Fino's Fight: Cleaning Up Magaddino's Corrupt Union

Ronald Fino, Moscow, 2005.
Here is Alexandra Forry's interview with Ronald Fino, a native of Buffalo, New York, who worked as an undercover operative for both the FBI and CIA. He's testified before Congress regarding Mafia control and corruption in the Laborers' International Union, as well as the Russian mafia and the illegal shipments of weapons to terrorist organizations, and has also testified in numerous organized crime cases in Cleveland, Buffalo, New York, Newark, Las Vegas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Canada. He now works as a private investigator based in Williamsburg, Va.

Conversation with Ronald Fino | Alexandra Forry ~ Putting Timeless into Romance:

Reading your book was such a fascinated read, about your life as the heir to the Buffalo mafia’s throne that turned his back to fight for the rights of American Justice. This book reads like a thriller movie as he walks along on a dangers path between good and evil. Could you sum up what you did so my reader can under you story?

I was never the heir to the throne. I was born in Buffalo, New York. My father Joe rose through the ranks of the Buffalo Mafia under long-time mob boss Stefano Magaddino, attaining the rank of captain, overseeing his own crew.I joined the corrupt Laborers’ Local 210, controlled by Magaddino, and after years of experiencing the corruption up close, I decided to run for business manager and clean up the union. After an overly successful election, I found that the power did not lie with the union, but powerful members of the Buffalo Mafia.

Not long after I made the dangerous decision to become a contract employee for the FBI and for 17 years reported everything he learned about the Buffalo Mafia back to them. I have been around the world three times, and seen and heard more than most could only imagine, I have had his cover nearly compromised numerous times.

I have taught at FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, the CIA in McClain VA, worked in Moscow, Russia, Toronto, Ontario, Washington. DC, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Buffalo, NY.

The threat from Russian organized crime in the United States has been a major concern for sometime. Most would agree that increased organized crime activity is widespread and rapidly growing. Its ability to change methods of operations creates a difficult challenge for law enforcement and society as a whole.

Russian organized crime (ROC) is increasingly complicated to investigate. The crimes are committed after careful planning and involve several Russian criminal groups and networks and include people forced to support the criminal activity. They have no limitations or boundaries and you will find Russian organized crime benefiting from the sales of fruit juice to supplying terrorist with weaponry.

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