Federal prosecutor Joseph Soviero allegedly divulged that heroin trafficker Christoforo Rubino had become a cooperating witness against the Mafia which got Rubino whacked and made Soviero $15,000 all courtesy of Vito Genovese as detailed in a prior post.
Rubino was whacked on July 18, 1958, and Soviero resigned his AUSA position for the Eastern District of New York less than two months later on September 12.
Notwithstanding the questionable circumstances by which Soviero left the EDNY he readily had secured another position with New York State Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz, and an October 24, 1958 FBI report from the New York field office to Director J. Edgar Hoover alleged that Soviero was raising campaign funds from his mobster friends for Lefkowitz:
[Redacted] advised that he had a conversation with ERNIE DE VITO, a Brooklyn combination man who told him that JOHN MONTANA had been in Brooklyn during the past week and that he saw JOSEPH PROFACI, TUNIO INDELICATO ("the old man" of the Sicilian group at 90 Elizabeth St.), and other unnamed members of the underworld, and also JOSEPH SOVIERO, former AUSA, EDNY. According to the informant, the purpose of the gathering was to raise money for the election of LOUIS LEFKOWITZ who is presently running for re-election to the office of Attorney General of NY State.
Other FBI reports included allegations from separate informants that Lefkowitz had mob ties. For example, "T-14 advised on January 9, 1957, [redacted] LaSalle Music Company, a jukebox rental concern, New York City, who is known to the New York Office as an underworld fixer, had regular contact with New York State Attorney General LOUIS J. LEFKOWITZ." According to a 1970 document from the New York State Liquor Authority, LaSalle Music Company "was controlled by one Francis Breheney, alias 'Kurt' and 'the Irishman'":
The New York City Police Department has informed the Authority that Breheney has a criminal record including arrests for homicide, felonious assaults, grand larcenies, burglaries and coercion; that Breheney was formerly associated with Dutch Schultz, Jimmy Hines, Frank Erickson, Joseph "Socks" Lanza, and Irving Sherman; and that Breheney's associations also include Frank Costello, Harry "Champ" Seigel, and Vincent "Blue Eyes" Alo, who has been convicted for armed robbery. * * * Breheney is believed to be presently involved in loan shark and gambling operations in New York City.
Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz also was "bosom pals" with Genovese mobster Nicholas Rattenni according to an informant's allegations in a 12/24/58 FBI weekly report from the New York Field Office to Director Hoover:
[Redacted] advised on 12/23/58 that NICHOLAS RATTENNI and LOUIS LEFKOWITZ, NY State AG, are "bosom pals" and that the reported investigation of LEFKOWITZ into RATTENNI'S carting business is nothing but a "sham battle."
Informant stated that the Federal investigative agencies' interest in RATTENNI is forcing LEFKOWITZ to keep his investigation into RATTENNI in a pending status.
According to informant, if the Federal Government ceases its interest in RATTENNI, LEFKOWITZ will immediately drop his investigation of the carting business and his alleged interest in RATTENNI.
Lefkowitz was New York's longest-serving Attorney General -- he held the post for 22 years from 1957 through 1978 -- and died in June 1996. Before Lefkowitz became Attorney General he was the go-to liquor lawyer in New York for applicants and licensees before the Liquor Authority. Lefkowitz's law partner Hyman Siegel later was convicted of bribing SLA officials, and Al Scotti, then head of the New York District Attorney's Rackets Bureau, reportedly said that he also had a solid case against Lefkowitz: "I had Lefkowitz in the palm of my hand, but the statute of limitations ran out." The building which now houses the Manhattan District Attorney's Office at 80 Centre Street in New York City is named the Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building.