Anyone else think the Smolinski cover-up might be Mob-related?

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Comanche

Chicago, IL

#1 Sep 15, 2012
It's obvious Billy Smolinski was murdered. The Waterbury Police Department's "investigation," the suspicious deaths of key people surrounding the case, and this lawsuit judgment the ex-girlfriend won against the parents of the victim--to me, this all reeks of organized crime, which we all know runs parts of CT. Who else thinks some kind of syndicate, not necessarily a branch of the Mafia, might be able to influence all of this? The regional FBI office needs to investigate the situation.
Comanche

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 15, 2012
It's more than odd that the Waterbury Police advised Smolinski's mother to videotape the missing-person fliers being ripped down, and then when she did, she was arrested for harassment. That's sending a message, I think: get out of Waterbury or suffer the consequences.

Imagine advising a mother of her missing only son to investigate BY HERSELF who is tearing down the missing-person posters she's been putting up and then arresting her when she brings you the evidence. That is cold. And it definitely sends a message.
probably

West Hartford, CT

#3 Sep 16, 2012
of course there is a lot more to this whole story, and sadly, it may never have closure for the victims family and the guilty may never be brought to justice.
Comanche

Chicago, IL

#4 Sep 17, 2012
Aren't the good citizens of Waterbury tired of having their town run by thugs? What if it's your son who is "disappeared" next time and you have to go to the Waterbury police to ask for help? God help you.
Comanche

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 17, 2012
probably wrote:
of course there is a lot more to this whole story, and sadly, it may never have closure for the victims family and the guilty may never be brought to justice.
Yes, quite possibly Billy's body will never be found. And quite possibly no one will ever be brought to justice for his murder.

Since: Aug 12

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#6 Sep 17, 2012
GREASY MAFIA PIGS ALL OVER WATERBURY CITY GOVERNMENT:

Waterbury Corruption Case Is Moving Forward Again
By STACEY STOWE

Published: March 10, 2005

WATERBURY, Conn., March 9 - When federal investigators installed phone taps in the office of Mayor Philip A. Giordano of Waterbury four years ago, they anticipated an earful of evidence involving the awarding of city contracts in exchange for campaign contributions. Instead, they overheard Mr. Giordano arranging sexual liaisons with two little girls.


The corruption probe swiftly changed into an investigation of child sexual abuse, but not before Mr. Giordano agreed to secretly record conversations with two city contractors and a city official after federal agents confronted him with their evidence that he had sought sex with children. Over the next three days before his arrest in July 2001, Mr. Giordano supplied enough evidence for federal officials to obtain 13 search warrants in their public corruption investigation.

In June 2003, a jury convicted Mr. Giordano of using his mayoral power to have repeated oral sex with two girls, then 8 and 10. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison and still faces state charges. But he was not prosecuted on any corruption charges. The case federal agents had once so vigorously pursued appeared stalled.

Yet there are signs that it is now moving forward. Since December, two companies and one person have entered guilty pleas in connection with defrauding the city or making illegal donations to Mr. Giordano's failed Senate campaign. A fourth, Michael E. Watts, is expected to plead guilty in Federal District Court in Bridgeport on Thursday to a charge of "aiding and abetting illegal corporate political contributions" to Mr. Giordano's campaign, Richard Brown, Mr. Watts's lawyer, confirmed.

Mr. Watts was a senior vice president at Arthur A. Watson & Company, a Wethersfield, Conn., insurance firm that pleaded guilty in December to making illegal donations to Mr. Giordano's campaign. Five of its employees and their spouses each contributed $1,000 to the campaign, but four were reimbursed by the company in payments disguised as commissions or salaries, according to federal prosecutors.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#7 Sep 17, 2012
Last month, a Waterbury city official pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, income tax fraud and violating federal campaign finance laws. The official, Thomas M. Ariola Jr., was city budget director from 1996 to 2001, and until last month, the chief fiscal officer of the city's Board of Education. He was also deputy treasurer of Mr. Giordano's Senate campaign. In that post, he admitted that he had collected political donations in exchange for continuing a $100,000 city contract for street sweeping.

In January, a Naugatuck company admitted to paying a $4,000 bribe in exchange for a Waterbury school boiler contract. During his trial, Mr. Giordano said he had hired the company, Saracco Heating and Air Conditioning, after he had consulted with Joseph Pontoriero, the president of Worth Construction Company of Bethel, Conn. Mr. Pontoriero, of Greenwich, Conn., was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1987 trial of Anthony Salerno, a boss of the Genovese crime family.

On the witness stand, Mr. Giordano admitted that he had accepted cash, suits and shoes from a local contractor, whom he identified as Joe. The contractor, he said, was seeking city business and agreed to pay off a $25,000 debt left over from Mr. Giordano's Senate campaign. Mr. Giordano testified that he did not report the money or clothing on his income tax return. He also said he did not give the contractor any special treatment.

From 1996 to 2001, when Mr. Giordano was mayor, Worth obtained a contract for $90.75 million to upgrade the city sewer plant, dog pound and transfer station, according to documents in the office of the city's corporation counsel. Mr. Watts was listed as the insurance broker on the contract, which was signed by him and Mr. Pontoriero.

It was the mayor's relationship with Mr. Pontoriero that federal investigators were examining when they caught Mr. Giordano in the sex scandal. Three days before he was arrested, Mr. Giordano twice visited Mr. Pontoriero wearing a concealed wire. Mr. Pontoriero's lawyer, J. Daniel Sagarin, did not return two recent phone calls.

Andrew S. Bowman, who represents Mr. Giordano and is appealing his federal sentence, said his client "does not currently face any corruption charges." Peter S. Jongbloed, the assistant United States attorney who prosecuted Mr. Giordano, declined to comment.

But in Waterbury, residents had plenty to say about more scandal in this close-knit but hardscrabble city.

"We're just shellshocked," said Ede Reynolds, who owns a used book store on Grand Street, steps from City Hall. "Just when we stopped thinking about it, it's back."

Mr. Giordano is not the city's first elected figure to go from political office to jail. In the 1930's, Mayor T. Frank Hayes was convicted on charges of stealing $1 million from the city. In 1988, Mayor Edward Bergin was charged with taking a bribe in exchange for a towing contract; he was acquitted three years later. Former Mayor Joseph Santopietro of Waterbury served six years in prison after being convicted in 1992 with six associates for taking kickbacks.

Most recently, former Gov. John G. Rowland, the city's most famous native son, pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#8 Sep 17, 2012
Last month, a Waterbury city official pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, income tax fraud and violating federal campaign finance laws. The official, Thomas M. Ariola Jr., was city budget director from 1996 to 2001, and until last month, the chief fiscal officer of the city's Board of Education. He was also deputy treasurer of Mr. Giordano's Senate campaign. In that post, he admitted that he had collected political donations in exchange for continuing a $100,000 city contract for street sweeping.

In January, a Naugatuck company admitted to paying a $4,000 bribe in exchange for a Waterbury school boiler contract. During his trial, Mr. Giordano said he had hired the company, Saracco Heating and Air Conditioning, after he had consulted with Joseph Pontoriero, the president of Worth Construction Company of Bethel, Conn. Mr. Pontoriero, of Greenwich, Conn., was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1987 trial of Anthony Salerno, a boss of the Genovese crime family.

On the witness stand, Mr. Giordano admitted that he had accepted cash, suits and shoes from a local contractor, whom he identified as Joe. The contractor, he said, was seeking city business and agreed to pay off a $25,000 debt left over from Mr. Giordano's Senate campaign. Mr. Giordano testified that he did not report the money or clothing on his income tax return. He also said he did not give the contractor any special treatment.

From 1996 to 2001, when Mr. Giordano was mayor, Worth obtained a contract for $90.75 million to upgrade the city sewer plant, dog pound and transfer station, according to documents in the office of the city's corporation counsel. Mr. Watts was listed as the insurance broker on the contract, which was signed by him and Mr. Pontoriero.

It was the mayor's relationship with Mr. Pontoriero that federal investigators were examining when they caught Mr. Giordano in the sex scandal. Three days before he was arrested, Mr. Giordano twice visited Mr. Pontoriero wearing a concealed wire. Mr. Pontoriero's lawyer, J. Daniel Sagarin, did not return two recent phone calls.

Andrew S. Bowman, who represents Mr. Giordano and is appealing his federal sentence, said his client "does not currently face any corruption charges." Peter S. Jongbloed, the assistant United States attorney who prosecuted Mr. Giordano, declined to comment.

But in Waterbury, residents had plenty to say about more scandal in this close-knit but hardscrabble city.

"We're just shellshocked," said Ede Reynolds, who owns a used book store on Grand Street, steps from City Hall. "Just when we stopped thinking about it, it's back."

Mr. Giordano is not the city's first elected figure to go from political office to jail. In the 1930's, Mayor T. Frank Hayes was convicted on charges of stealing $1 million from the city. In 1988, Mayor Edward Bergin was charged with taking a bribe in exchange for a towing contract; he was acquitted three years later. Former Mayor Joseph Santopietro of Waterbury served six years in prison after being convicted in 1992 with six associates for taking kickbacks.

Most recently, former Gov. John G. Rowland, the city's most famous native son, pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge.
Comanche wrote:
Aren't the good citizens of Waterbury tired of having their town run by thugs? What if it's your son who is "disappeared" next time and you have to go to the Waterbury police to ask for help? God help you.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#9 Sep 17, 2012
The FBI needs to come back and finish cleaning house. They left some roaches scurrying around Waterbury.
Vivi

Salt Lake City, UT

#10 Dec 24, 2012
Billy Smolinski got fed up and walked out of his life. His parents harassed his ex-girlfriend horribly, and got sued for it.
No conspiracies, no mafia, nothing but a guy leaving his problems and parents who want him to be dead.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#11 Feb 19, 2013
Vivian, you are a crazy bitch.
Vivi wrote:
Billy Smolinski got fed up and walked out of his life. His parents harassed his ex-girlfriend horribly, and got sued for it.
No conspiracies, no mafia, nothing but a guy leaving his problems and parents who want him to be dead.
Anili

Layton, UT

#13 Mar 23, 2013
Mafia? That's totally ridiculous!
RichieRich

New Haven, CT

#14 May 7, 2014
Mrs Ellingson needs a giant helping of STFU and so does dirty lowdown nasty Madeleine Gleason. Maybe they can share one.Nah. They each deserve their own.
RichieRich

New Haven, CT

#15 May 7, 2014
Anili wrote:
Mafia? That's totally ridiculous!
No, you're ridiculous vivian
John Mckellan

Reading, MA

#16 May 8, 2014
Waterbury's history is filled with corruption. That had nothing to do with this. This was just a kid tired of terrible parents who wanted out. He's on a beach in the keys right now. His parents want him to be dead because they're idiots.
RichieRich

New Haven, CT

#17 May 8, 2014
The only one who wanted him dead was the jizzjuggling hag he broke up with named Madeleine .

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