This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Joseph Pistone, also known as “Donnie Brasco,” has agreed to testify as an expert witness in the inquiry probing the corruption charges of Quebec’s construction industry. He promises this Monday to offer a glance into the mob’s confidential works which are not usually brought to light openly.
Pistone is a former FBI agent who was a major part of an undercover operation lead to penetrate one of the New York’s biggest crime families. He declared his willingness of testifying in the middle of heavy police presence anonymously. He announced that "what I have to do is give you the mindset of gangsters," adding "and how they operate."
In late 1970s Pistone was assigned to infiltrate the Bonanno crime family, having a disguise as jewel thief for the sake of actually inspecting the truck robberies and other crimes of the family. His mission gained popularity when his work was turned into a famous movie starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in 1997.
Pistone brought the inquiry to light about Vito Rizzuto who was brought in from Montreal for helping in murders, a crime which ended up giving him a 10-year prison sentence. Rizzuto is schedule to be released from a Colorado prison in two weeks or so. Both the Bonanno family and Montreal’s Rizzuto family are pretty close and Pistone reassures that he is convinced that these ties still exist.
Pistone’s work has so far led to more than 200 convictions of gangsters in the New York area, Florida and Wisconsin. Pistone is now testifying at the Charbonneau inquiry, which is aimed to inspect the corruption of Quebec’s construction industry along with its possible connections to politics and organized crime in the area.