23 years he spent as a Massachusetts State Trooper. He died in November 1991.
On February 3, 1988, he was arrested by the FBI in a manner designed to highly embarrass him, at his office in front of his fellow troopers. (The FBI lacking class gets it kicks out of these puerile tricks like demeaning people in front of their friends, family or co-workers. We tried to treat people with dignity. Almost always if we had a warrant on a person who we did not expect to flee or be in possession of contraband, we’d ask the person to show up in court. Unlike the FBI, we thought the idea of the presumption of innocence meant something.)
Judge Mark Wolf famous for bringing to the world’s attention the unsavory connection between the FBI and Whitey had this to say about Naimovich. He was talking about the 1980 leak of information to Whitey from which he learned that the state police had a bug in the Lancaster Street garage — “Flemmi initially received information about the bug, through an associate, John Naimovitch(sic), a Massachusetts State Police Trooper.”
Wolf mentions him again in relation to an affidavit filed by a DEA agent Steve Boeri for a wiretap on Kaufman — “Massachusetts State Trooper John Naimovitch(sic), who had tipped Flemmi to the Lancaster Street Garage bug, was the source of some of the additional Title 18-related information on which Boeri relied.”
The last time Wolf mentions him is while he is still talking about the Kaufman wiretap — “It is also likely that Flemmi had access to any information known to Naimovitch(sic), who, in 1980, had alerted him to the bug at the Lancaster Street Garage, and was later convicted on charges of corruption.”
Wolf writes as if by repeating something it gains strength.
Naimovich is indicted in 1988. In 1999 Judge Wolf is finding he tipped off at least two electronic surveillance operations. Wolf used as a basis for his findings that Naimovich was corrupt two things: Flemmi said Naimovich was his source in the state police, and, Naimovich was “later convicted on charges of corruption.”
Naimovich faced a problem all cops faced — once indicted their careers are pretty much in the trash can. Did you ever hear that a cop was found innocent? Usually not, what happens is you’ll hear the talk as, “he beat the wrap” leaving the idea he did it but got away with it.
I’ve got a few questions to ask.
Why then do I say Foley is haunted by Ivan’s ghost? If Judge Wolf is right then his investigation of Naimovich took a bad cop off the force so his conscience should not bother him about that.
Do you believe that Judge Wolf who couldn’t be bothered to spell Naimovich’s name correctly could be wrong?
Why would Flemmi throw his long time informant Naimovich under the bus? It’s true Naimovich was dead over a half dozen years at the time Flemmi testified, but if he was his source these many years and a friend, as he told one FBI SAC, why speak ill of him now? Why not take the Fifth on that?
Do you think Flemmi and Naimovich communicated through some medium holding seance sessions? If Naimovich died in 1991. Flemmi’s state police source continued to provide him with information up to his arrest on January 5, 1995. In late 1994 Flemmi told Weeks he wasn’t going to flee because had his guy on top of things.
I’d like you to ponder the answers to these questions. If you’re reading this then you’ve got that ability to look beyond the surface and are seeking a better insight into what happenings during these years. Consider it like your homework to work these questions out.
I’ll get back with answers to the questions next Wednesday which is Ivan’s day. I’ll also tell why I believe the Naimovich case is important to understanding Whitey.