Infamous Mafia Hit Man Tells How He Rebuilt Identity In Witness Protection Program

Mafia Today interviews ex-Mafia hit man Frank Cullota on live after the Mafia.

How difficult would it be to assume a different name, create a new Social Security number and rebuild a new identity from scratch? How would banks, landlords, utilities, neighbors and others react to a man or woman without a past?

Frank Cullotta knows. A former mob hit man in Las Vegas, he was portrayed in the 1995 film Casino as the link between the Chicago bosses and Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Tony Spilotro, the men who inspired the movie’s Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci characters. In 1982 he had a falling out with his friend Spilotro and agreed to provide evidence against his former associates. The federal government entered him into the witness protection program.

The U.S. Marshals Service running the program set down some basic rules that run very much counter to our current era of constant sharing on social media.

“First of all, they don’t want you to take any pictures and send them to anybody because it will show, even if you got a town over or two town over from where you are at, it will show that you are in that vicinity,” he said. “And in the pictures they say there is always something that will show in the picture. Like a phonebook will be in the background.”


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