I talked to a person over the weekend who told me she was confused about the significance of John Naimovich. I recognized that many people may not see the connection between Naimovich and the Whitey Bulger incidents. I’ll try to make it clear here and as I go along to more fully explore this matter.
Naimovich was a state trooper for 23 years. He worked in the special state police unit, the SSU for over half of that time probably from 1974 to 1988. He was very effective in leading the wiretapping operations of that unit against bookies and organized crime figure. Prior to joining the SSU he worked undercover running a gaming office in an organization run by Johnny Martorano, who will testify against Whitey. No one who worked with him over this period of time doubted his honesty.
I had my own personal experience with Naimovich. Before meeting him I had heard local cops talking about him in a derogatory manner. He was not well liked. I had a very unfavorable opinion of him.
I met him in the summer of 1977. I kept a close eye on him. In August 1977 Naimovich and the SSU worked on wiretaps with me. The evidence from those wiretaps led to the indictment of top bookies Richard Wilgoren, Bernard Weisman, Melvin Berger and Irving Rothstein. We also observed a meeting between Berger and Abe Sarkis, reputed to be a partner of the number two guy in the Boston Mafia, Larry Zannino and himself the head of a major gaming ring.
In March 1978 Naimovich and the SSU again worked on wiretaps with me. This time we indicted Joseph Yerardi (Martorano’s main man), James Katz (a bookie the feds flipped against Whitey) and Eddie Lewis.
After a few years of operating in other counties taking down gaming rings Naimovich came back to Norfolk. Beginning in early 1987 we started another gaming investigation. The first wiretap was on May 19 in Plainville. We then jumped on June 23 to Mansfield. On July 6 we moved to Walpole. On August 10 to Sharon. On September 22 to Dedham. Each move we slowly climbed the ladder of this gaming group. On October 24 we had a tap on Abie Sarkis’s home telephone in Milton, on November 1 on Mel Berger’s phone in Newton and on November 24 on Sarkis’s office in Dedham.
During these moves we executed 26 search warrants and had six days of grand jury hearings. We had again hit James Katz and another high level bookie Desotell who worked for Joey Yerardi and many others.
I point this out because if Naimovich was corrupt in any manner we would never have done these things. One leak from inside our team would have shut down all of these operations which were run both by the Mafia and Whitey’s groups.
Yet, at the time Naimovich was leading these operations in 1987, the state police who were supposed to be helping us on these investigations were investigating Naimovich with the help of the FBI.
The reason why the FBI got the state police to investigate Naimovich was that he had leaked specific information to the Mafia. When the FBI discovered that leak came from a secretary in its office it did not stop the investigation of Naimovich. Nor did it tell the state police it had discovered the source of the leak.
Why would the FBI continue to investigate a trooper who previously was above suspicion when the initial reason for the investigation collapsed? Why did it not tell the state police that the reason for their investigation no longer existed? It’s like you being accused of robbing a bank but then someone else confesses and the cops decide to continue to investigate you hoping to find or manufacture something or another.
And as I mentioned before, why did it later accuse Naimovich of compromising its investigations when they weren’t compromised?
These are a few of the questions that suggest there was something else behind the investigation of Naimovich.
Some others questions are was it a coincidence that the FBI agents involved in the investigation of Naimovich had received gifts from Whitey or had dined with him courtesy of John Connolly?
Why didn’t the FBI agents take an elementary step when they learned that Naimovich was in contact with a bookie Francis McIntyre to determine whether there was a relationship between them, that is, McIntrye was Naimovich’s informant, a fact known to Naimovich’s direct supervisor and his predecessor?
I’ve suggested three reasons the FBI went far off into the darkness to cause the investigation of Naimovich. If these are so then it shows the corruption ran throughout the FBI office in Boston to the point that to protect Whitey it would move against an innocent trooper.