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Report:  John LeBoutellier loses $18.5K
by phony POW rescue scam

 

Don't know how much to make of this story, and, I need to dig out the details.  Meanwhile, here's an article from the 10 January 2010 New York Daily News.

 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_wiseguys_take_exli_pol_for_185g_in_pow_hunt.html#ixzz0cGYUKFTA

UPDATE -- 6 DECEMBER 2010

 

 

Wiseguys take ex-pol LeBoutillier for $18.5G in scheme to rescue American POWs from Vietnam War
BY John Marzulli
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, January 8th 2010, 4:00 AM

 

An alleged errand boy for a jailed Colombo gangster was charged Thursday with scamming an ex-congressman out of $18,500 in a phony scheme to rescue American POWs.

John LeBoutillier, a wealthy blue blood Republican who was elected to Congress in 1980, has been on a personal crusade to locate dozens of U.S. prisoners of the Vietnam War he thinks are held in Belarus.

"If I was scammed, I feel betrayed," LeBoutillier told the Daily News.

LeBoutillier said he sought the help of reputed Colombo capo Frank (Frankie Blue Eyes) Sparaco, who is serving a 24-year sentence for murder and claimed he knew inmates with contacts in Eastern Europe.

Court papers allege that Charles (Charlieboy) Guiga acted as a go-between for Sparaco, retyping and correcting misspelled words in letters to LeBoutillier and collecting money for sham investigative services.

Guiga, 39, a deliveryman for a florist, was arrested at his Brooklyn home yesterday by FBI agents. He was charged with mail fraud and released on $300,000 bond. Sparaco has not been charged.

"The whole idea was to bring American POWs home, so if that's not going to happen, they have been betrayed also," LeBoutillier said.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_wiseguys_take_exli_pol_for_185g_in_
pow_hunt.html#ixzz0cGYUKFTA

UPDATE:

THIS STORY GETS MUCH BETTER!!!  As of early December 2010, it appears that LeBoutillier was ripped off to the tune of $800,000!!! 

Read about it here!!!!

An alleged errand boy for a jailed Colombo gangster was charged Thursday with scamming an ex-congressman out of $18,500 in a phony scheme to rescue American POWs.

John LeBoutillier, a wealthy blue blood Republican who was elected to Congress in 1980, has been on a personal crusade to locate dozens of U.S. prisoners of the Vietnam War he thinks are held in Belarus.

"If I was scammed, I feel betrayed," LeBoutillier told the Daily News.

LeBoutillier said he sought the help of reputed Colombo capo Frank (Frankie Blue Eyes) Sparaco, who is serving a 24-year sentence for murder and claimed he knew inmates with contacts in Eastern Europe.

Court papers allege that Charles (Charlieboy) Guiga acted as a go-between for Sparaco, retyping and correcting misspelled words in letters to LeBoutillier and collecting money for sham investigative services.

Guiga, 39, a deliveryman for a florist, was arrested at his Brooklyn home yesterday by FBI agents. He was charged with mail fraud and released on $300,000 bond. Sparaco has not been charged.

"The whole idea was to bring American POWs home, so if that's not going to happen, they have been betrayed also," LeBoutillier said.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_wiseguys_take_exli_pol_for_185g_in_pow_hunt.html#ixzz0cGYUKFTA
 

An alleged errand boy for a jailed Colombo gangster was charged Thursday with scamming an ex-congressman out of $18,500 in a phony scheme to rescue American POWs.

John LeBoutillier, a wealthy blue blood Republican who was elected to Congress in 1980, has been on a personal crusade to locate dozens of U.S. prisoners of the Vietnam War he thinks are held in Belarus.

"If I was scammed, I feel betrayed," LeBoutillier told the Daily News.

LeBoutillier said he sought the help of reputed Colombo capo Frank (Frankie Blue Eyes) Sparaco, who is serving a 24-year sentence for murder and claimed he knew inmates with contacts in Eastern Europe.

Court papers allege that Charles (Charlieboy) Guiga acted as a go-between for Sparaco, retyping and correcting misspelled words in letters to LeBoutillier and collecting money for sham investigative services.

Guiga, 39, a deliveryman for a florist, was arrested at his Brooklyn home yesterday by FBI agents. He was charged with mail fraud and released on $300,000 bond. Sparaco has not been charged.

"The whole idea was to bring American POWs home, so if that's not going to happen, they have been betrayed also," LeBoutillier said.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_wiseguys_take_exli_pol_for_185g_in_pow_hunt.html#ixzz0cGYUKFTA
 

An alleged errand boy for a jailed Colombo gangster was charged Thursday with scamming an ex-congressman out of $18,500 in a phony scheme to rescue American POWs.

John LeBoutillier, a wealthy blue blood Republican who was elected to Congress in 1980, has been on a personal crusade to locate dozens of U.S. prisoners of the Vietnam War he thinks are held in Belarus.

"If I was scammed, I feel betrayed," LeBoutillier told the Daily News.

LeBoutillier said he sought the help of reputed Colombo capo Frank (Frankie Blue Eyes) Sparaco, who is serving a 24-year sentence for murder and claimed he knew inmates with contacts in Eastern Europe.

Court papers allege that Charles (Charlieboy) Guiga acted as a go-between for Sparaco, retyping and correcting misspelled words in letters to LeBoutillier and collecting money for sham investigative services.

Guiga, 39, a deliveryman for a florist, was arrested at his Brooklyn home yesterday by FBI agents. He was charged with mail fraud and released on $300,000 bond. Sparaco has not been charged.

"The whole idea was to bring American POWs home, so if that's not going to happen, they have been betrayed also," LeBoutillier said.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_wiseguys_take_exli_pol_for_185g_in_pow_hunt.html#ixzz0cGYUKFTA
 

An alleged errand boy for a jailed Colombo gangster was charged Thursday with scamming an ex-congressman out of $18,500 in a phony scheme to rescue American POWs.

John LeBoutillier, a wealthy blue blood Republican who was elected to Congress in 1980, has been on a personal crusade to locate dozens of U.S. prisoners of the Vietnam War he thinks are held in Belarus.

"If I was scammed, I feel betrayed," LeBoutillier told the Daily News.

LeBoutillier said he sought the help of reputed Colombo capo Frank (Frankie Blue Eyes) Sparaco, who is serving a 24-year sentence for murder and claimed he knew inmates with contacts in Eastern Europe.

Court papers allege that Charles (Charlieboy) Guiga acted as a go-between for Sparaco, retyping and correcting misspelled words in letters to LeBoutillier and collecting money for sham investigative services.

Guiga, 39, a deliveryman for a florist, was arrested at his Brooklyn home yesterday by FBI agents. He was charged with mail fraud and released on $300,000 bond. Sparaco has not been charged.

"The whole idea was to bring American POWs home, so if that's not going to happen, they have been betrayed also," LeBoutillier said.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/08/2010-01-08_wiseguys_take_exli_pol_for_185g_in_pow_hunt.html#ixzz0cGYUKFTA
 

 

 

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