Carmine Persico and Jonathan Pollard are the new men in Bernie Madoff’s life. Weekend at Bernie’s it is not. Mafia head Carmine Persico and spy Jonathan Pollard now share a prison cell with Madoff.
Persico is the famous mobster, and Pollard is the 1987 convicted spy found guilty of spying for Israel. Both have life sentences. Madoff is 71 and is currently serving a 150 year prison sentence.
Persico went by the names of Junior, the Snake, and Immortal. Since the 1970s, Carmine Persico was believed to be the Boss of the Colombo family of the U.S. mafia.
In the 1960s, Persico’s division of the Colombo family was believed the most profitable. Joe Valachi, the first federal cooperator from the Cosa Nostra, testified about Persico, “Whenever business on the streets, Persico was always there.” In May of 1978, Joe Colombo’s shooting prompted the questioning of Persico, but he was set free. After that date, investigators viewed him as the Boss of the Colombo family even though Carmine Persico would intentionally rank himself as Underboss under Vinny Aloi because he knew he was under surveillance.
In 1985, he was added to the Ten Most Wanted List. Two months later, he was arrested. In the years that followed in the 1990s, the Colombo family would again get completely restructured.
Bernie Madoff, Mafia