Steve Corso helped catch the Mafia Cops, but failed to catch a break in court this week.
Corso, the controversial accountant who went undercover for the FBI and helped close the Mafia Cops and several other criminal investigations, failed in an appeal to delay his 366-day prison sentence, which is set to start next month.
Corso was a high-rolling Las Vegas gambler whose addiction to the action was at the heart of his manipulation of his clients’ money. His conviction was related to defrauding his insured clients.
That means Corso will likely not be used as a prosecution witness in the pending drug cases against Anthony Eppolito and Guido Bravatti, two important bit players in the FBI and DEA investigation of former NYPD detectives Louie Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, who were sentenced earlier this year for betraying their badges and acting as hitmen and informants for the Lucchese crime family.
I am guessing that this puts the local drug case in jeopardy.
Why is that important?
For starters, the drug case involving Eppolito’s son and Bravatti was essential to historical component of the government’s racketeering theory: That many years after their retirement the elder Eppolito and Caracappa were continuing to act criminally. Corso recorded the ex-cops enlisting the criminal services of the younger men, who later met with the informant and offered to provide him not only drugs, but guns as well.
If Anthony Eppolito and Bravatti beat their charges – and neither has a serious criminal record -- you’ll not only hear laughter on the back streets of Las Vegas, but the cackles will echo all the way to the federal prison where the Mafia Cops currently reside.
If they wind up walking, will that give the Mafia Cops new hope for a successful appeal?