Frank LoCascio the former consigliere of the Gambino crime family is suing the government for the release of wiretap recordings that prove his innocents in a 1990 mafia hit.
LoCascio was convicted along with boss John Gotti back in 1992 on various charges, including conspiring in the murder of fellow Gambino family mobster Louis DiBono. The aging mobster is currently serving a life sentence in Devens, Mass. At the Federal Medical Center but thinks some new technology could set him free.
Frank “Frankie Loc” LoCascio
Part of the evidence used by the government was secret recordings of conversations between Gotti and members of the Gambino family including Franky Loc. One of the conversations recorded took place at the Ravenite social club on Dec. 12, 1989 capturing Gotti speaking about his plans to whack DiBono. According to Frankie Loc he was at that meeting and made statements opposing killing DiBono but his statements on the recordings were marked in the transcripts as inaudible.
This conversation was played by prosecutors along with another recorded on March 28, 1990 from the Ravenite club that predated DiBono’s murder by a few months which LoCascio was not part of. New technology may allow for the parts deemed inaudible by the government to be more fully deciphered and possibly prove LoCascio’s innocence in the murder of DiBono. A request was filed a year ago for the 644 audio reels of the conversations using the Freedom of Information Act, which was denied by the feds citing a law enforcement records exemption.
Defense attorney’s filed an appeal that was rejected by the FBI and Justice Department in April. The idea that these 26 year old recordings could be part of any ongoing investigation was called ludicrous by Frankie Loc as everyone included in the recordings are either now deceased or incarcerated. The former New York mafia leader wants a judge to order the audio tapes to be released especially the recordings from Nov. 30, 1989 and Dec. 12,1989.