Records, Riccardo Cefalú (1927 – 2020)

T. McElwee filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Due June 3, 2021
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


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 Riccardo Cefalú, a known drug trafficker and member/associate of organized crime in New York.

The name and identifying information are as follows:

Full name: Riccardo Cefalú
Aliases: "Richie" "Richard""Ricky"
Date of Birth: May 1927
Bureau of Prisons listed Register Number: 14716-053

Cefalu's death was reported in 2020; see attached PDF for proof. Privacy concerns recognized under FOIA Exemptions 6 and 7(C) as well as the Privacy Act are diminished post mortem. Attached, please also find a 1981 NY Times article, for reference and to speak to the public interest in Cefalú's case as a defendant in the so-called "Sicilian Connection" case.

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.


T. McElwee

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From: T. McElwee

re: FOIPA Request No.: 1496164-000 Subject: CEFALU, RICCARDO

I am still interested in having the above mentioned FOIPA request processed. Please continue processing without reducing scope.


From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Morning T. McElwee,

Thank you for the email confirmation concerning the scope reduction of this request. We have noted that you are still interested in the potentially responsive documents at this time.

We will move forward with processing without reducing the scope of this request.

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