How a Jewish-born NYPD detective went undercover as a mobster to help take down Bonanno, Luchese gun ring

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – GRAHAM RAYMAN

It was the acting job of a lifetime, but you won’t see his name on a marquee.

For nearly three years from 1999 into 2002, a Jewish-born NYPD detective raised in Flushing posed as an Italian mobster moving between two factions of the Bonanno and Luchese crime families.

He took on the persona of Vincent Spinelli, a dangerous truck hijacker and gun-runner with a warehouse full of swag. He wore gold watches and drove a Mercedes.

After the indictments came down in those cases, Spinelli switched gears entirely and joined the elite Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2002 under his real name.

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