A trove of FBI files have revealed how former Mafia boss Frank Cali dodged arrest for decades as he rose the ranks of the Gambino crime family.
The series of heavily-redacted files obtained by the New York Post tell how he ascended from a mere foot soldier for the crime syndicate, funding the operation through phone card scams, to the don, owning a multi-million dollar real estate empire.
Officials had referred to him throughout the years as a ‘ghost’ who kept a low-profile to avoid federal prosecution even as FBI agents tailed him for years.
Cali was only arrested once, in 2008, and served just 16 months in prison before returning to the crime family and becoming its kingpin.
By the time he was shot dead at the age of 53 by a QAnon madman outside his redbrick house in the upmarket Todt Hill neighborhood of Staten Island, Cali had developed a real estate empire.
A law enforcement official told the New York Times in the aftermath that ‘Franky Boy’ Cali was the complete opposite of…