FBI Sued Over Negligence In 1994 Shooting By Informant

Law360, New York (October 20, 2017, 7:19 PM EDT) -- The FBI is to blame for the 1994 murder of a man shot in a case of mistaken identity because the agency failed to properly monitor the illegal activities of its cooperating witnesses, according to a suit filed Friday in Massachusetts federal court.

Michael Romano’s ex-wife Michelle O’Neill and his children said he was killed as part of a conspiracy by informants Mark Rossetti and Stephen Flemmi and their criminal associate Frank Salemme, who mistakenly identified Romano as their intended target, Enrico Ponzo. FBI agents failed to follow “proper procedures” when selecting and monitoring their informants, allowing the murder to occur,...

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