John Christopher, FBI, Tony Centracchio discussed on Reveal
John didn't have to be allowed to still have that Deng 'cause you had ammunition to use against him. What about John Christopher what happened to him? When the whole thing broke when operation silver shovel was revealed. Well, even though John Christopher had agreed to where wire for the FBI and had become the centerpiece of this major undercover investigation his participation was not actually like a get out of jail free card. He did not have a deal with the FBI for full immunity, so FBI agent. Jim Davis told me that at the beginning of the investigation. He had worn John Christopher not to do anything illegal that wasn't part of the investigation. And I would just try and reassure them and say, look, if you're straight with us, you know, if you continue to do what we're asking you to do if you know, if you stay out of trouble, you're gonna be okay. But John Christopher did not hold up his end of the bargain while the. Investigation was going on while he was cooperating with the FBI. He was still committing other crimes and he went behind the bureau's back in other ways. So for example, at the same time operation silver shovel was going on the FBI was also looking into this illegal gambling operation run by an alleged mob. Boss named Tony Centracchio journ referred to move, his uncle, Tony. And that was a problem for me because we had aware Tony. The wire was a video camera hidden in the ceiling of Tony Centracchio office. And every time John went into see him. We were recording John in primarily criminal conversations, which was adding to the mounting evidence that we're going to have to present against him at the end of this case, it's not totally clear. What John Christopher was doing there because he was never charged in this a legal gambling case but him showing up on. Another investigations wire meet things really complicated for Jim Davis and his fellow agents. I would've liked to have said John stay away from uncle Tony's office. But I can't tell John that we have a a wire Tony's office. John Christopher also neglected to file his federal income tax returns in nineteen ninety two and ninety three. I know it seems so mundane, but ultimately this is why he went to prison. John Christopher was sentenced to thirty nine months in prison. But he was never forced to clean up the dumps or provide restitution to anyone in north Lonsdale. And then after he got out of prison he disappeared again. Maybe for good this time. You mean he's been going for like twenty years. Nobody knows where he is. Did you try and track him down? Yeah. I've been looking for John Christopher for almost three years trying to figure out what happened to him after he got out of prison. Because he co-operated with the FBI he could not safely return to his old life or even be in Chicago without FBI protection. So I looked for him everywhere. I could think of and allied just I found nothing. Eventually I learned the FBI had set him up with a new name and a new social security number and a new life. And that there was this FBI agent in Saint Louis who might have all that information. So I asked if he would talk to me, and if not if he would pass John Christopher a message for me. And this was the response. I got from the B public information officer. Hi, Robyn, it's Rebecca we ESPN Saint Louis. I spoke with the ancient. And he says, I appreciate I guess empathy for the source, but not surprisingly, she declined to participate. Again, he says that it is his responsibility to protect his source, and that he hopes that you understand that. So. Thank you very much and let me know giving questions by. Even after all this time, it appears that the FBI is still protecting John Christopher what about all the trash. He left behind the dump itself. What happened to it? Well, when the feds washed their hands of this problem and said by by Chicago, and with all the intense public scrutiny and the national media coverage that operation silver shovel had garnered the city finally stepped in and started awarding contracts to companies who could haul all this rubble away. Remember the law were mount Henry once stood spanned twenty one acres and the mountain itself was six stories tall. So these cleanup contracts, we're going to be really big and really lucrative. The cleanup had just started in January nineteen ninety six when.