John "Sonny" Franzese (February 6, 1917 – February 20, 2020)

T. McElwee filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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1461413-000

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From: T. McElwee


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning John Franzese, alias "Sonny", an upper-echelon administration member of the Colombo organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (LCN). Franzese's membership dates back to the period when the group was referred to as the Profaci organized crime family.

Franzese is widely reported deceased on February 20, 2020; as his birthdate is over 100 years ago, no proof of death is required, however a report in PDF format is attached as a courtesy. As subject is deceased, privacy concerns under FOIA Exception 6 and 7 and the Privacy Act have been diminished.

For the sake of identifying records, Franzese's listed date of birth was February 6, 1917; his last known register number as listed by BOP Inmate Locator was 70022-158.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the ELSUR Records System, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies.

If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that the Bureau has no other copies of said records.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

T. McElwee

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From: T. McElwee

To whom it may concern:

Regarding my FOIA request (assigned number 1461413-000), you state that 171 pages were enclosed. In fact, I have not received them and request them forthwith.

I reserve the right to appeal further if and when I receive the 171 pages.

-TM

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: T. McElwee

Re: FOIPA Request # 1461413-000 (Subject: John "Sonny" Franzese)
To: Work Process Unit
From: T. McElwee

Regarding the above captioned FOIPA Request, I received previously processed matter on March 3, 2020. This is appreciated but not sufficient. My request for a search and return of responsive material stands.

To recap, this request was (and remains) for: Records relating to or mentioning John Franzese, alias "Sonny", an upper-echelon administration member of the Colombo organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (LCN).

Please refer to the initial request for the search parameters and material of use for a search (birthdate and BOP Inmate number) remain.

I wish to add that upon information and belief, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics of the US Treasury Department compiled a dossier on John Franzese approximately 1963. It notes that Franzese had an FBI #3400301 and NYPD #B164829. This dossier is attached herein as a finding aid.

The source is from the 2007 publication of the Harper Collins book entitled "Mafia : the government's secret file on organized crime." The LCCN Permalink for this book is https://lccn.loc.gov/2007062025.

The continued cooperation of the Bureau and its staff are greatly appreciated.

-TM

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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