Mobster's Girlfriend Testifies About FBI Agent's Violations

NEW YORK (AP) -- The former girlfriend of mobster-turned-FBI informant Gregory Scarpa says she has been around mobsters her whole life.

Linda Schiro has been testifying against FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio. Prosecutors say the late mobster Scarpa showered DeVecchio with gifts, including prostitutes, in exchange for confidential information. They say Scarpa used the tips about suspected rats and rivals to kill at least four people in the late 80s and early 90s.

Schiro says she saw Scarpa give DeVecchio cash, liquor and stolen jewelry. She said the FBI agent "took the jewelry and put it in his pocket."

The 62-year-old says when she started dating Scarpa at age 17, he told her he had been involved in 20 murders. She says she wasn't upset, she "was impressed."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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