He worked undercover in one operation that ended with John Martorano going to jail. He lived a modest life and loved his work. A robust man turned into a shell of himself within a year or so after his acquittal. He refused to take a pension. He would die in his early fifties around two years after being put through this ordeal.