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Michael W. Maseth

Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

TOPIC

In July 1998, the Chicago FBI received an unsolicited letter which resulted in one of the largest RICO murder cases in the United States' history.  The letter was from Frank Calabrese, Jr., who like his father Frank Calabrese, Sr. was part of the Chicago Outfit and imprisoned in a Michigan federal prison.  After agreeing to cooperate with the FBI, Calabrese, Jr. risked his own life by recording conversations with his father.  The FBI also obtained and conducted a DNA search warrant on Calabrese, Sr.'s brother, Nick, who had been shot during the 1986 murder of John Fecarotta.  Nick had dropped a pair of bloody gloves at the Fecarotta murder scene.  As the result of a positive DNA match on the evidence from the Fecarotta murder scene, Nick began to cooperate with the FBI and provided a roadmap into the Outfit's inner workings.  Nick also provided information on numerous homicides committed by the Chicago Outfit.  As a result of Calabrese, Jr. and Nick's cooperation with the FBI, thirteen members and associates of the Outfit were charged in a comprehensive racketeering indictment, which included eighteen murders, extortion, loan sharking, gambling and income tax evasion.

BIOGRAPHY

Special Agent Michael Maseth attended Allegheny College, in Meadville Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in History in 1992.  SA Maseth then attended Capital University School of Law, in Columbus, Ohio and earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1995.  SA Maseth spent the next few years in the private practice of law in Columbus, Ohio.  In 1996, SA Maseth applied to become a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on March 1, 1998, SA Maseth entered duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and began the 16 week FBI New Agents training at the FBI Academy located in Quantico, Virginia.   In June 1998, SA Maseth graduated from the FBI Academy and was assigned to the Chicago Field Division of the FBI.  After a short time on the training squad in the Chicago Office, he was assigned to the Italian Organized Crime Squad in November 1998.  In February 1999, SA Maseth was assigned to the case which eventually became known as Operation Family Secrets.  As a result of the Operation Family Secrets investigation and trial, in 2008 SA Maseth, along with other members of the investigative team, was a recipient of the Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team from the Executive Offices of the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, DC.

In January 2010, SA Maseth was assigned to the FBI Chicago's West Resident Agency and now investigates financial crimes as well as Public Corruption matters in Chicago's Western Suburbs.  SA Maseth was as also a member of FBI Chicago's Hazardous Material Response Team from 2005-2009.

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